FUNdamentals of Museum IPM now available
- Post Date: 12/13/2019
- Author: Christa Deacy-Quinn, collections manager
- Reading Time: 2 minute read
While teaching at workshops and conferences on the topics of collections management and preservation, I have found myself pondering how best to introduce Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to peers and aspiring museum professionals.
While there are wonderful resources out there, often these are geared towards those who are already familiar with IPM. I’ve found that the basic foundation of IPM is good housekeeping to reduce potential risk. It’s as simple as making sure your museum is clean, sealed and clutter-free. When it comes down to it, IPM is between you, your building and your stuff.
And so, I wrote FUNdamentals of Museum IPM (external link) to be used as a tool that presents these simple ideas in an easy-to-read format. This guide is able to be distributed for free with the financial support of the North Central IPM Center. I want to thank Gretchen Wieshuber for designing our wonderful graphics.
My further gratitude goes to the staff Green Shield, the IPM Institute of North America and my colleagues at MuseumPests.net for reviewing my materials and encouraging me to produce this guide. A successful IPM program requires a true team effort, so heart-felt thanks go to the staff of Spurlock Museum—especially my Collections team, my IPM student staff, and particularly Villale Song.
I hope this guide serves as a starting point for anyone interested in learning about how IPM can support their collecting institution.
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