FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 7, 2009
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
NH State Library to create database of NH’s cultural collections
The New Hampshire State Library has received a $40,000 National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to create a statewide database of cultural collections housed in New Hampshire’s nearly 800 libraries, museums, and other culture and heritage organizations.
This online database, “Connecting to Collections” will bring together information about collections from all participating organizations, allowing anyone with internet access to go online and learn more about items important to New Hampshire’s culture and heritage.
Two major goals for “Connecting to Collections” are to raise awareness that collections about New Hampshire’s cultural heritage exist and to increase access to them. In addition, “Connecting to Collections” will focus attention on the importance of safe environmental conditions, emergency preparedness, state preservation leadership and the sustainable preservation funding needed to help maintain these vital collections.
“By increasing access to the many unique collections housed in New Hampshire’s cultural institutions, ‘Connecting to Collections’ will not only increase awareness of them, but also of their need for long-term care,” said Janet Eklund, administrator of library operations. “The program will position state and local organizations in New Hampshire to move forward with advocacy plans and fundraising campaigns to sustain the heritage, culture and knowledge contained within their institutions.”
New Hampshire has 232 public libraries, 140 historical societies, 150 art galleries and museums, 25 academic institutions, and 245 city, county and town government archives. All will be able to participate in “Connecting to Collections,” which is scheduled to open for data input in late 2009. It will be available for public searches in mid-2010.
The New Hampshire State Library promotes excellence in libraries and library services to all New Hampshire residents, by assisting libraries and the people of New Hampshire with rapid access to library and informational resources through the development and coordination of a statewide library/information system; by meeting the informational needs of New Hampshire’s state, county and municipal governments and its libraries; and by serving as a resource for New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.nh.gov/nhsl.