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September 28, 2021
Foundational Research to Inform Preservation Guidelines for 3D Printed Objects in Museums
Foundational Research to Inform Preservation Guidelines for 3D Printed Objects in Museums

The Image Permanence Institute received a National Leadership Grant for Museums from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in the amount of $375,543 to support a three-year research project that will identify critical preservation challenges associated with 3D printed materials and technologies found in museums and develop resources that will support 3D printed object preservation.

July 26, 2021
Environmental Management During the Pandemic: Field Study Results
Environmental Management During the Pandemic: Field Study Results

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.

May 12, 2021
Dr. Emma Richardson Appointed Director of Research
Dr. Emma Richardson Appointed Director of Research

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.

April 5, 2021
Pollutant Research Partnership Opportunity
Pollutant Research Partnership Opportunity

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.

February 3, 2021
Sealed Frame Package Questionnaire Results
Sealed Frame Package Questionnaire Results

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.

December 22, 2020
Integrating Risk Assessment for Pollutants into Energy-saving Strategies
Integrating Risk Assessment for Pollutants into Energy-saving Strategies

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.

October 7, 2020
Online Environmental Management Workshops
Online Environmental Management Workshops

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.

August 7, 2020
Cost-Efficient Preservation Methods for Preparing Paper-Based Objects for Transit and Display
Cost-Efficient Preservation Methods for Preparing Paper-Based Objects for Transit and Display

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.

July 31, 2020
Growth Planning in Support of Cultural Heritage Preservation and Institutional Sustainability
Growth Planning in Support of Cultural Heritage Preservation and Institutional Sustainability

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our research and business assessment activities over the past ten months including online surveys, strategic conversations and working meetings with internal and external constituents, and an extensive evaluation of IPI’s existing business and fundraising practices.

July 30, 2020
Introducing Dr. Meredith Sharps
Introducing Dr. Meredith Sharps

We are thrilled to introduce our new Research Scientist, Dr. Meredith Sharps. Meredith joined IPI in June after a postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute, where she conducted collections-based research in the microanalysis laboratory.

June 25, 2020
Update on 2020 Vision Research Symposium
Update on 2020 Vision Research Symposium

With the continued impact of the global pandemic and the uncertainty of how COVID-19 will progress through the remainder of 2020, IPI has decided to cancel the 2020 Vision symposium scheduled for October 14-15 in Rochester, NY.

June 24, 2020
Advanced Inkjet Preservation Workshop 2021
Advanced Inkjet Preservation Workshop 2021

In collaboration with the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC), IPI will host an advanced inkjet preservation workshop in 2021.

April 17, 2020
Image Permanence Institute to participate in NEH Held in Trust
Image Permanence Institute to participate in NEH Held in Trust

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.

April 14, 2020
Environmental Data Analysis Webinars
Environmental Data Analysis Webinars

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.

January 30, 2020
Executive Summary of Findings Report from E-Survey and Strategic Discussions
Executive Summary of Findings Report from E-Survey and Strategic Discussions

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.

January 18, 2019
Research Assessments and Institutional Planning at the Image Permanence Institute
Research Assessments and Institutional Planning at the Image Permanence Institute

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.