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 an effort to understand how changes in mechanical system operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic impacted collections environments across institutions, IPI launched a field study through an online submission platform from October through November 2020.
IPI is thrilled to announce that Dr. Emma Richardson will start her role as Director of Research in July 2021. Emma is the first to hold this new leadership position, responsible for guiding IPI’s research agenda. Emma brings extensive research and leadership experience in the applied sciences, and an impressive professional record in higher education with a focus on cultural heritage.
IPI is looking to partner with three collecting institutions in North America as part of a three-year research project, Integrating Risk Assessment for Pollutants into Energy-saving Strategies, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The project involves two years of field research focused on monitoring room-level pollutant concentrations while implementing energy-saving strategies for mechanical system operation.
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.