Planning Project

Oklahoma Connecting to Collections Initiative Planning Project
March 1, 2008 – February 28, 2010

Program: National Leadership Grant: Connecting to Collections

Awardee: Oklahoma Department of Libraries

Partners: Oklahoma Museums Association
Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board
Oklahoma Historical Society

Project Name: Connecting to Collections: The Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust

Project Director: Susan Feller

Synopsis: The Oklahoma Connecting to Collections project was directed by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Oklahoma Museums Association, the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, and the Oklahoma Historical Society. Over the two years of the project, representatives of cultural institutions, elected officials, funders, state agencies with similar missions, tribal cultural institutions, and members of the public worked together to assess the needs of Oklahoma collecting institutions. Information was gathered through a Public Opinion Survey, an Oklahoma Collections Care Needs Survey, three public meetings, eleven regional Cultural Summit Meetings, and a follow-up survey to prioritize needs and actions identified from Cultural Summit participants. At the conclusion of the planning project, much valuable information was gathered, greater awareness was created for the collection care needs of Oklahoma institutions, new volunteers were recruited, and an Action Plan was developed.

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