Staff from the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) at the Rochester Institute of Technology will be conducting a one-day workshop on inkjet print identification and preservation. This event is specifically designed for museum, library, and archive professionals responsible for the long-term preservation of the inkjet printed materials in their holdings including books, documents, photographs, fine art, ephemera, etc. Staff from all institutional roles are encouraged to attend—conservators, catalogers and registrars, curators, archivists, librarians, exhibition designers, and preparators, etc. The workshop will present an overview of the history, technologies, and materials used in inkjet printing to provide the knowledge and skills needed to identify and preserve the most common inkjet print variants. Participants will learn through lecture, demonstration, print examination, hands-on exercises, and group discussion and will develop a good understanding of the varieties of inkjet print materials and formats as well as the unique vulnerabilities of each type. This workshop is limited to fifteen participants and is intended for all who need the knowledge and skills on how best to identify and care for these modern objects. At the conclusion of the workshop, each student will receive a binder with all class handouts as well as a print sample set to take home. This event is highly recommended for anyone responsible for the long-term care of these objects.
More information can be found on the DP3 Project—Digital Print Preservation Portal.
Topics to be covered:
- What is an inkjet print?
- The history of inkjet printing
- The technologies behind the most popular inkjet printing devices
- The varieties of inks, coatings, and papers
- The multiplicity of inkjet print formats
- How to identify important inkjet print variations
- Types of deterioration and most susceptible inkjet print types
- Recommended best practices for care based on IPI’s most recent research including storage, housing, handling, display and water emergency response
- Descriptive terminology and media naming conventions
- Additional resources and tools