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Online course on pest management

From: Helen Alten <helen<-a>
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Obtain a solid understanding of the theory and practical aspects of
pest management in a museum, library or archives without traveling
to a regional training center.  Northern States Conservation
Center's Integrated Pest Management for Museums Libraries and
Archives online course has consistently received rave reviews from
participants.  It combines humor, science, and human psychology to
help students make IPM something that works in their institution. We
are proud to be offering this course again next month.

MS210: Integrated Pest Management for Museums, Libraries and
Instructor: Gretchen Anderson with support from BIRC
March 31 through May 9, 2008
Price: $425 ($25 discount to BIRC members)
Location:  <URL:>

Participants in Integrated Pest Management for Museums, Libraries
and Archives learn low-toxicity methods of controlling infestations.
IPM is the standard method for treating incoming items and
monitoring holdings. Integrated Pest Management for Museums,
Libraries and Archives discusses how infestations occur, helps
identify risks, provides feasible mitigation strategies, discusses
the different techniques of treating infested materials, and helps
you complete an IPM plan and monitoring schedule for your
institution. The course covers pest identification, insects, rodent,
birds, bats, other mammals and mold infestations, as well as other
problems raised by participants.

Logistics: Participants in Integrated Pest Management for Museums,
Libraries and Archives work through eight sections at their own
pace. Instructor Gretchen Anderson is available for scheduled email
support. Materials and resources include online literature, slide
lectures and dialog between students and online chats led by the
instructor. The course is limited to 20 participants.

Integrated Pest Management for Museums, Libraries and Archives runs
six weeks. Please enroll at <URL:> and
pay for the course at
<URL:>. If you have
trouble completing an on-line order, please contact Helen Alten at
helen<-a t->collectioncare< . >org.

Text Book:

    Pinniger, David.
    Pest Management in Museums, Archives and Historic Houses.
    Archetype Publications, 2004.
    Available for purchase from Northern States Conservation Center
    at <URL:>.

Course Outline

    IPM Introduction
    Pest Risks / Environmental Causes
    Mitigation Strategies
    Treatment Strategies
    Regular review
    Staff Support

The Instructor::

    Objects conservator Gretchen Anderson learned her craft at the
    American Museum of Natural History, the Smithsonian's
    Conservation Analytical Lab, the Canadian Conservation
    Institute, Getty Conservation Lab, the Los Angeles County Museum
    of Art, and the Minnesota Historical Society. She established
    the conservation department at the Science Museum of Minnesota
    in 1989. She is the co-author of A Holistic Approach to Museum
    Pest Management, a technical leaflet for the American
    Association for State and Local History and established a
    rigorous IPM program for the Science Museum. Ms. Anderson is a
    member of the American Institute for Conservation and the
    Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections. She
    lectures and presents workshops on preventive conservation, IPM,
    and practical methods and materials for storage of collections.

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  methods.

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Received on Wednesday, 12 March, 2008

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