NOV 24

REALM project: Supporting the reopening of libraries, archives, and museums

Join this webinar to learn about the latest research from the REALM project and how to incorporate this information into local decision making.

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Slides - Download pptx file

REALM project
REALM project website
REALM webinar recording: Collections and facilities—Caring for your resources during COVID-19
NEDCC (Northeast Document Conservation Center) preservation leaflet on disinfecting collections
REALM research and test results
Test plan
Chart of REALM test results
Toolkit resources

Consortium of European Research Libraries
CERL website
CERL blog

OCLC Research Library Partnership
Research and Learning Agenda for Archives, Special, and Distinctive Collections in Research Libraries


Kendra Morgan, REALM program manager, OCLC


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. 

The project is drawing upon authoritative scientific research and laboratory testing to produce and disseminate evidence-based information that can inform operational considerations for reducing the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Join this webinar to learn about what is currently known and unknown about the virus, the testing process and results thus far, and how to incorporate the information into local decision making. Items tested include a range of library materials, such as paper, archival folders and book covering materials (leather (circa 1861), buckram cloth).

This presentation is being co-hosted with the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL).

The webinar will be of interest to librarians, archivists, and curators who work with collections materials and/or make decisions about materials handling policies and procedures.

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series

Works in Progress: An OCLC Research Occasional Webinar Series to talk about work happening in OCLC Research – we'd like to present our work informally and get feedback from you, our Partners. We'd also like this to be a venue for Partner institutions. What are you working on that everyone should know about? What input would help you move forward? Let us know!


24 November 2020


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time, North America [UTC -5]