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.
In collaboration with the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC), IPI arranged to host two workshops on advanced inkjet preservation in conjunction with our 2020 Vision symposium in October.
The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) has been awarded a three-year cooperative agreement totaling $500,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to evaluate current national infrastructure in conservation and make recommendations to strengthen preservation of cultural heritage for present and future generations.
Our 2020 series of Environmental Data Analysis webinars has been rescheduled. This series of three webinars will teach participants how to analyze and interpret meaning from environmental data, and respond to data interpretation by creating appropriate action plans.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded RIT $165,000 in funding to support assessment initiatives that will inform and strengthen short- and long-term research goals and institutional planning at IPI.