Monday, October 18, 2010



* Are you struggling to implement the great ideas you picked up at a Connecting to Collections forum?
* Do you love your Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, but feel overwhelmed when looking for specific information?
* Do you want to improve collections care at your institution, but feel that you missed your chance to be part of Connecting to Collections?

The Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) national initiative, Connecting to Collections, created a national network of individuals and institutions committed to preserving collections for future generations. This fall, the IMLS, Heritage Preservation, and the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) are offering a series of webinars as the next installment of this effort. You may already be a part of this network, and ready to expand on the experience and your connections. If you have not already participated in the initiative, these webinars are the perfect opportunity for you to get involved.

Based on the content of the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, Forums, and Workshops, these webinars will connect you with experts and colleagues to discuss issues of common concern. The series is designed for libraries, museums, and archives, and will be of special interest to staff members of small to mid-sized institutions.

The series has a dual focus: 1) Learning how to conduct outreach to the media, the public, and funders on behalf of collections, and 2) Deriving maximum benefit from the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf.

Sign up for the entire series, or select just the sessions that most interest you. And feel free to invite your colleagues to participate as well; it’s free of charge! You are also encouraged to organize a group in your institution or community to participate in the webinar, then work together to put in action what you have learned.

If you can’t participate in the sessions live, don’t worry, they will be archived, and an announcement of their availability will be sent to all recipients of this message.

Each of the 90 minute webinars will begin with an interactive presentation, followed by discussion and Q&A. A trained moderator will ensure a lively session.

For more information and to register for the webinars, click here.