RIT Image Permanence Institute Newsletter April 2019

Environmental Management Webinars and Workshops

In our January newsletter we announced a new two-year project, “Training Sustainable Environmental Management Teams for Cultural Institutions,” aimed at increasing the capacity of collections professionals to independently establish and maintain sustainable environmental management programs. Registration is now open for the project webinars and workshops. If you are unable to attend a webinar live, each webinar will be recorded and posted on IPI’s website for future viewing. Applications are required for workshop teams, and workshops will be offered across the country in 2020 to make content accessible to as many institutions as possible. These training opportunities are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and registration is free. Content delivery will be led by IPI’s Christopher Cameron, Sustainable Preservation Specialist, and Kelly Krish, Preventive Conservation Specialist.



Environmental Management Tools

Environmental monitoring is the first step to sustainable preservation environmental management in cultural institutions and IPI produces environmental monitoring and data analysis tools designed specifically for use in cultural institutions. In addition, years of laboratory and field-based research also informs IPI’s published guides on how to implement sustainable preservation practices. Whether exploring how to start an environmental monitoring program, or looking to implement energy-saving strategies in your collections environments, be sure to review our environmental management tools to help you through the process.



Photo-safe Reference Guide in Spanish and Portuguese

IPI’s two-page photo-safe reference was developed to inform users of all the testing procedures used to evaluate whether or not certain photo storage, display, and labeling materials can be classified as chemically inert in accordance with the International Standard ISO 18902:2013 Imaging materials – Processed imaging materials – Albums, framing and storage materials. Published in English last year, Andrea Venosa, IPI Research Scientist, recently partnered with Beatrice Haspo and Amparo R. de Torres of APOYOnline in translating this resource into both Spanish and Portuguese. IPI is grateful for APOYO’s contributions in helping us achieve our goal of making this resource more widely accessible to cultural heritage professionals internationally.



IPI Research Highlighted at NEH for All

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) is a coalition of organizations dedicated to advancing humanities education, research, preservation and public programs. NHA’s “NEH for All” is a digital clearinghouse that profiles influential National Endowment for the Humanities projects across the nation, and articulates how the Endowment benefits a wide range of communities. The first phase of NEH for All is now available online and highlights NEH support to IPI. In the coming months, additional profiles will be added so be sure to check back as the content evolves.



Graphics Atlas Videos

Three new videos that provide an overview of print and photograph materials, teach an easy step-by-step approach for photographic process identification, and show how to pair this approach to process identification with IPI’s online resource Graphics Atlas are available online.



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Upcoming Events

Short Course on the Preservation of Digital Prints
IHotel and Conference Center
June 10, 2019 – 9am-12pm – Champaign, IL
Daniel Burge, IPI Senior Research Scientist, will present on the issues involved with digital print collection care. Topics include a definition of the term digital print, an introduction to the history and technologies of the most common digital printers, likely forms of deterioration for digital prints, general recommendations for care, as well as suggested naming conventions and descriptive terminology for cataloging and other records. Ample time for discussion will be available to ensure that all questions can be raised and addressed. A free continental breakfast will be provided. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The 60th Annual RBMS Conference
Response & Responsibility: Special Collections and Climate Change
June 18-21, 2019 – Baltimore, MD
Christopher Cameron, IPI Sustainable Preservation Specialist will present “The Physical Storage Environment: Impacts and Solutions”
When it comes to creating a storage environment, institutions employ a variety of mechanical systems and space arrangements designed to extend the life of their collections. However, inefficient operation, faulty equipment, or inadequate environmental set points may cause damage to collection materials while consuming excess energy. This talk will summarize the pitfalls that many collecting institutions encounter within their storage facilities and introduces strategies to identify and correct them.




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Image Permanence Institute – GAN 2000
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