Digital Print Preservation Education & Training Workshops – Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Digital Print Preservation WorkshopIPI staff will present a series of educational workshops and institutional visits designed to ensure that collection care professionals are adequately prepared to correctly identify and care for digitally printed materials in their collections. Outreach activities will be held at IPI, regional conservation centers, and conservation training programs in universities. The grant will also cover site visits to institutions with significant collections of digitally printed material.

These outreach activities build on IPI’s work on The DP3 Project: Digital Print Preservation Portal, funded by both the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The first phase of research identified the greatest threats to digitally printed materials (airborne pollutants, light exposure, high humidity, inappropriate enclosures, poor handling techniques, and flood damage). The second phase quantified the specific levels of stress needed to initiate damage and defined the best practices for mitigating these risks to ensure long-term access to these collections.

The first of two workshops to be held at the Image Permanence Institute in Rochester, NY has been scheduled for October 22 - 25, 2015. This workshop will present an overview of the history, technologies, and materials used in digital printing and provide the knowledge and skills needed to identify and preserve the most common digital print types: inkjet, electrophotography, and dye sublimation. Workshop presenters will compare modern digital prints to traditional prints such as offset lithography and traditional color photography to provide a benchmark for predicting digital print stability and implementing care. Hands-on practice with real examples of each process will give participants a better understanding of the variety of digital print formats and the vulnerabilities of each type.

The workshop is designed for professionals responsible for the long-term preservation of digitally-printed materials. Participants will learn through lecture, demonstration, print examination, hands-on exercise, and group discussion. Tuition for the workshop is waived thanks to support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Participants are responsible for all travel, room, and board expenses. Since attendance is limited to 15 participants, applications must be submitted for consideration. Attendees will be selected based on order of receipt as well as the need for a diversity of institution types, institutional roles, and geographic representation. Early application is highly recommended.

Click here to submit an application. Applications and supporting documents must be received by March 31, 2015. Notification of decisions will be made by April 30, 2015.

Contact Daniel Burge at if you have any questions.