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Subject: Workshop on environment

Workshop on environment

From: Julie Page <julie>
Date: Friday, July 28, 2006
Creating Cost-Effective Preservation Environments for Cultural

The Getty Center
Los Angeles
Tuesday-Wednesday, October 3-4, 2006


Oakland Museum of California
Thursday-Friday, October 5-6, 2006

A two-day intensive program sponsored by the California Preservation
Program, with support from the Getty Research Institute and the
Oakland Museum of California, for archivists, conservators,
curators, librarians, and facilities managers responsible for the
preservation of collections and the management of collections'
storage facilities.

After years of addressing issues of understanding the impact of
environment on deterioration of collections, monitoring HVAC system
performance, working with systems to bring performance to design
specifications, and tweaking systems to improve energy efficiencies
without compromising benefits to the collections, the speakers have
developed practical perspectives and approaches to creating and
managing HVAC systems to meet collection needs.

In this 2-day program, you will learn:

    How the environment (temperature and humidity) affects the
    longevity of collections - the power of good environments to
    extend collection life as well as the power of bad environments
    to shorten it.

    Ways to specify the proper preservation environment - how to
    distinguish between ideals and a sensible, cost-effective set of
    design specifications.

    Basics of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)
    systems, including strengths and limitations of different types
    of systems to support a preservation environment.

    Suitability (including reliability) of different system designs
    for storage of cultural collections and the role of passive
    systems to achieve preservation goals.

    Current monitoring tools and ways to gather environmental data,
    including analysis using the IPI Climate Notebook software.

    How to identify energy savings in HVAC systems without
    compromising the preservation quality of storage environments.

    Troubleshooting HVAC systems unable to achieve design
    specifications, and problems and solutions typical of different
    types of systems.

    Setting up effective communication among the stakeholders,
    including collections, facilities, and budget managers.

About the Speakers

    James M. Reilly, Director of the Image Permanence Institute and
    professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, is well
    known for his research on the deterioration of
    nineteenth-century photographic prints, the effectiveness of
    storage enclosures for imaging materials, and the major causes
    of image deterioration. Jim has also directed several major
    projects to develop hardware and software for environmental
    monitoring, and has been working directly with the Library of
    Congress, National Museum of Denmark, and the New York Public
    Library to build environmental monitoring systems and explore
    opportunities to optimize storage and display conditions.

    Peter Herzog of Herzog/Wheeler and Associates is an architect
    and engineer specializing in energy management process design,
    technical analysis of energy-consuming processes and systems,
    troubleshooting and energy conservation planning. He is the
    author of Redefining Energy Management (MCGraw Hill, 1997), a
    text on how to achieve energy-efficient operation in buildings.
    With a background in HVAC systems analysis and performance
    verification, Peter consults on system monitoring, analysis, and
    optimization projects to achieve efficient preservation
    environments. Current work involves the development of data
    models for communicating environmental information and best
    practices for improving collection storage conditions.


Time: 9a.m. registration first day; sessions 9:30-4:00 both days

Cost: $85/person (includes lunch both days); $40 discount for second
person when the facilities staff AND preservation/curatorial/library
staff attend together

Registration: Pre-registration required. Register online by
September 25, 2006 at:


For registration information contact:

    Kathy Krause
    krause [at] plsinfo__org

For program content information contact:

    Julie Page
    jpage [at] ucsd__edu

This training is supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum
and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services
and Technology Act, administered by the California State Librarian.

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