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Friday, May 17 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
(Collection Care) The Folger Sustainable Preservation Environment Project

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In 2010, the Folger Shakespeare Library began work on the Folger Sustainable Preservation Environment Project (FSPEP).  Funded largely by planning and implementation grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections, FSPEP has become a major focus for Collections and Facilities personnel at the Folger.  Working with consultants from the Image Permanence Institute and Linden Preservation Services, the Folger focused on 5 air handlers serving collections storage spaces, including 3 subterranean spaces housing rare materials and one of our reading rooms where a large portion of our paintings collection is hung.  The grants allowed the Folger to collect data on equipment operations; work with consultants to identify areas where optimization was desirable to modify incorrect operations; make capital improvements to 3 of the 5 air handlers analyzed; capture energy savings through improved performance and renovated equipment; and determine how moving from a climate goal of 70°F/50% RH +/-2 to seasonal set points would impact collections and costs.

With the grant now complete, the Folger is focusing on creating sustainable preservation environments in all collections storage areas. These include staff and visitor areas where collections are also present such as gallery spaces and reading rooms. By using seasonal setpoints that are a modified version of the original grant, developing target condition ranges dependent on anticipated space usage, and requesting HVAC equipment options that allow for greater flexibility in energy usage, the Folger has been able to immediately incorporate lessons learned from the grants into the development of our new Master Plan. The Master Plan will determine the parameters of the work to be done to our historic 1932 building for the next 20 years, making this the perfect opportunity for the Folger to commit to the concept of a long-term sustainable preservation environment.

This presentation will focus on:
  • Importance of the relationship between Collections and Facilities personnel and how to communication between two divisions with separate activities and expertise but one common goal
  • Lessons learned when implementing sustainable environment strategies
  • Setting reasonable expectations
  • How unknown factors can majorly impact anticipated outcomes
  • Importance of
  • Keeping momentum in a grant when personnel change
 Folger Collections and Facilities staff as well as outside consultants will speak to the above topics through both the lens of the grant and post grant activities.

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Adrienne Bell

Book Conservator, Folger Shakespeare Library
Adrienne obtained her MLIS specializing in Preservation from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003. She started as a conservation technician for Etherington Conservation Services in 2004 and advanced to Associate Book Conservator over the next eight years, adding Field Services responsibilities... Read More →
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Dustin Humbert

Architect/Engineer, Folger Shakespeare Library
Experienced Assistant Director, Facilities & Projects with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Budgeting, Engineering, Facility Management (FM), Cross-functional Team Leadership, and Team Building. Strong program and project management professional... Read More →

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Jeremy Linden

Principal/Owner, Linden Preservation
Jeremy Linden has been the Principal/Owner of Linden Preservation Services, Inc., since 2017. He is an active educator and consultant with two decades of experience in the cultural heritage field, the last eight years of which have been focused on enhancing preservation environments... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Salon A2-A3, Uncas Ballroom Sky Convention Center, Mohegan Sun
  • Track Collection Care
  • Ticketed Included in Main Registration
  • Authors in Publication Order Adrienne Bell, Dustin Humbert, Jeremy Linden
  • Abstract ID 18856
  • Tags preservation,sustainable,environment,HVAC,preventative conservation,climate monitoring