KGS receives funding from the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation
The Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky is one of 75 institutions in the United States selected to participate in the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation's Collections Assessment for Preservation program. CAP helps small and mid-size institutions improve the care of their collections by providing support for a general conservation assessment of the collections and buildings. Through this program, KGS staff will work with a team of preservation professionals to identify preservation priorities. Liz Adams is leading the effort and will facilitate the hiring of the assessors and coordination of discussions among KGS staff, the KGS Advisory Board, and the assessors.
KGS's collections contain physical samples, maps, field notes, project data, subsurface documentation from a variety of well types and resource extraction techniques, publications, photographs, and even artwork. The assessment will consider environmental conditions, storage, metadata collection and management, and policies related to care of the collection. The final assessment report will help KGS set priorities to improve the care of KGS's geologic collections and will be presented to the KGS Advisory Board and KGS staff. The CAP program and the assessors will help KGS implement the final report, including recommendations about funding and development of a timeline and plan for the project.
KGS collections are available for viewing upon request, and many parts of the collections can be viewed online via the KGS website. The collections are housed in the Mining and Mineral Resources Building on the UK campus and the Earth Analysis Research Library at Research Park Drive.
The CAP program is administered by the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Foundation saves cultural heritage for future generations, protecting it from decay and destruction. Learn more about the Foundation at https://www.culturalheritage.org/about-us/foundation. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. It advances, supports, and empowers America's museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development.