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Subject: Online course on pest management

Online course on pest management

From: Helen Alten <helen>
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2006
MS210: Integrated Pest Management for Museums, Libraries and Archives
Instructor: Gretchen Anderson with support from BIRC
March 6 through April 14, 2006
Price: $395
Location:  <URL:>

Find the most effective method of finding and eliminating pests in
your museum, library or archives. Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
is a low-toxicity method of controlling pest infestations. In
museums, IPM has become the standard method of treating incoming
collections and monitoring collection holdings. This course defines
IPM, discusses how infestations occur, helps you identify your
risks, provides feasible mitigation strategies, discusses the
different techniques of treating infested materials, and helps you
complete an IPM plan and monitoring schedule tailored for your
institution. The course covers insect, rodent/mammal, bird, bat and
mold infestations. Other infestations will be covered according to
student needs. Pest identification and eradication are covered.
Students will complete the course with a written IPM plan and
monitoring schedule that fits the needs of their institution.

Logistics: Participants in Integrated Pest Management work at their
own pace through eleven sections. Instructor Gretchen Anderson is
available at scheduled times during the course for email support.
Resources include forums and scheduled online chats, slide lectures,
reading materials, lecture notes and links to relevant web sites.

Integrated Pest Management runs six weeks. Please sign up at
<URL:> and pay for the course at
<URL:>.  If you have
trouble with either, please contact Helen Alten at
helen [at] collectioncare__org.

Required Textbook: David Pinniger, Pest Management in Museums,
Archives and Historic Houses, Archetype Publications, 2004 reprint.
Available for purchase at

Course Outline

    1.  IPM Introduction:
    2.  Pest Risks / Environmental Causes
    3.  Monitoring
    4.  Mitigation Strategies
    5.  Treatment Strategies
    5.  Regular review
    6.  Staff Support
    7.  Conclusion

The Instructor:

    Gretchen Anderson co-wrote A Holistic Approach to Museum Pest
    Management, American Association for State and Local History
    (AASLH) Technical Leaflet 191 in 1990. She established the
    Science Museum of Minnesota's Conservation Department in 1989
    after conservation internships and courses at Los Angeles County
    Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the
    Smithsonian's Conservation Analytical Lab, the Canadian
    Conservation Institute, Getty Conservation Lab, and the
    Minnesota Historical Society. At the Science Museum she
    established a rigorous IPM program and continues to experiment
    with least-toxic pest control techniques. A member of the
    American Institute for Conservation and the Society for the
    Preservation of Natural History Collections, Ms. Anderson
    lectures and presents workshops on preventive conservation, IPM,
    and practical methods and materials for storage of collections.
    She is committed to increasing public understanding of the role
    of conservation in preservation, both inside and outside of the

Support for the course is provided by Bio-Integral Resource Center
(BIRC) in Berkeley, California. BIRC is a nonprofit organization
offering over 25 years of insight, experience, and leadership in the
development and communication of least-toxic, sustainable, and
environmentally sound Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods. BIRC
has worked with local, state, and national agencies in devising
programs of scientific research, policy, project design and

                  Conservation DistList Instance 19:35
                 Distributed: Monday, February 6, 2006
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Received on Wednesday, 25 January, 2006

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