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Rachael Arenstein

A bit closer to home will be the IPM workshop at this year’s AIC annual meeting in Indianapolis.  The program will be taught by Pat Kelley from Insects Limited, Emily Kaplan from Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and myself.  I will paste in details below but it is open to one day registrants.

Registration information can be found at
Integrated Pest Management for Collections J. W. Marriott Hotel, Indianapolis, Indiana May 29, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., $139 (must be registered for conference – special $100 rate for those attending only a workshop on May 29) Organized by AIC’s Collections Care Network
Preventing damage from pests is an essential task in the responsible management of all collections. Implementing an appropriate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan is the best way to prevent infestations from taking root and to deal with any problems in a safe and effective manner. Participants will receive a basic introduction to IPM in order to be able to assess appropriate options for their institutions and collections in areas of policy and procedures, preventing infestations, trapping and monitoring, and remedial treatment. 
Participants will learn to identify ways in which pests gain access to collections, how a pest monitoring program can be implemented, how to identify some of the most common and harmful museum pests, the pros and cons of a range of remedial treatments, and how to develop IPM policies and procedures for an institution.