What is the connection between The REALM Project and NCPTT?
REALM is the Reopening of Archives, Libraries,and Museums research program funded by IMLS, the primary source of federal funding for museums and libraries. The work is being done with OCLC, a global library technology and research organization and Battelle, a not-for-profit global research and development organization. They are collaborating to study and share information about how long the COVID-19 virus survives on materials that are prevalent in libraries, archives, and museums.
Mary Striegel, NCPTT’s Chief Materials Conservation, serves on the scientific advisory committee and assists in oversight and recommendations for the project. Striegel’s experience in experimental design and research on cultural materials is proving valuable to the REALM project. The National Park Service and the public are served well by getting the latest research information quickly. You can find regular updates about the project on NCPTT’s website.
For more information about the REALM project, visit https://www.imls.gov/our-work/partnerships/reopening-archives-libraries-and-museums.