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Teleconference on collection care

From: Helen Alten <altenhuber>
Date: Friday, January 16, 1998
Space is still available in South Dakota and Minnesota for first
video-teleconference training session on collections care on January
29, 1998. Call Kari Kohlhoff 605-367-6004 x3021 for information.

Basic Collections Care Workshop Series: A series of five
video-teleconference workshops held simultaneously in Aberdeen,
Pierre, Sioux Falls, and Spearfish, South Dakota and St. Paul,

I.  General Principles of Collections Care:
January 29, 1998, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. central time
The first workshop introduces participants to the agents of
deterioration and simple, inexpensive and practical solutions for
remedying common problems.  Light (ultraviolet and visible),
temperature, relative humidity, particulate and gaseous pollutants,
pests, vibration, and incompatible materials will be discussed.
Monitoring equipment and techniques will be introduced and
demonstrated, including a visible light meter, an ultraviolet light
meter, a psychrometer (swing and electric will be shown), a variety
of humidity and temperature sensors from inexpensive paper strips to
expensive computer data loggers, insect sticky traps and pheromone
lures, and methods for measuring pollutants (more detail will be
given in the third workshop).  Finally, simple, inexpensive,
solutions for limiting these deterioration factors will be shown and
discussed.  More expensive solutions will be briefly covered. An
environmental monitoring kit, developed for this workshop, will be
available for students to use in the following months.

Homework Options: (to be completed before the next workshop)

    1.  Measure the light levels and relative humidity levels within
        your institution and report the findings.  Develop a plan
        for solving problem areas.

    2.  Write an integrated pest management plan and begin pest
        monitoring in your institution.  Report on findings after
        two months of monitoring.

Instructor:  Helen Alten, Conservator, Northern States Conservation
Center, will conduct the sessions live from the Twin Cities via an
interstate interactive terrestrial video network.  Ms. Alten has
taught preventive conservation courses on a variety of subjects as
State Conservator for the Alaska State Museums, Field Education
Director for the Upper Midwest Conservation Association, and
instructor for the Campbell Center's Collections Care Core

Future Sessions in the Series:

    II.  Storage for Infinity (June 1998)
    III. Exhibiting without Damaging (September 1998)
    IV.  Fundraising for Collections Care (January 1999)
    V.  Student Solutions at Their Institutions (March 1999)

Each participant will receive a notebook for samples and handouts
from each session.  The cost for each workshop is only $20.00 for
ASDM members and $30.00 for non-members. There is a discount for
signing up for all five sessions.  Seating is limited at each site,
so preregistration is strongly recommended. Call Kari Kohlhoff (605)
367-4210 x3021 for more information and to register.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 11:62
                 Distributed: Tuesday, January 20, 1998
                       Message Id: cdl-11-62-007
Received on Friday, 16 January, 1998

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