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April 1, 2022
Job Opportunity: Research Scientist
Job Opportunity: Research Scientist

The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) is looking for an accomplished data scientist to join its preservation research team. Reporting to the Director of Research at IPI, this new position offers the opportunity to apply and develop data analytics and modeling within the field of cultural heritage.

April 1, 2022
Job Opportunity: Financial & Operations Assistant
Job Opportunity: Financial & Operations Assistant

The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) is looking for a Financial and Operations Assistant. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Financial and Operations Assistant is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of accounting transactions, and providing accounting support and excellent customer service.

January 25, 2022
Conservation Science: Heritage Materials
Conservation Science: Heritage Materials

IPI is pleased to announce the publication of the Second Edition of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Conservation Science: Heritage Materials, co-edited by our Director of Research, Emma J Richardson. To achieve greatest impact, conservation science requires close collaboration with key stakeholders such as conservators, curators, artists and the public, providing context for scientific analysis and ensuring critical questions are addressed.

January 6, 2022
IPI on the Green Museum Podcast
IPI on the Green Museum Podcast

Founded by host Hilary Wilson, Green Museum - a podcast explores the topic of sustainability within the arts and cultural heritage sector. IPI staff Kelly Krish, Al Carver-Kubik, and Meredith Noyes were Hilary’s guests for episode seven, Sustainable Preservation at the Image Permanence Institute.

October 27, 2021
Crate, Crate Preparation, and Packing Materials Questionnaire Report
Crate, Crate Preparation, and Packing Materials Questionnaire Report

In the summer of 2021, IPI distributed an online questionnaire about crate, crate preparation, and packing materials used by collecting institutions to transport paper-based objects. The questionnaire was posted to the American Institute for Conservation’s Global Conservation Forum and Member Community distribution lists in June and via this quarterly newsletter in July.

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.