The following webinars are being offered with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access, Education and Training Grant Program. Series I webinars are designed for institutions beginning a program; Series II webinars are for those with a year or more of environmental data, looking to advance data analysis and data-based decision-making. Each live webinar will run for approximately 60 minutes including time for questions, and webinar recordings will remain accessible through December 2020.
There is no cost to attend these webinars, register below to participate.
Series I will introduce participants to the basics of environmental management so that, at the end of the series, participants will be prepared to implement an environmental management program of their own.
The webinar series begins by covering how the environment fits into the larger frameworks of preventive conservation and risk analysis, and focusing on the environment’s impact on preservation, including how to identify what materials within a collection are most vulnerable to these factors.
The second and final webinar in this series will address how to implement an environmental management program, from identifying the key features of a mechanical system that create indoor environmental conditions, to where problematic microclimates may exist in a collection space, to how to begin an environmental monitoring program.
Series II will teach participants with at least one year of environmental data how to progress from the monitoring stage to the management stage. At the end of the series, participants will be able to analyze and interpret meaning from environmental data, and respond to data interpretation by creating appropriate action plans.
The webinar series begins by expanding upon foundational research and theory by reviewing objects’ responses to environmental fluctuations and factors affecting the rate of object equilibration.
This webinar will summarize the broader field of research and standards, and discuss factors to consider when setting environmental parameters. The role of climate zone, building envelope, and mechanical system limitations will be discussed, as will the use of tools to aid in making well-informed decisions.
The third and final webinar will discuss how to make basic environmental changes or adjustments to improve their preservation environments, and provide guidelines for avoiding responses that may have negative consequences.