[aserl_coll_assess] Latest REALM Project Results
From: John Burger (jburgeraserl.org)
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2020 07:56:12 -0700 (PDT)
ASERL Friends:

In case you had not seen, OCLC is publicizing the latest results from the 
IMLS-funded REALM Project to test the viability of the coronavirus on different 
types of library materials.  The latest results are available at 
https://www.webjunction.org/news/webjunction/test2-results.html

In short:

  1.  Coronavirus was detectable for up to two days in stacked archival 
folders; (i.e., not viable after two days)
  2.  Coronavirus was detectable for up to four days in braille pages, glossy 
book pages, and board book in stacked configurations (i.e., not viable after 
four days)
  3.  Coronavirus remained detectable in trace amounts after four days in 
stacked magazine pages
** Test 2 indicates a slightly longer quarantine time for some types of 
cellulose-based paper materials sitting in a stacked configuration may be 
required to render SARS-CoV-2 undetectable than was previously understood. **

I hope this information proves helpful.

--jeb

John Burger, Executive Director
Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)
c/o Robert W. Woodruff Library
540 Asbury Circle, Suite 316
Atlanta, GA  30322

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