In February, 2009, the State Library of Ohio, in partnership with the Ohio Historical Society, was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Connecting to Collections Planning Grant. Entitled “Ohio Heritage Partnership: A Statewide Initiative”, this project will begin to address the lack of care and preservation of Ohio’s cultural heritage which has reached a crisis point and must be addressed if our heritage is to be saved.
The Connecting to Collections grant program grew out of the 2005 publication “A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Heath Index (HHI) Report on the State of America’s Collections”, a joint project of Heritage Preservation and IMLS. The HHI Report concludes that our nations’ collections of objects and documents are imperiled and in need of swift action. The report recommendations include:
- Provision of safe conditions for the collections
- Development of emergency plans
- Assignment of responsibility for caring for collections to institutional staff
- Broad public/private support for collection stewardship
In response to the HHI, IMLS launched a call to action entitled “Connecting to Collections”. One component was the initiation of planning grants. Each state was eligible to receive one of the $40,000 awards. Grants allow for collaborative planning partnerships among libraries, museums, archives and other statewide organizations to address the HHI recommendations. Ohio submitted an application in October 2008, receiving the award notification in February 2009. The needs assessment survey will be sent to all Ohio cultural heritage organizations in early January, 2010. Ohio will develop a directory of contact and institutional information, conduct a needs assessment of Ohio cultural heritage institutions and host a summit entitled “The State of the Historical Record in Ohio” in summer 2010. All of these activities will culminate in the writing of an Ohio Cultural Strategic Plan.
Save the Date: Connecting to Collections Regional Workshops in November 2014
Register now for “A Question of Balance: Collection Environment Basics: How to Maintain Your Collection and What to Do if Something Goes Wrong.” Five Dates in November, Five Locations, Same Great Content