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.
The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) recommends a 72-hour quarantine of collection items as the safest and most effective way to disinfect them after handling by staff and patrons. (March 26, 2020)
"Keeping libraries safe is important for both workers and guests. But during the current COVID-19 pandemic, questions about how to do that—particularly when it comes to materials and surfaces—have complicated answers...."
Please join Dr. David Berendes and Dr. Catherine Rasberry from the Centers for Disease Control for an overview of the CDC’s guidance for community settings and environmental disinfection, and a discussion of how libraries, archives, and museums can help mitigate COVID-19 when working with paper-based, circulating, and other types of collections.
Outline of Recording:
19:00 Discussion of cleaning and disinfection begins
26:40 CDC Not concerned with books, mail or paper as a virus transmission route
29:50 How long does the virus live on paper?
34:30 Are there CDC listed disinfectants that work on books?
46:45 Does the volume of material impact quarantine time?
49:10 Book drop handling
53:10 Is 24 hour quarantine enough time for safe circulation of library materials?
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.
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