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Annie Peterson's picture

PAIG Agenda Annual 2014


June 28th, 2014 8:30-11:30am

Champagne 1, Paris Las Vegas

8:30-8:40 “Update from NYU, Buffalo State College, and the University of Delaware on Library and Archives Conservation Education: Graduates and Curriculum Revisions”

Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Art Conservation, University of Delaware

8:40-8:50 Library of Congress Preservation Update

Adrija Henley, Chief, Preservation Reformatting Division, Preservation Directorate, Library of Congress

8:50-9:15 “Collaborative Preservation, the UC/PLCH model”

Holly Prochaska, Head, Preservation Services and Lab  (Associate Senior Librarian)

Beginning in January of 2012, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCH) and University of Cincinnati Libraries (UCL) began a long-term collaboration to provide conservation and preservation treatments in an equally-managed, staffed, and equipped preservation lab situated on the University of Cincinnati’s main campus.  Learn why we chose this route, what we have learned in our 2 years of operation, and where we hope to go from here.  

9:15-9:40 “Research on Mechanical System Shutdowns in Library Storage Areas”

Jeremy Linden, Senior Preservation Environment Specialist

This session will discuss the methodologies and final results of a four-year experiment into the use of mechanical system shutdowns as a method to achieve significant reductions in energy use in library environments without compromising the preservation quality of collections environments.  Research has shown that environmental conditions (temperature and relative humidity) are the most significant factors that impact the lifespan of cultural materials held by institutions.  Mechanical systems in library environments are therefore frequently designed to run continuously in order to maintain the desired environmental conditions, often resulting in a high cost both monetarily and in energy consumption.  Altering these conditions through changes in HVAC operating schedules is a risk many institutions have been hesitant to take.  

The findings of the research show that the impact of shutdowns varies depending a number of factors, including geographic location and building structure, but that at each experimental site a shutdown routine was found that could successfully reduced energy consumption – sometimes by as much as 40% ­– without sacrificing the quality of the preservation environment.  In addition the research identified practices that informed a number of related subsidiary questions, including how to identify good candidate spaces for shutdowns, identifying the tools and methodology necessary for energy and preservation environment analysis, and the efficacy of various process management models.  In addition to the final findings in both preservation and energy impact, this session will also discuss some of the unexpected lessons learned during the process as well as some beneficial side effects of the research and energy analysis at several of the institutions.

This four-year experiment was federally funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and conducted by the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) at the Rochester Institute of Technology and their partner Peter Herzog, principal of Herzog/Wheeler & Associates, a Minnesota-based energy consulting firm.  The experimental partners for the research were the Birmingham (AL) Public Library, Cornell University, the New York Public Library, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Yale University.

9:40-9:50 Announcements

Kimberly Tarr, Head of the Media Preservation Unit at New York University Libraries, will highlight a new publication, Digitizing Video for Long-term Preservation: An RFP Guide and Template, which was developed as part of the Mellon-funded Video At Risk project

Audience members may line up to give other announcements.

9:50-10:00 Break

10:00-10:10 Preservation Statistics updates

Annie Peterson, Preservation Librarian, Tulane University

10:10-10:30: PARS and ALCTS updates

Becky Ryder, Director, Keeneland Library

10:30-11:30 Preservation Debates

Four fearless preservation professionals will debate two controversial topics in preservation. The Oxford-style debates will allow time for audience questions, so come prepared with your opinions on the topics below.

Topic 1: The next generation of preservation librarians does not need training in caring for analog objects.


Howard Besser, Director, Moving Image Archiving and Preservation, New York University

Dawn Aveline, Preservation Officer, UCLA Library


Emily Shaw, Digital Preservation Librarian, University of  Iowa Libraries

Jacob Nadal, Executive Director, ReCAP

Topic 2: As libraries emphasize digital collections, the traditional role of the preservation administrator becomes obsolete.


Jeanne Drewes, Chief of Binding and Collections Conservation/Deacidification Program, Library of Congress

Katie Risseeuw, Preservation Librarian, Northwestern University Library


Julie Mosbo, William and Susan Ouren Preservation Librarian at Texas A&M University

Tom Clareson, Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services, LYRASIS

Please note that the debaters have been assigned to these positions; they are not necessarily the debaters’ own views, or those of their employers.

Becky Ryder's picture

Is is possible to videotape PAIG?   I think the debate is a novel idea, and it would be great to preserve that  event and review it in 5 years to what has changed?  

Is this possible?  Would Annie and/or Scott or any of presenters need any training to do this?   I assume that we would have to insist that the audience use the microphones, but that sounds like a can do.  

Charles, Christine, what do you think?