IARLA Webinar on the REALM Project

IARLA Webinar: Discussion of Findings from the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET / 5 – 6 p.m. CET

As research libraries resume operations and reopen to the public, staff are in need of information to support decision making about services, workflows, and facilities. Through the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project, OCLC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Battelle have been conducting research on how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums.

This webinar is intended for research library directors or their delegates from IARLA member associations, but we welcome registrants from other types of library as well. It will be a 60-minute session, with 20 minutes for questions.

OCLC’s Lorcan Dempsey will introduce the project, REALM program manager Kendra Morgan will outline the project’s scope, explain findings from laboratory testing, and share resources to inform local decisions about policy and risk management, and finally members of the project’s Scientific Working Group and ARL member institutions will share perspectives from the project, as well as from their institutions.


  • Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Membership and Research, and Chief Strategist for OCLC, and member of the REALM Steering Committee
  • Kendra Morgan, REALM program manager
  • Scott Miller, Chief Scientist and Interim Director of Smithsonian Libraries)
  • Jacob Nadal, Director of Preservation, Library of Congress
  • Fenella France, Chief, Preservation Research and Testing Division, Library of Congress

You are invited to review the following materials in advance:
BMJ article on managing uncertainty in the COVID-19 era
Project website: oc.lc/realm-project
Testing methodology
Test 4 results