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Job Opening: Sustainable Preservation Specialist
IPI is seeking a Sustainable Preservation Specialist to join our staff. The Sustainable Preservation Specialist will provide information to a range of cultural institutions on best practices for managing and operating mechanical systems to provide the best possible preservation of collections with the least possible consumption of energy through a variety of consulting, advisory, and technical support activities.
Candidates should have a strong working knowledge of mechanical system operation and management, environmental data analysis, and sustainable mechanical system operation, as well as the willingness to learn from experts in the field of material preservation and collection care. On- and off-site consulting services include environmental monitoring and data analysis, mechanical system analysis, identification of energy saving opportunities, suggestions for mechanical system design and operation, and preservation commissioning.
A minimum of three years’ experience in facility management, mechanical engineering, project management, or mechanical system design and analysis strongly preferred. Experience working in a cultural institution (archive, library, or museum) preferred but not required. Teaching or presentation and writing experience desirable. Bachelor’s Degree or Certification in related field or equivalent training and experience required. This candidate must be willing and able to travel both nationally and internationally, and to work within mechanical rooms and mechanical systems.
How to Apply
To view the full job description and to be considered for this position, apply at: http://careers.rit.edu/staff/ and click on "Search Openings". Enter "895BR" in the keyword search.
EEO: RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion. For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov. RIT provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, veterans or wounded warriors where appropriate. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
IPI Awarded Four Major Grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities
Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Inkjet Printed Materials in Museum Collections
IMLS National Leadership for Museums program awarded $240,922 for Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Inkjet Printed Materials in Museum Collections (December 2013 through December 2015). Research will focus on creating effective disaster prevention, response, and recovery strategies for modern inkjet prints in institutional collections. Many inkjet prints are considerably more sensitive to water damage than traditional prints, and some inkjet print types can harm adjacent materials during water disasters. While preliminary work has been done to rank the relative sensitivities of these materials and evaluate potential methods for drying them post immersion, a full understanding of how these materials will behave during different water damage scenarios, from prolonged full immersion to small spills or exposure to damp conditions, has yet to be performed.
Research results will provide collection care personnel with the information and tools they need to minimize the risk of damage, respond effectively during the event, and stabilize materials exposed to water damage. Information on best practices including precautionary advice, guidelines for prioritization, recommendations for staging and rinsing, and suggestions for handling during salvage and drying will be made available through IPI’s Digital Print Preservation Portal website, www.dp3project.org.
Demonstrating a Sustainable Energy-Saving Methodology for Library Environments
IMLS National Leadership for Libraries program awarded $305,107 for Demonstrating a Sustainable Energy-Saving Methodology for Library Environments (December 2013 through November 2016). Based on research and field practice funded by IMLS, NEH, and the Mellon Foundation, IPI will consolidate its knowledge of sustainable mechanical system operation in libraries and demonstrate a field-tested methodology for achieving significant improvements in energy efficiency without placing collections at risk. The goal is to provide information which will allow institutions to achieve this goal using their own staff and existing resources. Recommendations will encourage a team effort involving both collections and facilities staff, identifying incremental steps with measurable feedback on preservation quality and operating costs, and the use of methods proven to be successful.
IPI will work closely with three partner libraries to test and refine the methodology and to improve its organization and functionality. The project will result in an easy-to-use publication describing the methodology for achieving an optimal and sustainable preservation environment.
Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments—Series #3
The NEH Preservation Education and Training Program awarded $190,000 for Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments—Series #3 (March 2014 through February 2016). Two previous Sustainable Preservation Practices series were extremely successful and well received, reaching thousands of individuals in institutions around the world. NEH funding will allow IPI to provide information about defining and achieving an optimal and sustainable preservation environment to hundreds of institutions around the country. Our goal is to present up-to-date information on preservation research along with the tools and strategies that will enable staff in collecting institutions to make informed, strategic decisions regarding sustainable practices that result in responsible collection care, energy cost savings, and carbon footprint reduction. In Series III, IPI staff will present five workshops in museums and libraries across the US, and nine webinars on environmental management topics. No fees will be charged to attend a workshop or participate in a webinar. We will also develop several educational videos on topics covered in the series. Visit www.ipisustainability.org for more information on this series.
Understanding Moisture Equilibrium for Humanities Collections: A New Path to Sustainable Humidity Control
The NEH Preservation and Access Research and Development awarded $350,000 for Understanding Moisture Equilibrium for Humanities Collections: A New Path to Sustainable Humidity Control (April 2014 through March 2017). This funding allows IPI to address the need to establish new proactive preservation strategies for managing the storage environment. This research builds on the results of previous NEH-funded studies and leverages IPI’s experience and capabilities in preservation management.
This project will include the study of moisture equilibration rates for paper-based library materials and will test new ways of managing relative humidity that could reduce the risks to collections from the most damaging conditions of summer dampness and winter dryness. The goal is to identify humidity control schemes that will be effective against seasonal high and low humidity levels, and to allow storage spaces without relative humidity control to effectively use enclosures to protect collections from environmentally-induced decay.
New environmental management strategies based on this research could significantly reduce energy costs while providing safe environments for books, manuscripts, maps, prints, and other paper-based humanities materials.
Graphics Atlas Interesting Picture of the Week
If you haven't seen it yet, we are excited to officially announce the debut of a new weekly email called Interesting Picture of the Week that highlights various interesting pictures from Graphics Atlas.
We've already received really good response and the word is spreading. We have a lot of great things planned so don't miss out and sign up today!
The Albumen and Salted Paper Book by James M. Reilly has been reprinted as a second edition and is now available for purchase thanks to the RIT Press!
The Albumen and Salted Paper Book is a descriptive history of the major photographic printing processes that were used between the years 1840-1895. These first 50 years of photography established a tradition of individual experimentation and craftsmanship where each photographer participated in the manufacture of the printing materials that were used. Albumen print and salted paper print were the ordinary, all-purpose materials of the time—albumen print is the second most common type of photograph ever made. This book describes both the technical information of these historical materials and offers the reader a very organized approach to this interesting process. 188 pages, hardcover, 6” x 9”. Price: $34.99.