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Pandemic Resources for Academic Libraries: Collection Maintenance

Updated information, professional development, and resources to support academic and research library personnel during a pandemic.

REALM Project

REALM Project: REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums

REALM Project Test Results
Since May, the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project—an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)–funded collaboration between OCLC and the research and development organization Battelle—has been studying surface transmission risks of common library and museum materials. Results from the first five rounds of tests are now available.

Learn more about the REALM Project.

Articles and Guides

Government Resources

IMLS: "Mitigating COVID-19 When Managing Paper-Based, Circulating, and Other Types of Collections"

Dr. David Berendes and Dr. Catherine Rasberry from the Centers for Disease Control presented an overview of the CDC’s guidance for community settings and environmental disinfection, and a discussion of how libraries, archives, and museums can help mitigate COVID-19 when working with paper-based, circulating, and other types of collections. The materials and links mentioned in the webinar have been added to https://www.imls.gov/coronavirus under "Official Government Information and Resources."

The full transcript is also available.


NCPTT Videos

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), a national research and development organization devoted to technical issues in preservation located on the campus of Northwestern State University of Louisiana, has put out a series of videos to help preserve and disinfect cultural resources during and after a pandemic.


Covid 19 Basics: Re-Entry to Cultural Sites
Dr. Mary Striegel, chief of material conservation at NCPTT, did a livestream from Facebook on April 6, 2020. This is the recording of her giving the latest advice on re-entry planning and safety measures to insure a return to operations of cultural sites, such as museums and historic buildings, after the Covid-19 pandemic has passed us. The full transcript is also available.


Covid-19 Basics: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Dr. Mary Striegel , chief of material conservation at NCPTT, did a livestream from Facebook on March 30, 2020. This is the recording of her giving the latest advice on protective masks, gloves, goggles, and gowns. Dr. Strigel goes in depth as to how the cultural heritage field can help during this time. The full transcript is also available.


Covid-19 Basics: Disinfecting Cultural Resources
Dr. Mary Striegel, chief of material conservation at NCPTT, did a livestream from Facebook on March 23, 2020. This is the recording of her discussing the recommended steps to disinfect cultural resources. The full transcript is also available.