The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is holding a special competition for institutions with living collections of plants and animals to receive the IMLS Connecting to Collections Bookshelf. The Bookshelf consists of a core set of 12 resources on the preservation and care of collections, as well as six texts specifically designed to address collections care issues related to plants and animals. Aquaria, arboreta, botanical gardens, nature centers, and zoos are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted online from 19 October through 20 November. For more information or to apply, please visit http://www.imls.gov/news/2009/091509.shtm.
Our members are part of an international community of museums, botanical gardens, herbariums, universities and other institutions that house natural science collections and utilize them in research, exhibitions, academic and informal science education, and outreach activities.