Resources

Environmental Management Tools

Environmental monitoring is the necessary first step to sustainable preservation management in cultural institutions. IPI develops and produces the only environmental monitoring and data analysis tools designed specifically for use in cultural institutions.

PEM2 Datalogger
PEM2® Datalogger

This compact, highly accurate monitor is the easiest-to-use device of its kind on the market. Your data can be downloaded instantly as a text file to any USB flash drive. The PEM2 is compatible with IPI's eClimateNotebook® website and Microsoft® Excel®. More than ten (10) years of data storage and +/- five (5) years of battery life. Certified NIST-traceable calibration.

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eClimateNotebook
eClimateNotebook®

IPI’s web-based environmental data management system designed to help you document, analyze, and improve the storage environment for long-term preservation. Available at various subscription levels depending on institutional size.

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Publications
IPI’s Methodology for Implementing Sustainable Energy-Saving Strategies for Collections Environments
IPI’s Methodology for Implementing Sustainable Energy-Saving Strategies for Collections Environments

While greater efforts have been made to teach the theory and potential of sustainable preservation prior to this publication, there were no resources specific to cultural institutions that professionals could turn to for step-by-step guidance in achieving an optimal preservation environment on their own. Institutions committed to identifying opportunities to optimize their preservation environment will be able to use this publication to conduct risk-managed studies without negatively impacting their current preservation quality. This project was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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IPI’s Guide to Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments
IPI’s Guide to Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments

This guidebook introduces the fundamentals of defining an optimal and sustainable preservation environment. It outlines the basics of what you need to know to accurately document the storage environment and establish sustainable preservation practices. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access, Education & Training Grant Program. 112 pages, spiral bound, 8.5” x 11”, no quantity discount. Price: $25.

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The Role of Dew Point in Sustainable Environmental Management
The Role of Dew Point in Sustainable Environmental Management

The Dew Point determines the preservation environment that can be achieved because it determines what combination of Temperature and Relative Humidity can be achieved. This handout helps the reader understand dew point using easy-to-understand illustrations and explanations.

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Environmental Management and Mechanical System Quick Reference
Environmental Management and Mechanical System Quick Reference

On one side of the handout, the relationship between temperature, humidity, and dew point are explained with suggestions for managing the collection storage environment. On the other side, the components of a typical air handling system and sources of heat and moisture are illustrated.

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