While management of collections environments for offsite- and infrequently accessed storage facilities has long been a challenge for preservation and facilities staff, the onset of COVID-19 and the subsequent ongoing occupancy and staffing challenges have introduced similar management issues for normally monitored and accessed collections spaces. This webinar will discuss options for distance monitoring and environmental management while key staff are offsite, including:
- Normal datalogging practices and how to continue a monitoring program with limited access
- The implementation of wireless datalogging and the potential use of data from building management systems (BMS) managed by facilities partners
- Creating partnerships with staff that are onsite and the importance of physical walkthroughs
- Understanding temperature and relative humidity risk-ranges for mixed collections, common rates of change for interior environments, and when to “panic”
- Well-intentioned strategies that may introduce increased risk to the collection
Jeremy Linden has been the Principal/Owner of Linden Preservation Services, Inc., since 2017. He is an active consultant and educator, and works closely with colleagues in libraries, archives, and museums on issues of material preservation, mechanical system performance, energy-savings, and sustainability. Over the course of the last several years he has taught workshops and webinars for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the American Institute for Conservation, the American Alliance of Museums, the Northeast Document Conservation Center, Lyrasis, and others on topics ranging from data analysis for preservation and mechanical operation, moisture management and control in mechanized and non-mechanized environments and disaster response situations, sustainable operation of preservation environments, and environmental design and construction practices for cultural heritage. Linden has served as a co-author on recent standards and guidelines from the International Standards Organization, ASHRAE, and SAA, and most recently has served as a member of the first Sustainability Task Force for the American Association of State and Local History. 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 on preservation and mechanical/building operation in the cultural heritage field.