TAPPIHello from the basement of the Brody Learning Commons!  This is our first contribution to the blog.  We are the Heritage Science for Conservation Program housed within the Conservation Department.  We research the deterioration and conservation of materials housed within JHU’s Libraries, Archives, and Museums.

Today we thought we would introduce you both to us, and to a unique facility that is housed on the basement level of the BLC.  This is our TAPPI* room.  This room produces a tightly-controlled and monitored environment that allows us to conduct physical testing on paper.   As the weather outside and even inside the BLC changes drastically all year round, the weather in the TAPPI room stays at a constant 23°C ± 1°C (73.4°F ± 1.8°F) and 50% ± 2% relative humidity.  This allows us to measure the behavior of paper under the same conditions all year.

To learn more about the Heritage Science for Conservation Program visit:  http://bit.ly/14trtep

Contact: Molly McGath mmcgath1@jhu.edu

Andrea Hall ahall59@jhu.edu

Sara Zaccaron szaccar1@jhu.edu

*TAPPI is an acronym that stands for Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, a non- profit that creates many standards for the measurement of pulp and paper behavior.  For more on TAPPI see: http://www.tappi.org/


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