Sustain in-house and contracted monitoring as part of integrated
pest management system.
Augment by training caretakers to help monitor conditions in
each house. Support by developing greater means to report changes
in environment, conditions or any other changes.
"Housekeeping is planning and monitoring, as much as it
is hands-on collections care. Housekeeping requires looking as
much as doing."
Ch. 13: Museum Housekeeping (PDF file),
Handbook, Part I: Museum Collections, NPS Museum Handbook,
Part I, National Park Service, 1998, pp. 4.
Ongoing and periodic monitoring of:
- temperature and moisture
- fire (detection, suppression systems)
- structural movement, the effects of vibration
"Measuring and recording temperature and relative humidity.
Ideally environmental conditions in all library areas should be
adequately monitored and recorded with reliable and regularly
maintained thermohygrographic or electronic recording equipment.
Monitoring is very important because it:
- documents existing environmental conditions
- alerts staff to any sudden changes in temperature and humidity
- supports requests to install environmental controls such
as the use of humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and fans.
- indicates whether any climate-control equipment present
is operating properly and producing the desired conditions
Monitoring, Library and Preservation Services, University
"...nothing is static. When we discuss systems and materials
in the context of deterioration, we are discussing the very nature
of change. Even in the course of discussing change, however, we
will tend to look at it in terms of what is referred to as steady
state equilibrium, which means that there is movement; the parts
are moving but there is no net alteration in the system."
Harris, Samuel Y., Building Pathology: Deterioration, Diagnostics,
and Intervention. New York: John: Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001,
p. 14. [This book
is available from Wiley.]