[Libs-Or] REALM Tests 7 and 8 underway and upcoming webinar

WEIBLE Arlene * SLO Arlene.WEIBLE at slo.oregon.gov
Thu Jan 14 07:21:59 PST 2021

As part of the REALM research, a set of two laboratory tests are underway to study the effect of cold and heat on the surface survivability of the COVID-19 virus. Four materials that were previously tested at standard office temperature (68 to 72°F; 22±2°C) will be held at a temperature of 35.6 ±3.6°F (2 ±2°C) for the "cold" test and at 84.2 ±3.6°F (29 ±2°C) for the "warm" test. The following items are included in both Tests 7 and 8:

  *   Hardback book (buckram cloth, stacked)
  *   Softback book cover (stacked)
  *   Plastic protective cover (stacked)
  *   Expanded polyethylene foam (unstacked)
The results of the tests can help staff at libraries, archives, and museums consider the impact of environmental conditions on any policies and procedures for quarantine or disinfection.

For more information about these tests, visit the "Happening Now<https://www.oclc.org/realm/happening-now/20210114-test-7-8.html>" project update page.

Upcoming webinar
REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums: Project Update and Community Reflections<https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/realm-update-reflections.html?utm_source=SFMC&utm_medium=email&utm_content=REALM+Project+Tests+7+and+8+underway&utm_campaign=&utm_term=REALM%20Project%20Email%20Updates>, January 29, 2021 - 12:00 - 1:00 pm (PT)
Almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) continue to adapt and respond. These institutions face the challenges of redesigning services to limit the spread of the virus while meeting community and staff needs amid uncertainty. Providing science-based information to support local decision making, the REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project is conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in LAMs. With six rounds of lab testing and two scientific literature reviews completed, project team members will provide an update on the latest results, summarize what is known and unknown about the virus, and highlight free resources. Presenters will share strategies implemented at their institutions, and the project team will preview what is on the horizon for REALM, and for LAMs.
Presented by: Chris Cooper, Director of Library Services, Humboldt County Library (CA); Anna Musun-Miller, REALM Toolkit Editor, Museums, OCLC; and Kendra Morgan, Senior Program Manager, WebJunction.

Arlene Weible, MLS
Electronic Services Consultant
Oregon Federal Regional Depository Coordinator
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