April 5, 2021
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. This is an exciting opportunity for participants to engage in collaborative research with external experts, gain valuable project insights into the presence of pollutants within a storage space, and benefit from energy monitoring and the implementation of energy-saving operations for improved preservation, cost savings, and reduced carbon footprint.
Partner institutions will collaborate with the IPI project team to monitor temperature, relative humidity, pollutant levels, and energy usage in a collection storage space over two years. To ensure field-research goals can be met, partners will be identified through an application process. To be considered, partner institutions must have a collection storage space with a dedicated mechanical system capable of being programmed (i.e. BMS equipment). Monitoring equipment will be provided.
In the first year, monitoring will establish baseline conditions and, in the second year, energy-saving strategies (system shutdowns, fan speed reduction, and outside air reduction) will be implemented and the impact on conditions recorded through continued monitoring. The duties and time commitment of the lead contact at each partner institution is expected to be:
Multiple applications from the same institution for different storage spaces will be considered, but a separate application must be completed for each space. If you have any questions regarding the project and partner expectations, please contact Kelly Krish at email@example.com.. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2021, with notification in mid-June and on-site work to begin in October.
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.