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REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM): Findings and Resources From the Project (Invitation Only)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm

ARL offers a member session on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 2–3 p.m. ET.

REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM): Findings and resources from the project

Session Description
As research libraries resume operations and reopen to the public, staff are in need of information to support decision making about services, workflows, and facilities. Through the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums.

In this 60 minute session, with 20 minutes for member institution questions, Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Membership and Research, and Chief Strategist for OCLC, who serves on the REALM Steering Committee will introduce the project; and Kendra Morgan, REALM program manager, will outline the project’s scope, explain findings from laboratory testing, and share resources to inform local decisions about policy and risk management. Members of the project’s Scientific Working Group and ARL member institutions, Scott Miller (Chief Scientist and Interim Director of Smithsonian Libraries), Jacob Nadal (Director of Preservation,Library of Congress), and Fenella France (Chief, Preservation Research and Testing Division, Library of Congress), will share perspectives from the project, as well as from their institutions.

Please consider reviewing the following materials in advance:

BMJ article on managing uncertainty in the covid-19 era
Project website: oc.lc/realm-project
Testing methodology
Test 4 results


Wednesday, September 23, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


online (EDT)