January 30, 2020
IPI celebrates its 35th year of preservation research in 2020! In November 2019, we sent out a survey focused on perceptions of IPI, engagement preferences, research needs, IPI products and services, and philanthropic interests. More than 470 colleagues from 35 countries responded. The survey results are actively being used to inform three working meetings convening preservation researchers, conservation and collections care professionals, and preservation educators. All of these activities will inform IPI’s research agenda and strategic planning for 2021 and beyond. Our hope is that the results will also inform work in allied institutions, and lead to new collaborations and innovative research initiatives. An executive summary of the survey responses prepared by Graham-Pelton consultants, our assessment collaborators, is available at the link below. We will continue to share assessment updates in the months ahead, and are grateful to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support for these activities.
IPI distributed an online questionnaire in November 2020 to inform a current inventory of commonly used materials and designs for sealed frame packages. We are grateful to the more than 100 colleagues, working in a variety of collecting institution types around the world, who responded to our sealed frame package questionnaire.
The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the Image Permanence Institute a Research and Development grant for $350,000 to support a three-year, field-based research project that will apply data from pollutant and environmental (temperature and relative humidity) monitoring to comprehensively balance these known risks to collections when implementing energy-saving mechanical system operations.
Applications are being accepted for an online environmental management workshop, offered once a month November through February. The workshop is four days long with two sessions per day from 10am-12pm ET, and 1-3pm ET. Content is designed to guide participants through the process of implementing a sustainable environmental management program.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded the Image Permanence Institute $429,409 in funding to support a three-year research project designed to identify the most cost-efficient and environmentally responsible methods of preparing paper-based collection objects for transit and display while maintaining preservation standards.