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Reilly, James (2008) Specifying Storage Environments in Libraries and Archives. pp. 1-5.


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When new or renovated collection storage areas are to be built in a library, museum, or archive, it is necessary for the institution to decide on environmental requirements (temperature and RH conditions) for the new spaces. Usually, a team of professionals is given the task to work out together, and in most cases the architect and engineer start by asking of the collections and preservation staff, “What conditions do you want? Easy agreement on the general goals for this process are to obtain the maximum ‘preservation quality’ (ensure the longest life for the collections), minimize capital and operating costs, achieve minimal inhibition of staff workflows and to be environmentally responsible in choice of materials and energy use. Past these generalities, many questions are raised. Ideally, each professional contributes expertise to an overall satisfactory result. Unfortunately is the ideal not often reached. Tim Padfield, identufy the problem with the mixing of different professions with their lack of enough shared education for synergy to happen. In this presentation today, I will offer my thoughts on what that ‘shared education’ might consist of, touching on issues of standards, how deterioration really works (and therefore what general rules of thumb can guide the specifications process), and suggestions on saving energy in the HVAC operations of collection environments.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: English > Climate Control
Depositing User: Malin Bekkebråten
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2008 13:35
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2016 14:06

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