The results of Tests 7 and 8 have been released. Both tests measured attenuation of the COVID-19 virus on hardcover book covers (buckram cloth, stacked configuration), softcover book covers (coated paper, stacked configuration), Plastic protective covers(Biaxially oriented polyester film, stacked configuration) and Expanded polyethylene foam (1-inch, unstacked configuration) at temperatures both higher and lower than the ambient temperatures (68 to 75°F; 20 to 24°C) used in Tests 1-6. Test 7 was held at temperatures of 34 to 36°F (1 to 4°C) while Test 8 was held at temperatures of 83 to 84°F (28 to 29°C). Results showed that attenuation rates for materials held at the colder temperatures were significantly slower compared to the warmer and ambient temperatures. The report can be found at

In addition, the recording of the 29 January REALM webinar, “Project Update and Community Reflections,” is now available on demand at

There are also some new toolkit resources: 

A synthesis of information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on cleaning and disinfecting considerations public spaces, surfaces, and objects:

A synthesis of information in reopening plans that have been generously shared by libraries, archives, and museums:

A collection of curated information and resources about vaccines that can help to answer common COVID-19-related questions:

A collection of resources to help provide guidance on social distancing measures while serving the public and keeping staff safe:

A collection of examples and resources for conducting successful virtual programs and meeting people where they are—online:

Finally, Literature Review 3.1 of SARS-CoV-2 research published through November 2020 has been completed and can be found at

The Assessment of Measures and Metrics for Public Services (AMMPS) Sub-Committee of the Reference, Access, and Outreach Section (RAO) of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) is conducting a survey of academic, governmental, corporate, and public archives, libraries, museums, historical societies, and other institutions utilizing the 2018 Standardized Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries.


The purpose of the survey is to gather information about which measures are being collected or not collected, which metrics are in use, and the types of data collection tools or systems institutions are using to implement the standards. The survey also seeks to gather information related to the readiness of institutions to contribute data to a national survey of comparative measures and metrics, as well as training needs. The results will be used to determine how to best support the ongoing implementation of the 2018 Standardized Measures and Metrics for Public Services in Archival Repositories and Special Collections Libraries and to improve outreach, training opportunities, and advocacy around the standards. This survey has received an IRB determination and has been designated as non-human subject research.


Before completing the survey, please view the full survey pdf and consider using one of the available editable survey guides (Word or Excel) to gather the necessary data and information from your institution. With the information ready and in hand, the survey should take 7-10 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey only once per institution.





The survey will close on February 28, 2021. For additional information or assistance with the survey, please contact Jay-Marie Bravent at

The Music Library Association is searching for a new Archivist. See the position description here:

Our Archivist has a vitally important role. The successful candidate will maintain MLA’s documented history housed at the University of Maryland’s Special Collections in Performing Arts, actively collect and transfer organizational records from the membership on a regular basis, and provide reference service for MLA and the music library community worldwide. This is an excellent opportunity to serve MLA, liaise with every entity within the organization, and get up close and personal with our professional legacy.

The application deadline is February 18, 2021, and interviews for final candidates will be held February 26 and March 1.  If you have any questions about the position, please contact me or another member of the search committee: Jen Wochner ( or Matt Snyder (

The Music Library Association is strongly committed to diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute creatively to the Association's initiatives to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of music librarianship.

Elizabeth Surles

Chair, MLA Archivist Search Committee


From Elsie Reynolds of the University of Michigan and a member of the Hamer Award Subcommittee:

On behalf of the Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Committee, I invite you to submit nominations for the 2021 award. Please see the following announcement for more information.


Society of American Archivists


Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award


The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Subcommittee of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) seeks nominations for the 2021 award.


This Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents (which can be a specific archival collection or thematic aggregation) through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Work that has had an impact on a local, regional, national, and/or international level is welcomed.


Recent winners include:





Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations. This award is open to nominees within and outside of the United States, and is not limited to SAA members.




A certificate and a cash prize of $500.


Application Deadline:


All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28 each year.


For more information on this award, including the nomination form, please go to

For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to

As part of the REALM project’s research, Battelle has begun a natural attenuation study to examine how colder and warmer temperatures may impact survivability of the infectious COVID-19 virus on surfaces. Tests 7 and 8 study materials that were previously tested at temperatures between 68 to 72°F (22 ±2°C). Those materials include the following items: hardback book (buckram cloth, stacked, previously tested in Test 4), softcover book cover (stacked, previously tested in Test 4), plastic protective cover (stacked, previously tested in Test 4), and expanded polyethylene foam (unstacked, previously tested in Test 4).

The results of the tests are expected to be published in mid-February 2021. for more information got to



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