As libraries, museums, and archives adjust policies and operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is need for clear, science-based information to support local decision making.
As part of the REALM project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are conducting research that includes laboratory testing on materials contaminated with SARS-CoV-2; tracking the scientific literature on issues of transmission, decontamination, vaccines and variants; and collecting illustrative examples that can help libraries, archives, and museums mitigate COVID-19 exposure to staff and visitors.
To achieve these goals, the project partners are:
An executive project steering committee comprised of leaders from across the archive, library, museum, and scientific fields is meeting regularly to provide guidance through the duration of the research study.
This project was made possible in part with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Congress, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.