Storage Environments: The Big Picture

Maintaining and managing a preservation environment for collections storage is difficult, expensive, and consumes large amounts of energy. Based on research conducted at Image Permanence Institute (IPI) and other research institutions, IPI has developed strategies for a dynamic and sustainable approach to managing storage environments. This approach will reduce your carbon footprint and energy bill while still providing a proper preservation environment for collections. This presentation will discuss IPI research exploring how collections respond to changes in temperature and relative humidity and will present strategies for a dynamic approach to preservation based on our research.


alice-carver-kubikAlice Carver-Kubik is a Research Scientist at Image Permanence Institute. Her research focus is on collection storage environments and the mechanical behavior of library and archive materials. She received her M.A. in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University in co-ordination with the George Eastman Museum. She was a 2008-2009 Graduate Intern at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. where she co-authored the book, In the Darkroom: An Illustrated Guide to Photographic Processes Before the Digital Age (New York: Thames & Hudson, Inc. 2010 ISBN-10: 0500288704). She also develops content for the IPI web resource, Graphics Atlas.

Recorded: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Duration: 1 Hour 32 minutes


Storage Environments: The Big Picture PowerPoint Slides


Handout for Storage Environments


Environmental Management Quick Reference


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