Environmental Monitoring and Grant-Funding for Small-to-Mid-Size Organizations
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

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WNYLRC Training Center


The WNYLRC Preservation Committee is pleased to host Jeremy Linden for this informative workshop.

Understanding preservation risks to cultural heritage collections – including library and archival materials as well as museum objects – requires the ability to track and understand the preservation environment they are stored and used within.  This workshop will introduce participants to basic practices for environmental monitoring and analysis for the assessment of four primary environmental risks to collections:

  •        Natural decay, which causes the acid degradation and embrittlement of wood-pulp papers;
  •        Mechanical damage, or the physical expansion and contraction of objects based on their moisture content,
  •        Biological damage and mold risk, including the influence of relative humidity on pest issues and mold growth,
  •        Metal corrosion of materials including silver, bronze, and more, as well as its influence on photograph and manuscript collections.

The group will discuss the relative merits and limitations of different types of dataloggers, and the instructor will have a number of common brands on-hand for participants to examine and compare.  Software packages, ranging from provided manufacturer tools to other services, will also be discussed.  The session will end with an overview of funding opportunities from various state, federal, and professional programs that can help provide needs assessments, funding for equipment and monitoring supplies, and consulting services, among other things.

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Jeremy Linden
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Jeremy Linden has been the Principal/Owner of Linden Preservation Services, Inc., since 2017.  He is an active educator and consultant, and works closely with colleagues in libraries, archives, and museums on issues of material preservation, mechanical system performance, energy-savings, and sustainability.  He has taught and consulted for institutions around the world, has been a pioneering researcher on methods and strategies to reduce energy consumption in preservation settings, and is an active participant on national and international standards committees.  He was previously the Senior Preservation Environment Specialist at the Image Permanence Institute from 2010-2017, and prior to that served as the Head of Archives and Special Collections at SUNY Fredonia.  Jeremy earned an MLS in Information Studies and an MA in History from the University of Maryland, and a BA in History from Vassar College.  Formerly a certified archivist and HVAC professional, Jeremy has over 20 years of experience working in the cultural heritage field. 

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