Friday, July 29, 2016

Climate Monitoring Begins at the Research Library

Today marked the start of climate monitoring within the Research Library in Building 15. A Lascar Electronics EL-USB-2 data logger was installed and will capture readings for temperature, humidity and dew point on an hourly basis for at least a year and as long as 18 months. The data logger readings will be downloaded periodically to a laptop computer, after which specialized software will create graphs showing the data trends over defined periods of time.

The goal is to record data which will support future grant requests for assistance in improving the climate controls for the library, which are presently zip, zero and nada. No heat, air conditioning or insulation. This poses a risk to the wellbeing of the archive records over the long run.

The data logger is small, easy to use, and connects to a computer's USB port.

Can you find it? It's mounted to the column in the center of the picture.