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In Good Faith: Collection Care, Preservation, and Access in Small Theological and Religious Studies Libraries

 

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In September 2013, the American Theological Library Association, in partnership with the Catholic Library Association (CLA) and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL), received a 2013 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) for the project "In Good Faith: Collection Care, Preservation, and Access in Small Theological and Religious Studies Libraries."

During the grant period, the American Theological Library Association, the Catholic Library Association, and the Association of Jewish Libraries will assess the collection care, preservation, and access practices of small theological and religious studies libraries and begin to identify valuable and vulnerable collections held in these institutions.  
An Advisory Committee, including members of the project's partners and representatives of the research community has been assembled.  
The centerpiece of the project will be a survey designed for and deployed to institutions​ that may not have previously been included in such studies. 
Existing standards and practices that help libraries respond to their unique circumstances will be promoted to the targeted libraries and at the same time the partners will communicate the challenges and opportunities faced by these libraries to the larger library and research communities.
Finally, the project will explore collaborative initiatives to respond to identified long-term collection care, preservation, and access needs. 
National Leadership Grants for Libraries support projects that address challenges faced by the museum, library, and/or archive fields and that have the potential to advance practice in those fields. IMLS offers grants to help make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.
 
 
About IMLS
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebookand Twitter.
 
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