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Online course on pest management

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Monday, March 23, 2009
MS 210
Integrated Pest Management for Museums, Libraries and Archives
Mar 30 - May 15, 2009
Price: $425
Instructor: Gretchen Anderson

Eek! The only thing worse than mice or cockroaches in your kitchen,
is finding them in your museum collection. 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.

Course Outline:

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

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


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. To reserve a spot in the course, please pay at

If you have trouble please contact
Helen Alten <helen<-at->collectioncare<.>org>

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,
    cleaning in museums, 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.

                  Conservation DistList Instance 22:54
                 Distributed: Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Received on Monday, 23 March, 2009

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