Wednesday, March 17, 2010

BPL to Partner with the Image Permanence Institute on Sustainability Project

The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) at the Rochester Institute of Technology has chosen BPL as a partner for their recently announced project on sustainability practices for library special collections. The purpose of the investigation is to discover if controlled shutdowns of environmental control units for special collections can realize energy savings without endangering the collections.
BPL's Rare Book Room, one of the areas to be investigated by the project

BPL was asked to be a partner after we began using IPI's program to monitor the environmental conditions of our special collections. We are one of only two public library systems in the U.S. that monitor our collections with IPI's program. The other is the New York Public Library (NYPL).

BPL joins the libraries at Yale University, Cornell University, UCLA, and NYPL as partners for the project, which is funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services through its National Leadership Grant Program. IPI's team of experts on special collections preservation and building systems is coming in April to begin working on the investigation.

For more information on the project see the RIT University News.

For more information on IPI see:

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