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Handwashing Posters (CDC)
Includes designs for children and teens, as well as the general public. Available in several languages and includes links to fact sheets, buttons, and social media content.
Handwashing Posters (Mass DPH)
Download print or order. Available in several languages.
Handling Library Materials
For questions or advice on implementing recommendations in these resources, MLS members may contact Evan Knight, MBLC Preservation Specialist.
Disinfecting Books and Other Collections: COVID Concerns
New England Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Updated: September 18, 2020
Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Information Hub: A COVID-19 Research Project
OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle are working to create and distribute science-based information and recommended practices designed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to staff and visitors who are engaging in the delivery or use of museum, library, and archival services. This research collaboration will provide information on how long the virus survives on surfaces and how—or if—materials can be handled to mitigate exposure. Sign up on the webpage for updates.
REALM Project: Happening Now
Project update: Test 4 announced (August 4, 2020)
Research Shows Virus Undetectable on Five Highly Circulated Library Materials After Three Days (IMLS)
REALM Project to Produce Science-Based Information to Help Mitigate Exposure to Virus (June 22, 2020)
COVID-19 Resources for Collections Management (COSTEP)
Includes collections guidance, and information about enhanced environmental cleaning; cleaning versus isolation; library lending; preparing for building inaccessibility; and COOP plans for pandemic.
Social Distancing Posters
The Massachusetts Higher Education Consortium (MHEC) is a New England-wide purchasing consortium. MLS works closely with MHEC to ensure the products that libraries purchase are available at the best prices possible.
COVID–19 Resources for Members (MHEC)
In support of the interim guidance and general recommendations of cleaning and disinfection provided by the CDC, MHEC has several contracts that may support these efforts including: Emergency Response Services for disinfecting and sanitizing; Medical Supplies: surgical gloves, masks and hand sanitizer; Tent Structures and Temporary Classrooms; and Moving products
Membership is free and available to the following organizations in New England:
Non-Profit Public and Private Institutions of Higher Education
Non-Profit Technical, Charter, and Vocational Schools
Municipalities, Elementary and Secondary Schools
Non-Profit Preparatory Schools
Non-Profit Educational Organizations
Resources provided are for informational purposes only, not specifically endorsed by MLS, and not meant to substitute for advice from a medical or public health professional.