The REALM Project: Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums

The REALM (Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums) Project began last summer in an effort to monitor COVID-19 as it relates to archives, libraries, and museums – our collections, staff, and visitors. It has become an invaluable resource, both through original research in finding how long the virus can survive on all manner of objects, as well as acting as a hub that collects and distributes case studies to help institutions re-open as safely as possible. Their January 29th webinar is available to view for free and discusses their findings and experiences over the last year:

https://www.webjunction.org/events/webjunction/realm-update-reflections.html?_ga=2.160531643.742483237.1615582737-1807028250.1615582737

To learn more about the REALM Project, and view their resource catalogue, visit their website:

https://www.oclc.org/realm/home.html

Pest Infestations: Identification

Dealing with a pest infestation starts with identification: once you know what you’re dealing with, you can tailor your plan to remove the pest with the least damage to your collection. The Integrated Pest Management Working Group has created an excellent library of fact sheets to help with this important step:

FEMA Case Study Library

Although not specifically geared toward cultural institutions, FEMA’s Case Study Library is an excellent resource for preparedness and mitigation in emergency situations, and even contains COVID best practices studies. You can browse their collection, or filter by keyword, location, or incident or report type.

https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/practitioners/case-study-library

Winter Storm Uri

We want to give a big round of applause to the members of TX-CERA and the Texas Heritage Responders who ventured out when snow was still on the ground in February to help institutions that were affected by Uri. News coverage of one of the locations we visited can be viewed below.

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/visual-arts/2021/02/26/a-stab-in-the-heart-storm-damage-at-fair-parks-hall-of-state-put-rare-artifacts-in-peril/

Free FAIC Webinar – March 31, 2021

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) is hosting a free webinar titled Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level on March 31, 2021 at 1:00-2:00 pm Central Time (2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

The speaker, David Carmicheal, will discuss the Incident Command System (ICS), and how to adapt ICS to cultural organizations. 

You can register here: https://learning.culturalheritage.org/products/implementing-the-incident-command-system-at-the-institutional-level 

The webinar will take place on Zoom and automated live captions will be available for those who choose to use them. For inquiries about accessibility or other questions about the program, please contact learning@culturalheritage.org. The webinar will be recorded, and the recording will be available to view shortly after the live event is complete.

Disaster Planning: Supplies and Equipment

When disaster strikes, it’s a good idea to have anything you might need for staff safety, cleanup, and collection recovery in a single location that any staff member can access. Necessary equipment may vary by institution, but these checklists are a great way to get started.