All posts by Rachael Perkins Arenstein

Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a Principal in A.M. Art Conservation, the e-Editor for the American Institute for Conservation and the Co-Chair of the Integrated Pest Management Working Group.

MuseumPests First Ever Public Presentation Session!

March 11, 2021, 12:00 – 4:30 (GMT -5:00)

Join us for MuseumPests First Public Presentation Session.  For those who haven’t already RSVP’d to receive a direct Zoom link, you can access the program via Facebook Live on the MuseumPests page.  The session will be recorded and archived along with the presentations here on MuseumPests.net. Brief abstracts are posted on our Conferences page

SESSION 1 12:00 – 2:00 USA Eastern Time (GMT -5:00)
START TIME
(GMT -5:00)
Title and Authors
12:00 Welcome and MuseumPests introduction
Matthew Mickletz, MP-WG Co-Chair
Block 1 IPM IN PRACTICE
12:15 IPM at The Met During the Covid Lockdown
Michael Millican, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
12:25 The Impact of COVID-19 on the Integrated Pest Management Program at the Worcester Art Museum
Hae Min Park, Worcester Art Museum
12:35 The Mysterious Case of the Blue Feather: Keeping an Eye on Materials Approved for Museum Events
Julie McInnis, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
12:45 An Efficient and Pest Resistant Storage System For Adult Odonata Specimens, With Application For Other Museum Collections
Claudia Copley, David C. A. Blades and Kasey Lee, Royal BC Museum
12:55 The Sports Collection of Sport Lisboa e Benfica
Ana Nascimento, Sport Lisboa e Benfica Cultural Heritage
1:05 Potential Applications of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in Museum IPM
Elizabeth Salmon, UCLA
Block 2 RESOURCES
1:15 IPM, Protecting Our Cultural Heritage: A Survey of Collections Care Trends
Eric Breitung, Lisa Goldberg, Zoe Hughs, Suzanne Ryder, Julie Unruh, Joel Voron
1:25 The Latin Bug: Launching MuseumPests.net en Español
Jessica Lewinsky, Fabiana Portoni, Silvia Manrique, Beatriz Haspo, Laura Garcia-Vedrenne, María Castañeda, Christian Untoiglich, Amparo Rueda, Sandra Joyce Ramirez, Armando Mendez
1:35 FUNdamentals of Museum IPM Now Available
Christa Deacy-Quinn, Spurlock Museum
1:40 Fur, Four Legs and a Tail: Update from the MuseumPests Rodent group
Museum Pests Rodent Group
1:50 The Risk of Pests in Monasteries
Ann Shaftel
2:00 Pest Odyssey2021 – The Next Generation
Suzanne Ryder, The Natural History Museum London
SESSION 2 2:30 – 4:30 USA Eastern Time (GMT -5:00)
2:30 Welcome and MuseumPests introduction
Matt Mickletz, MP-WG Co-Chair
Block 3 DATA MANAGEMENT & REPORTING
2:40 Evaluation of publicly available data for GIS assay of cultural pest hazards in Canada 
Tom Strang and Kaoru Yui, Canadian Conservation Institute
2:50 Communicating conservation data. Example: IPM data
Jane Henderson, Cardiff University and Christian Baars, National Museums Liverpool
3:00 Analysing and presenting pest occurrence data
Christian Baars, National Museums Liverpool and Jane Henderson, Cardiff University
3:10 Development of the Collection Pest Database and Pest Occurrence Database
Melissa King, Austin Senseman and Nathan McMinn, Conserv
3:20 At-A-Glance Reports for IPM Data
Morgan Nau, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Block 4 INSECT BEHAVIOR
3:30 Genetic variability of Gray Silverfish Ctenolepisma longicaudata and Ghost Silverfish C. calva in infested collections worldwide
Bill Landsberger, Rathgen Research Laboratory
3:40 Native woods and their resistance to pest attack in heritage buildings
Yerko Quitral, Museum of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Chile
Block 5 TREATMENT
3:50 Implementation of New Nitrogen-Based Anoxic Systems at Historic New England
Adam Osgood, Historic New England, Patrick Kelley, Insects Limited and Bill Smith Heritage Packaging
4:00 On-boarding an IPM freezer – a brief update
Eric Breitung and Michael Millican, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
4:10 Freezing of a mammal collection to mitigate persistent drugstore beetles
Shannen Robson, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
4:20 Concluding Remarks
Rachael Arenstein, MP-WG Co-Chair

 

MuseumPests.net needs your help – Fundraising appeal

The MuseumPests Working Group began 19 years ago; from our initial 2002 meeting with seven people, we have now grown into a worldwide network to support the needs of museum, library, archive and historic house staff who strive to implement integrated pest management procedures and protect their collections from damaging pests. As we approach the 20th anniversary for our group, we hope you will consider showing your support for MuseumPests and ongoing work by participants across the world. Please consider a donation that is meaningful, as based upon your budget.  

2006 website

Created in 2006, our initial website was envisioned as a way to share information with our group’s participants and was seen as an internal product. By 2008 site analytics indicated access by a far wider audience, and our focus became more outward facing. Recognizing that we needed a professional website to support the re

2008 MuseumPests update in progress

sources being developing, we asked the preservation community for support; many groups, institutions, and companies responded with generous donations that funded the first professional re-design of MuseumPests.net.

The site is now in need of a refresh.  New funding is sought to help update the digital infrastructure of MuseumPests.net to support some of these exciting projects:

  1. Translations – A group of dedicated volunteers across the world have recently completed translation of the website into Spanish and will launch with our 2021 Virtual

    Current home page

    Meeting. A German version of the site is underway, and we have also received requests for a Portuguese translation. Funding will help support the work involved in connecting these sites so they can pull from a common image library and a blog supporting the development of the non-English language sites.

  1. Security – No one is surprised that security breaches on websites are a major concern; given the speed at which these threats develop, maintaining the site as a secure asset requires frequent updates, backups and more time from our devoted Webmaster.
  1. Server space – As our image library and other resources grow and with the addition of the foreign language companion sites, MuseumPests requires additional server space; funds will be used to ensure continuity of the site.

Statistics clearly demonstrate our growth:

  • In 2006 we averaged 500 unique visits per month. In 2021 we saw over 2,100 per month.
  • Our PestList began with 130 participants. This list now includes over 800 participants across the globe.
  • We started with 12 Pest Fact Sheets and insect ID images on our site. We now offer 53 Fact Sheets and 125 vetted ID images.
  • Our initial website offered 12 pages of IPM related content. Today we have over 110 pages of content created by our participants.
  • We offer hundreds of pdf downloads of unique content.

While our website and resources are free – server space is not!  Our goal is to raise $12,000.

All funds will be used to support the development and functionality of the MuseumPests Working Group’s two primary products: the website and our PestList. Sponsors will be recognized on our About Us sponsor page, in social media and blog posts, and will be acknowledged at our annual working group meeting.  For more about MuseumPests and the sponsors who have supported us in the past, please see the About Us page on our website. 

To make a donation please use our Online Donation form or to donate by check please contact MuseumPests Working Group co-chairs Matt Mickletz and Rachael Arenstein at Chair@museumpests.net

You can also support MuseumPests with fun merchandise. Profits on purchases will support the website. Check out the hoodies, shirts, totes, and masks with MuseumPests new anatomically correct pest logo.  Fun for the whole IPM team!