IPI offers a range of remote and onsite preservation consulting services based on 35+ years of applied research - from environmental monitoring and data analysis, to mechanical system design consultation, analysis, and optimization.
Implement energy-saving strategies that maintain or improve the preservation quality of collection spaces. Conduct testing to identify optimal approach for a unique collection, space, and/or mechanical system.
Evaluate mechanical system performance and identify possible improvements or adjustments that could be applied with minimal or no capital investment.
Ensure that resources invested in mechanical system upgrades for collections will provide the desired preservation environment and are sustainable over time.
Evaluate whether or not a mechanical system(s) is working according to design specifications, and set realistic and sustainable goals for HVAC operation and long-term collection preservation.
Evaluate storage environments and their effects on collections in order to prioritize preservation needs. Provide recommendations to improve conditions in support of long-term preservation.
Examine the quality of the storage environment for acetate and nitrate film collections in various stages of condition and makes recommendations for improving long-term preservation.
If you are considering applying for funding to support consultations with preservation professionals about establishing environmental monitoring programs or improving preservation environments and have questions about IPI’s services in these areas please contact us.
This program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience: the ability to anticipate and respond to disasters resulting from natural or human activity.
This program helps small and mid-sized institutions — such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, cultural organizations, town and county records offices, and colleges and universities — improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.
This program supports museums of all sizes and disciplines to undertake projects that strengthen their ability to serve their public. Project activities may include exhibitions, educational or interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation.
This program is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. It is designed to support small museums of all disciplines in project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation.
This program provides small and mid-sized museums with partial funding toward a general conservation assessment. The assessment is a study of all of the institution's collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care.
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