Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments (2010-2011)

Yale WorkshopFunded by a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Education & Training grant program, Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments will enable cultural institutions to avoid risks to collections while they support institutional sustainability efforts and pursue opportunities for energy cost reduction. Directed at a national audience of collection care, preservation, and facility management staff from cultural institutions, the project will provide instruction and guidance derived from the latest research and field practice in leading museums and libraries through a series of regional workshops and webinars. Our goal is to provide information and tools that will allow project participants to make informed decisions based on current research, reliable data, and a fact-based understanding of the relationship between environment and material decay.

The project website, www.ipisustainability.org, provides all the information associated with this project in one location. There will be five regional workshops and nine webinars for institutions who want to begin a new or enhance an ongoing environmental management program. The regional workshop venues include the University of Texas at Austin (Sept. 2010), Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University in New Haven, CT (Oct. 2010), the Minneapolis Historical Society in St. Paul, MN (Dec. 2010), the National Archives at Atlanta in Morrow, GA (Feb. 2011), and the libraries at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA (Apr. 2011). Nine webinars are scheduled between December 2010 and June 2011 – five focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with each region's climate and four covering specific environmental management topics.

Participants will receive a detailed Sustainable Preservation Practices workbook and access to a range of online tools and resources. This publication will be updated at the end of the project and made available on IPI's website.