The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in partnership with Heritage Preservation and the Zoological Society of San Diego presented:  It's Alive! Petals to Primates: Preservation Challenges of Living Collections, a forum to address issues of pressing concern to the smaller institutions that are stewards of America's collections of plants and animals:

  • How to stay current on new directions in collections planning and management.
  • How to protect collections from natural disasters.
  • How to organize and care for the records and photographs that document collections.
  • How to attract funding for the collections in tough economic times.

Douglas G. Myers, CEO/Executive Director of the Zoological Society of San Diego, was the forum's keynote speaker. Funding from the Legler Benbough Foundation, The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and the Chanticleer Foundation helped make this forum possible.

More information regarding the forum and the Connecting to Collections initiative can be found at: