Free Environmental Monitoring Webinar - 8/7/18

Join us on Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 from 1-1:30pm EDT as IPI staff Chris Cameron, Sustainable Preservation Specialist, and Kelly McCauley Krish, Preventive Conservation Specialist, answer common questions associated with starting an environmental monitoring program. 


New Product: Environmental Monitoring Starter Kit

Environmental Monitoring Starter Kit

Routine environmental monitoring of collections spaces, coupled with data analysis and environmental management, informs and enhances long-term preservation planning in cultural institutions. This "starter kit" provides the fundamental tools needed to establish a preservation environmental monitoring program. It includes 5 PEM2® dataloggers for collecting environmental data, IPI’s Guide to Sustainable Preservation Practices for introducing the basics of environmental monitoring in cultural institutions, and a flash drive for downloading environmental data from a PEM2.

To help institutions starting, or enhancing, an environmental monitoring program, we've created this bundle that saves $300 off the retail value of the products, an $1800 value when sold individually.

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IPI awarded $544,198 from the National Endowment for the Humanities

IPI Receives NEH Education and Training Grant

Rochester Institute of Technology’s Image Permanence Institute has received $544,198 in grants from the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support two major education and research initiatives. An education and training grant of $195,049 will fund a two-year project for workshops in libraries, archives and museums throughout the United States on the identification and long-term care of digitally printed materials. The project, titled Digital Print Preservation: Education and Training for Cultural Heritage Professionals, leverages more than a decade of research and education initiatives at IPI focused on digital print preservation. The research’s results in this area are accessible through the institute’s Digital Print Preservation Portal (DP3). Workshops are scheduled to begin in July and continue through December of next year. A research and development grant of $349,149 will support IPI’s three-year project focused on understanding the complex interactions between hygroscopic collection materials—defined as those materials that have a propensity to absorb moisture from the air—and their environment in response to temperature changes. The project, titled The Impact of Temperature Transitions, Short-term and Seasonal, on the Moisture Content of Library and Archive Collections, builds upon a legacy of IPI laboratory research and field experiments and will inform strategies for minimizing moisture content driven deterioration processes in both storage and access scenarios.

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PEM2® Recalibration Request Now Available OnlinePEM2 Recalibration Form

We've improved the process to request recalibration/repairs for IPI’s PEM2® data loggers. Simply use this form and fill out the information requested and a packing slip for printing will be generated. Print the slip and include it in the box along with the logger(s). Recalibration is recommended every 3 years. Service includes battery and humidity sensor replacement, firmware upgrades if applicable, and issuance of a new certificate of calibration.

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Free Process Identification Webinars

Process Identification WebinarsThis webinar series, funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities, is free and open for all to attend. The first three webinars will discuss the various materials and technologies of photographic prints. The next two will teach a methodology and controlled vocabulary for process identification, as well as a demo of how to use Graphics Atlas. The last one will include an overview of collections care for prints and photographs including proper storage, handling and display methods, and guidelines for the storage environment. Watching the webinars as a series is encouraged but not required. Recordings of the webinars will be made available.

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IPI Executive Director Appointed: Jennifer Jae Gutierrez

Jennifer Jae GutierrezGutierrez, who most recently served as the Arthur J. Bell Senior Photograph Conservator for the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona in Tucson, began her new position on April 10. She succeeds James Reilly, IPI’s founding director, who retired last December after nearly four decades at the institute, part of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Gutierrez, a distinguished photograph conservator, conservation educator and administrator, said she is both delighted and humbled to become IPI’s new leader. "I’m dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage, and, as executive director of IPI, I will have the potential to contribute to the preservation of collections around the world through leading IPI’s preservation research and educational initiatives," she said.

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Two short videos that introduce IPI’s approaches to sustainable management of collection storage environments

Two short videos that introduce IPI’s approaches to sustainable management of collection storage environmentsThese videos were created to supplement a series of webinars and workshops conducted from 2014 -2016 with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access. The first video, Sustainable Management of Collection Environments—Dynamic Approaches (watch now), challenges the premise that the best and most sustainable preservation environment is always static and unchanging. A modern view, based on extensive research, is that for many collections a dynamic approach can be more effective and sustainable. The video explores the fundamental ways in which collections deteriorate and talks about balancing collection needs, costs and institutional capabilities. The second video, Sustainable Management of Collection Environments—IPI’s Perspectives (watch now), presents IPI's perspectives on the practice of environmental management. It talks about the role of data and data analysis in achieving a healthy collections environment and shows how to get started with blending sustainability with sound preservation methods.

Apply Now: Process Identification Workshop Dates and Venues Announced

Workshop Dates and Venues Posted

Funded by NEH, this free three-day workshop will teach participants the tools and skills necessary for successful photographic process identification and care by breaking down the complicated subject into simple and easily manageable sections. The seven selected locations are: Rochester, NY, Atlanta, GA, Tucson, AZ, San Diego, CA, Austin, TX, Chicago, IL, and Boston, MA. Since attendance is limited to 20 participants at each venue, we are asking that applications be submitted for consideration. Attendees will be selected based on order of receipt as well as the need for a diversity of institution types and roles. Early application is highly recommended.

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