Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Inkjet Printed Materials in Museum Collections (2013-2015)

Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery of Inkjet Printed Materials in Museum CollectionsThis project is intended to develop proper response and recovery strategies for inkjet prints exposed to water emergencies. Institutional personnel do not have the information or training to respond to damage to inkjet prints caused by flood or other unintended exposures to water. Many inkjet prints are considerably more sensitive to water damage than traditional prints, and some inkjet print types can also significantly harm adjacent materials during water disasters. Earlier research suggests that inkjet prints when wet can be prone to high levels of dye bleed, dissolution of paper coatings, cracking or delamination of surface layers, blocking, ferrotyping, etc. While preliminary work has been done to rank the relative sensitivities of these materials and evaluate some potential methods for drying them post immersion, a full understanding of how the materials will behave during different water emergency scenarios, from small spills to prolonged full immersions, as well as exposure to sustained damp conditions, has yet to be performed. This project is intended to fill that knowledge gap and provide collection care personnel with the information and tools they need: first, to minimize risk of damage; second, to respond most efficiently during the event; and third, to retrieve and stabilize exposed materials following such unfortunate events. This project is being funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Project updates available at: www.dp3project.org.