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Vaccines, variants and ventilation research briefing

A new briefing, prepared by Battelle, looks at research available on vaccines, variants and ventilation This research focused on three key questions:

  1. What implications does SARS-CoV-2 vaccination in the United States have for public health interventions and policies, especially related to indoor environments?
  2. What differences have been found for SARS-CoV-2 variants (compared to the original strain) in the United States in terms of spread, transmissibility, surface attenuation, and effectiveness of public health interventions?
  3. What effects do ventilation and ventilation-based interventions (e.g., heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC) have on the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in indoor environments?

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New toolkit resources

  • One Year Later—Perspectives from the Field: in this short video, Carole Charnow, CEO of the Boston Children’s Museum, shares the experience of her organization moving through the pandemic, its impact on staff and procedures, and how REALM research helped with their decision-making. 
  • Risk assessment—Resource roundup: Libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs) have long been in the business of mitigating risk—for collections, visitors, and staff. The pandemic has made risk assessment an everyday challenge. As LAMs continue to respond to the pandemic and adjust their reopening plans, risk assessment and scenario-based planning skills will remain important organizational assets. These resources focus on how to prepare for future disasters through crisis management.
  • Trauma management—Resource roundup: Though originating in the fields of health and social services, trauma-informed care is a framework that holds great value for library and museum work. Empathetic service, positive visitor encounters, and a more trusting and equitable workplace for employees are only a few benefits that this approach can offer. This roundup features examples of libraries, archives, and museums applying trauma-informed concepts to public service, as well as articles that focus on the impact of trauma on staff.

Blog post—The REALM project: What we’ve learned and what’s next

In this Hanging Together post, OCLC’s REALM project director Sharon Streams reflects on learnings and activities from the past year and discusses the next phase of the REALM project.

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