Videos

The Instantaneous Effects of Water on Inkjet Prints (watch the video)

The Instantaneous Effects of Water on Inkjet Prints

This video was created as part of IPI’s Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Inkjet Printed Materials in Museum Collections project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It illustrates what will happen to different types of inkjet prints immediately upon exposure to water. It should be noted that prints that are not harmed after only one second might still become damaged after hours or days submerged. This video demonstrates how extremely sensitive to water some print types are. The most vulnerable prints must be stored in such a way as to never allow water, or other liquids, to touch the surface.

Effect of Humidity Fluctuation on a Rare Book (watch the video)

Effect of humidity fluctuation on a rare book

This video shows an experiment conducted at IPI to illustrate the physical effects that occur on library and archive materials due to changes in humidity conditions. In this example, a vellum bound book (Johann Hübner "Kurze Fragen aus der politischen Historia biß auf gegenwärtige Zeit" printed in 1701) was studied. The experiment started at an equilibrated condition of 55% relative humidity, then conditions were altered to 25%, back to 55%, and finally to 75%. The duration of the experiment was 12 hours and conducted at room temperature.
 

DP3 Project Activities (watch the video)

DP3 Activities

An overview of the various tests and research activities for the DP3 Project. This includes research on digitally printed materials using light-stability, pollution sensitivity, abrasion resistance, flood resistance, thermal aging, and humidity-fastness tests. Visit www.dp3project.org to learn more.

 

 

Sustainable Preservation Strategies (watch the video)

Sustainable Preservation Strategies

Image Permanence Institute Director, James Reilly, explains how IPIs tools and analysis methods have lead to a management approach that balances the long-term preservation of collections with the sustainable operation of mechanical systems. By considering the general equilibration rates of collection materials and using the Preservation Metrics to interpret environmental data, IPI believes it is possible to implement energy-saving HVAC operations that could benefit long-term preservation of collections.

 

IPI's Preservation Management Approach (watch the video)

IPI's Preservation Management Approach

Image Permanence Institute Director, James Reilly, explains IPIs approach to managing collection environments for preservation. After years of research on the processes and mechanisms of collection decay, IPI has developed a new approach that enables cultural institutions to understand and improve the long-term preservation of collection materials.

 

 

IPI's Monitoring Tools (watch the video)

IPI's Monitoring Tools

Image Permanence Institute Director, James Reilly, describes tools designed and developed by IPI for monitoring temperature and relative humidity conditions in cultural institutions. Reilly demonstrates how to use IPIs datalogger, the PEM2, and the accompanying website for data storage, organization and analysis.

 

 

IPI's Preservation Metrics (watch the video)

IPI's Preservation Metrics

Image Permanence Institute Director, James Reilly, explains the development and the application of IPIs analysis tools, the Preservation Metrics. The Preservation Metrics are algorithms that use the observed temperature and humidity conditions to estimate the risk of four types of potential damage to collection materials.

 

 

Preservation Metrics: Natural Aging (watch the video)

Natural Aging

Image Permanence Institute Director, James Reilly, presents the brittle cracking of a book cover, the deterioration of a silver gelatin acetate negative, and the discoloration of two book pages as examples of Natural Aging. Natural Aging is one of the categories of decay considered by IPI's Preservation Metrics, algorithms that use the temperature and humidity conditions to rate the risk of potential damage to cultural heritage collection materials.

 

Preservation Metrics: Metal Corrosion (watch the video)

Metal Corrosion

Image Permanence Institute Director, James Reilly, presents a tarnished daguerreotype as an example of Metal Corrosion. Metal Corrosion is one of the categories of decay considered by IPI's Preservation Metrics, algorithms that use the temperature and humidity conditions to rate the risk of potential damage to cultural heritage collection materials.

 

Preservation Metrics: Mechanical Damage (watch the video)

Mechanical Damage

Image Permanence Institute Director, James Reilly, presents a 15th century vellum book as an example of Mechanical Damage. Mechanical Damage is one of the categories of decay considered by IPI's Preservation Metrics, algorithms that use the temperature and humidity conditions to rate the risk of potential damage to cultural heritage collection materials.

 

 

Preservation Metrics: Mold Risk (watch the video)

Mold Risk

Image Permanence Institute Director, James Reilly, presents an example of mold growth on a role of 35mm film. Mold Risk is a category of decay considered by IPI's Preservation Metrics, algorithms that use the temperature and humidity conditions to rate the risk of potential damage to cultural heritage collection materials.

 

Understanding HVAC Systems (watch the video)

Understanding HVAC Systems

Image Permanence Institute Director, James Reilly, discusses the importance of understanding HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) systems and outdoor climate patterns when managing environments for museum or library collections. Because HVAC systems modify the outdoor air to create the indoor environments surrounding collection objects, it is essential for preservation staff to have a basic knowledge of how these systems work and how their operation impacts the preservation of the collections.

 

Solutions for Small Institutions (watch the video)

Solutions for Small Institutions

Image Permanence Institute Director, James Reilly, discusses possible preservation management solutions for small institutions and Laura Osterhout, the Regional Services Librarian from the Western New York Library Resources Council (WNYLRC), explains their datalogger loan program. Even though resources may be limited, there are many options for small museums, small libraries or historical societies to begin managing their environmental conditions and to take steps to improve the preservation of their collections.

 

Dedication of the Peter Z. Adelstein Library (watch the video)

Dedication of the Dr. Peter Z. Adelstein Library

IPI's 25th Anniversary celebration and the dedication of the Dr. Peter Z. Adelstein Library on May 20, 2010.