IPI Director James Reilly Receives Banks Harris Award

James ReillyThe Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, established in memory of two early leaders in library preservation, recognizes the contributions of professional preservation specialists. The award is administered by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association. This award recognizes the contribution of a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation or conservation for library or archival materials.

James Reilly is the Director of the Image Permanence Institute, an organization founded in 1985. Under Reilly’s direction IPI has expanded its mission and today its work has an impact on collecting institutions worldwide. Early projects focused on the preservation of imaging media, followed by studies of the effect of temperature and humidity on the decay rate of vulnerable materials. Research led to the development of environmental management tools designed to help collection care staff in cultural institutions document and understand the impact of the environment on collection materials over time. Years of extensive laboratory research, field work, data collection and analysis have led IPI to the development of sustainable practices to improve the preservation quality of storage and display environments.

Mr. Reilly will receive the award at the 2014 ALCTS Awards Ceremony and Membership Meeting in Las Vegas on June 28th.