Connecting to Collections Final Report

In February 2009, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) was awarded a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) “Connecting to Collections” program to undertake a statewide preservation needs assessment of the Commonwealth’s cultural collections.  The Connecting to Collections survey subsequently developed was designed to assess the preservation needs of collections held by a wide variety of institutions.  It received 506 responses and generated a significant amount of useful information on the preservation needs of a wide variety of collecting institutions throughout the Commonwealth.

Presented here, in various documents, are the executive summary and overall analysis, the complete report with all the findings, and the various supporting documents relating to the individual types of responding institutions.   In addition, there are two sections presenting the raw data based on the size of the institution’s budget and by institution type.  Finally, there is a copy of the survey instrument itself.

While many will find the whole report illuminating, it is anticipated that people will be more interested in examining the results of the survey as it applies to their type of institution, thus the breakout by type of institution.

Any questions on the survey and/or the results should be addressed to Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, Preservation Specialist, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners at (617) 725-1860 x 236 or (800) 952-7403 x 236 (in-state) or at

Page last updated on 05/22/2015