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Upcoming Webinars

Webinar Series II: Environmental Data Analysis

Series II will teach participants with at least one year of environmental data how to progress from the monitoring stage to the management stage. At the end of the series, participants will be able to analyze and interpret meaning from environmental data, and respond to data interpretation by creating appropriate action plans.

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This webinar will summarize the broader field of research and standards, and discuss factors to consider when setting environmental parameters. The role of climate zone, building envelope, and mechanical system limitations will be discussed, as will the use of tools to aid in making well-informed decisions.

The third and final webinar will discuss how to make basic environmental changes or adjustments to improve their preservation environments, and provide guidelines for avoiding responses that may have negative consequences.

Webinar Archive

Understanding Fluctuations and Equilibrations

The webinar begins by expanding upon foundational research and theory by reviewing objects’ responses to environmental fluctuations and factors affecting the rate of object equilibration.

May 14, 2020 Watch the Recording Download (PDF)

Evaluating Collection Spaces

This webinar addresses how to implement an environmental management program, from identifying the key features of a mechanical system that create indoor environmental conditions, to where problematic microclimates may exist in a collection space, to how to begin an environmental monitoring program.

August 16, 2019 Watch the Recording Download (PDF)

Preventive Conservation and the Role of Environment

The webinar begins by covering how the environment fits into the larger frameworks of preventive conservation and risk analysis, and focusing on the environment’s impact on preservation, including how to identify what materials within a collection are most vulnerable to these factors.

July 25, 2019 Watch the Recording Download (PDF)

Using Identification to Improve Collection Preservation and Access

The webinar series culminates with a discussion of preservation and access for photographic collections. This presentation draws from recent research to include an overview of collections care for prints and photographs, such as proper storage, handling and display methods, and guidelines for a preservation storage environment.

February 14, 2018 Watch the Recording Download (PDF)

A Methodology for Process Identification, Part 2

This webinar showcases IPI’s web resource, It highlights the new process identification pages launched in December 2016 as well as the new filtered search and controlled vocabulary. IPI staff demonstrate how these new features can be used toward accurate process ID.

January 10, 2018 Watch the Recording Download (PDF)

A Methodology for Process Identification, Part 1

Process identification can be overwhelming and daunting. IPI has developed several tools in order to make this task easier. This includes a step-by-step methodology and a controlled vocabulary specific to photograph characteristics for identification. This webinar presents the methodology and controlled vocabulary.

December 13, 2017 Watch the Recording Download (PDF)

21st Century Materials and Technologies

This webinar provides an overview of 21st century digital printing processes. It includes a description of the three most common printing technologies as well as the range of materials available.

November 8, 2017 Watch the Recording Download (PDF)

20th Century Materials and Technologies

This webinar begins with an overview of 20th century materials and technologies. It focuses on the diversity of silver gelatin developed out prints. It also includes a discussion of color photographic processes and technologies.

October 11, 2017 Watch the Recording Download (PDF)

19th Century Materials and Technologies

This webinar discusses the diverse range of photographic materials and technologies used during the 19th century. It begins with a brief introduction to basic photographic technologies including the camera and printing methods. An overview of photographic printing processes and materials based on the light sensitivity of silver, iron, and chromium are given.

September 13, 2017 Watch the Recording Download (PDF)