Job Opening: Preventive Conservation Specialist

The Image Permanence Institute at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY is seeking a Preventive Conservation Specialist. The Preventive Conservation Specialist will provide information and guidance to a range of cultural institutions on preventive conservation, the role of environment in preservation, and best practices for sustainable environmental management, through a variety of consulting, outreach (teaching and publication), research, and technical support activities.

Candidates should have training and experience in the field of preservation and a strong interest in preventive conservation, managing the environment for preservation, and sustainable preservation practices. Five years relevant work experience in a museum, library, archive, or other cultural institution focused on collection management, preservation, or conservation is preferred. Teaching or presentation, writing, and project management skills are required. Candidates should have an advanced degree in Conservation, Preservation Administration, Library Science, Archives Management, or Museum Studies. Candidates must be willing and able to travel frequently, both nationally and internationally, and to work within mechanical rooms and mechanical systems. Scientific research experience is also desirable.

How to Apply
To view the full job description and to be considered for this position, apply at: http://careers.rit.edu/staff/; click on "Search Openings". Enter "1988BR" in the keyword search.

Additional Details
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT is an equal opportunity employer that promotes and values diversity, pluralism, and inclusion.  For more information or inquiries, please visit RIT/TitleIX or the U.S. Department of Education at ED.Gov.


IPI Awarded $399,825 Digital Image Correlation Grant

IPI has received a grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities in support of Digital Image Correlation to Determine Shape Deformation of Paper Based Collections Due to Relative Humidity and Temperature Variation. This three year project will focus on defining the permissible limits of relative humidity for rare books and other library and archive materials that are critical resources for humanities research. Dr. Andrew Lerwill, Research Scientist at the Image Permanence Institute and a PhD physicist with prior experience in conservation science at the Tate Gallery and the Getty Conservation Institute, will lead the research project.

While the study of safe limits for relative humidity (RH) for fine and decorative arts has received considerable attention, the complex and diverse mechanical structures of bound volumes has not. Mechanical (physical) damage due to dryness or excessive dampness is the principal reason why rare book and special collection materials require controlled environmental conditions.

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New Video: Effect of Humidity Fluctuation on a Rare Book

Effect of Humidity Flucutation on a Rare BookThis new video shows an experiment conducted at IPI to illustrate the physical effects that occur on library and archive materials due to changes in humidity conditions. In this example, a vellum bound book (Johann Hübner "Kurze Fragen aus der politischen Historia biß auf gegenwärtige Zeit" printed in 1701) was studied. The experiment started at an equilibrated condition of 55% relative humidity, then conditions were altered to 25%, back to 55%, and finally to 75%. The duration of the experiment was 12 hours and conducted at room temperature.

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Just Published: IPI Guide to Preservation of Digitally-Printed Photographs

IPI Guide to Preservation of Digital-Printed Photographs

This guide provides basic information on the storage and preservation of digitally-printed photographs in scholarly and cultural collections. While there are many printing technologies for output from computers, this guide focuses on the three most popular forms of image (i.e. pictorial) hardcopy:

  • Inkjet
  • Digital electrophotography
  • Dye sublimation

Information on recommended storage conditions, selection of housing and framing materials, proper handling and display are included. Collection care personnel in cultural institutions are the intended audience for this guide, however, it will also be useful to photographers, artists, and the general public.

Click here to download a PDF of the new guide.


Poster Price Reduction!

We have lowered the price of both our posters from $50 to $10! Photographic Negatives: Nature and Evolution of Processes and Knowing and Protecting Motion Picture Film Poster. Act soon before they sell out!

Graphics Atlas Interesting Picture of the Week

Graphics Atlas Interesting Picture of the Week

If you haven't seen it yet, we are excited to officially announce the debut of a new weekly email called Interesting Picture of the Week that highlights various interesting pictures from Graphics Atlas.

We've already received really good response and the word is spreading. We have a lot of great things planned so don't miss out and sign up today!


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The Albumen and Salted Paper Book by James M. Reilly has been reprinted as a second edition and is now available for purchase thanks to the RIT Press!

The Albumen and Salted Paper BookThe Albumen and Salted Paper Book is a descriptive history of the major photographic printing processes that were used between the years 1840-1895. These first 50 years of photography established a tradition of individual experimentation and craftsmanship where each photographer participated in the manufacture of the printing materials that were used. Albumen print and salted paper print were the ordinary, all-purpose materials of the time—albumen print is the second most common type of photograph ever made. This book describes both the technical information of these historical materials and offers the reader a very organized approach to this interesting process. 188 pages, hardcover, 6” x 9”. Price: $34.99.

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