Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums, has selected Cabrillo Marine Aquarium as a recipient of the “Connecting to Collections Bookshelf Award.” Anne-Imelda Radice, Director of IMLS, announced that 33 institutions with living collections were selected after participating in a competitive application process. Of the awardees, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA) stands alone as the only aquarium to be selected. More than half (19) of the institutions selected for the Bookshelf Award were zoos. Other types of institutions receiving the award include four arboreta/botanical gardens, and two nature centers. “We are so proud of our Exhibit, Aquaria, and Library staff for their hard work and collaboration in competing for and bringing home this set of resources that will help us provide the best care for our animals,” said CMA Director, Mike Schaadt.

The award consists of a core set of 12 resources, including several items developed especially for the Bookshelf. In addition to the core resources, institutions with living collections will receive six texts specifically designed to address collections care issues related to plants and animals. The award will be on special display in CMA’s Virginia Reid-Moore Marine Research Library before being added to the permanent reference materials.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is located at 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro and is celebrating its 75th anniversary throughout 2010. The Aquarium is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. For further information, reservations, or to receive a calendar of events, please call (310) 548-7562 or visit their website at