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


Dear Colleague,


College and university archives vary widely throughout the United States. The College & University Archives Section of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) hopes to identify similarities and differences, explore the types of administrative structures, and determine what areas of responsibilities college and university archives’ staff have. We aim to share our research results with the archival community through the C&U Section website, publication, and presentations.


In order to do so, the Section is conducting a 32-question survey using the survey tool Qualtrics through Bowling Green State University. We would be especially appreciative if you would share this opportunity with archival professionals in your organization, who may be good candidates for participation but are active outside of SAA. We ask those who are willing to participate to identify one responder for each college or university archives. 


The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Those taking the survey can stop participating at any time. The survey is anonymous and all records will be kept confidential. Before taking the survey, respondents will be asked to give their consent to collect the data. The survey will remain open until February 5, 2021. 


For questions about participants’ rights in this study or to discuss other study-related concerns or complaints with someone who is not part of the research team, you may contact the Chair, Institutional Review Board (; 419.372.7716).


We appreciate your collegiality and assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this study. 



Michelle Sweetser, PI, Chair of C&U Archives Section 


C&U Archives Section Survey Working Group

Tamar Chute

Elizabeth James

Ann Kenne

Jane Metters LaBarbara

Krista Oldham

Emily Reiher

Karen Trivette

Happy New Year! 


We don’t know about you, but this pandemic has us feeling like we have all the time in the world AND not a minute to spare. 


Our hope is that you can find about 20 minutes to help in our effort to document the impact of caregiving on our profession. 


We are broadly defining caregiving to mean “any person who takes care of another person, young, old or sick.” This could be as intimate as caring for an elder relative in their home; financially supporting adult care for an aging parent; or raising children.


We want to be sure that you and yours are reflected in the data, which means getting a large enough sample size (so apologies if you are seeing this cross listed from someplace else). 


Thank you in advance for your time; do not hesitate to reach out if you have any additional questions. You can take the survey here: Cost of Care Survey Link


Be well in 2021,


Alexis Braun Marks, Rachael Dreyer, Jennifer Johnson, and Michelle Sweetser

REALM has released the results of Test 6, which concentrated on materials commonly used in furnishings and exhibits in archives, libraries and museums: glass, marble, laminate, brass, and powder-coated steel. After two days, the virus was not detectable on the brass or marble. After six days, the virus was not detected on the glass, laminate, and powder-coated steel. Full results can be found at

Raw datasets for the first five tests are now available at (Raw data for Test 6 is available at the link above.) The toolkit has also been updated with the Test 6 results, new graphics, and a visual interpretation of the Phase II literature review. the new materials can be found at


As some of you might be aware, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently awarded the State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) a small grant to conduct a survey of historical repositories across South Carolina.  As part of that survey, the Board would like to invite you to participate in a virtual focus group to assess the archiving, processing, electronic records, etc., needs of historical records repositories in South Carolina.  It is the SHRAB’s intention to use the information learned from this focus group to update South Carolina’s Strategic Plan for Historical Records.  The first group is scheduled for November 30th, from 2pm-3pm.  The second focus group is scheduled for December 11th, from 10am-11am.  The focus groups will ask the same questions, so you only need to RSVP for one of them.

If you have any questions or if you are interested in participating in one of these virtual focus groups, please contact Jessica Hills at the South Carolina Department of Archives & History.  Her direct line is 803-896-6119 and her email address is

Thank you in advance for your time and input.


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