Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Project with New York State's Big 11 Research Libraries (2007-2009)

Big 11 library booksSponsored and coordinated by the Preservation Department at New York University, and funded by the Conservation/Preservation Program, New York State Library Division, the New York State Environmental Assessment project is a collaborative between the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) and research libraries at SUNY Albany, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Binghamton, Columbia University, New York University, and the University of Rochester. The project's goal is to acknowledge the need for management and administration of environmental risk as well as to develop a dynamic mechanism within a preservation program to tackle and resolve problems.

During the course of the project, the libraries collected temperature and relative humidity data in areas of special concern for eighteen months. IPI provided PEM2® dataloggers and individual MyClimateData.com sites. Group meetings at the beginning and end of the project included all participants, and technical support was provided throughout.  This environmental management structure allows for risk analysis that combines environmental data with a palette of techniques to analyze, understand, interpret, and report on the damaging effects of poor environmental conditions. Ideally, this documentation can be strategically employed to achieve optimum environmental conditions with existing mechanical systems, or to make a strong case for updating the capabilities of these systems.


IPI can work with your organization to develop an Environmental Monitoring and Analysis project that fits your needs, from designing an environmental management program, purchasing monitoring equipment, evaluating HVAC design plans, review of existing mechanical systems, energy saving opportunities, risk analysis, and more.

Contact Patricia Ford to discuss your needs: pafpph@rit.edu