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Online course on pest management

From: Helen Alten <helen<-at->
Date: Thursday, September 5, 2013
MS 210: Integrated Pest Management for Museums, Libraries and Archives
Instructor: Gretchen Anderson
Sept 30 through Nov 8, 2013
Location: Online at <URL:>

Description: 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.

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 learn more about the course go to
If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten at

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. She was a key
    member in the planning team that designed and built a new
    facility for the Science Museum of Minnesota. This endeavor
    resulted in not only a state of the art exhibition and storage
    facility, but also a major publication about the experience of
    building a new museum and creating the correct environments:
    Moving the Mountain. In 2009 she accepted the position of
    conservator and head of the conservation section at the Carnegie
    Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh. 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.

Brad Bredehoft for Helen Alten
Northern States Conservation Center

                  Conservation DistList Instance 27:12
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Received on Thursday, 5 September, 2013

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