Webinar Recordings

IPI’s NEH-funded Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments—Series II included nine webinars which provided information on a variety of topics from recent preservation research to tips for dealing with broad environmental challenges such as summer heat and humidity and winter dryness. These webinars were offered free-of-charge.

Webinars were developed with a structured curriculum so that each presentation can stand alone as a reference on a particular topic. Our goal was to provide useful tools and information that will allow participants to make informed decisions and to initiate successful environmental management practices at their own institutions. We strongly encouraged teams of collection care, facilities management, and administrative staff to participate.


January 9, 2013
: The Evolution of New Standards—Defining an Optimal & Sustainable Preservation Environment in the 21st Century

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  • The last 20 years of research on environment and material decay
  • Why the old rules (70°/50% and flat lining) don’t work anymore
  • How heat and humidity affect long term collection preservation
  • Equilibration rates
  • Manage seasonal highs and lows, avoid extremes

 

February 6, 2013: Dealing with Winter Dryness

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  • The effect of low humidity levels on collections
  • Ways to control low humidity
  • Equilibration times
  • Answers to your questions


 

March 6, 2013: Understand the Role of Temperature, Relative Humidity, and Dew Point in Creating a Sustainable Preservation Environment
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  • Explanation of dew point
  • What determines dew point temperature and how it is adjusted by mechanical systems
  • Relationship between Temperature – Relative Humidity – Dew Point
  • Why the environment you can achieve is determined by the dew point
  • Using dew point to improve environmental data analysis


 

April 3, 2013: The Fundamentals of HVAC – What Shapes the Storage Environment
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  • Influence of regional / local climate
  • Importance of the building envelope
  • Basics of HVAC systems – “The Loop”
  • Where the energy goes
  • Working as a team to get to know the capabilities of your HVAC system and define an optimal environment for your institution




May 1, 2013: 
Best Practices for Collecting and Analyzing Environmental Data
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  • Importance of collecting data
  • Basics of Data Analysis
  • Various modes of decay
  • Meaning and origin of Preservation Metrics™
  • Taking the long term view

 

June 5, 2013: Dealing with Summer Heat & Humidity
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  • The effect of heat and humidity on collections
  • Ways to control heat and humidity
  • Equilibration times
  • Answers to your questions


 

July 10, 2013: Investigate your HVAC System & Identify Potential Energy Savings – Guest Speaker Peter Herzog, Herzog/Wheeler & Associates, Energy Management Consultant
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  • Understand your HVAC system components
  • Create diagrams and cartoons
  • Where to look for energy savings
  • Identify and correct sub-optimal operations
  • Answers to your questions


 

August 7, 2013: Practical Approaches to Environmental Control for Small Institutions – Guest speaker, Richard Kerschner, Director of Preservation and Conservation, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont
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  • Reduce environmental problems at the source – dust, moisture, heat, and light
  • Environmental conditions that historic buildings can support
  • Conservation heating to reduce high and low RH
  • Conservation ventilation to reduce high RH
  • The preservation power of cold temperatures


 

September 4, 2013: Sustainable Preservation Practices
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  • Form an environmental management team
  • Key team activities
  • Institutionalize the process
  • Review environmental data, HVAC operation and energy saving opportunities
  • Examples from field experience
  • Answers to your questions