January 4, 2024
IPI is looking for a new team member in a redefined Sustainable Preservation Specialist role. The Sustainable Preservation Specialist supports professionals working in collecting institutions with environmental monitoring and sustainable preservation practices. They assist collecting institutions with basic environmental monitoring and data analysis, advise on logger placement in collection storage and exhibition spaces, and provide instruction on the use of IPI’s data management and analysis software, eClimateNotebook. The successful candidate may have a background in collections care, preventive conservation, environmental sustainability, or mechanical system operations. IPI will support mentoring and professional development to ensure a comprehensive background in sustainable preservation practices and topics. This posting is for a 2-year contract with the potential for extension.
Candidates should have a strong interest in managing collections environments for preservation. 1-3 years of relevant work experience in a museum, library, archive, or other collecting institution is preferred, but not required. Previous teaching, outreach, or project support activities are also preferred.
Candidates should have the ability to work with and understand the role of collection management, preservation, facility management, and administrative staff in small to large collecting institutions, and to be a liaison between these groups as necessary. Previous experience partnering with mechanical system and/or HVAC engineers, and project leadership in environmental management is preferred.
The RIT wage band for this position is 118H, with a minimum compensation of $21.95/hour to $36.77/hour. Learn more about the position (RIT Career Zone, 8520BR) and apply
The application review process will begin on January 24, 2024 and continue until the position is filled. Please contact Jae Gutierrez, Executive Director and Chair of the search committee, if you have any questions about the position: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2004, IPI released ClimateNotebook, the first desktop software designed specifically for libraries, archives, and museums to graph environmental data and generate reports with preservation analysis. In 2012, eClimateNotebook (eCNB) was launched. A web application that synthesized the strengths of ClimateNotebook, and IPI’s other preservation management tools (MyClimateData and PEMdata) into a single, unified platform.
The Image Permanence Institute has been awarded $315,854 from the National Endowment for the Humanities Research & Development grant program to support a three-year research project titled, Evaluating the Mechanical Stability of 3D Printed Materials to Inform Collections Care Decision Making for Preservation and Access.
Xinxin Li is IPI’s new 3D Design Assistant working under the supervision of Meredith Noyes, Research Scientist, as part of the IMLS-funded project Foundational Research to Inform Preservation Guidelines for the Creation, Collection, and Consumption of 3D Printed Objects in Museums. Xinxin is a MFA candidate in Industrial Design at RIT and comes to IPI after receiving her BFA in Industrial Design from Savannah College of Art and Design.
In May-June 2022, IPI conducted an online survey assessing how collecting institutions are using 3D printing and interacting with 3D printed objects and materials. The survey covered three major areas: 3D printed objects and artwork found in collections, conservation treatments of 3D printed objects, and 3D printing in preservation and access activities, including its use as a tool in conservation treatments of non-3D printed objects, exhibition and display, and collections transportation.