Thursday, April 7, 2011

Free workshop- Environmental Management for Collecting Institutions

This program is being offered FREE of charge!

Environmental Management for Collecting Institutions
Presented by Delaware Division of Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services*

In partnership with Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Delaware Public Archives, the University of Delaware's Museum Studies Program, the Delaware Museum Association, the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, the Delaware Disaster Assistance Team, and LYRASIS.

Dover, DE - Tuesday, May 10, 2011

About the Program
Delaware's museum and library collections are at risk, as nearly 190 million historical items* have become endangered. Creating stable environmental conditions is the most significant step an institution can take for the long-term preservation of the collections materials under its stewardship. While most preservation actions affect single items or groups of items, environmental conditions affect entire collections.

Though providing stable environmental conditions is a goal for most archives, museums, and libraries, in actuality it can be very difficult to achieve ideal specifications. In addition to economic limitations faced by many institutions, collections are often housed in historic structures, in buildings with aging systems, or in structures whose designs make environmental management difficult.

This one-day program will explore new approaches to controlling environmental conditions in cultural institutions. Leading experts in the field will present physically and financially feasible environmental control strategies to help institutions preserve collections materials for the long-term.

* The Collections Environment
* Understanding the Building/Climate Relationship
* New Approaches and Best Practices for Environmental Control
* Environmental Monitoring and Data Analysis

This program is intended for staff of cultural heritage organizations responsible for monitoring and managing environmental conditions for collections, including registrars, facilities managers, archivists, librarians, curators, collections managers, and stewards of historic house museums.

*A Public Trust Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America's Collections, IMLS

Wendy Jessup, President and Conservator
Wendy Jessup and Associates, Inc.

sponsored by Preservation Delaware

Michael Henry, Principal
Watson & Henry Associates

Richard L. Kerschner, Director of Preservation and Conservation
Shelburne Museum

James Reilly, Director
Image Permanence Institute

Location & Times
Wilmington University
3282 North DuPont Highway, Building 1
Dover, DE 19901

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Breakfast Session 8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Main Program 8:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration Information
Registration deadline: Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Free online registration & additional information are available at
Register today as spaces are limited!

* Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge.
* Pre-registration for breakfast session is requested.
* If you have special needs, please contact Sonja Brown at or (302) 739-4748 ext. 5120, no later than one week prior to the program.

QUESTIONS? Contact Sonja Brown at: or (302) 739-4748 ext. 5120

This program was made possible with generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Preservation Services Assistant
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