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COVID-19 Resources

The following Collection Care Resources were compiled to assist conservators and collections care professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. As always, we advise all to follow the advice of federal, state, and local public health officials. 


We are including resources for individuals and small business owners at the end of this page. 

Collection Care Resources 

General 

#covidcollectionscare on Twitter
  • Hashtag started by the National Endowment for the Humanities used “for resources and information regarding what cultural heritage practitioners can do to mitigate and secure collections during pandemic for all aspects of collection care."
Collections Care in the Age of COVID-19 Facebook Live event - FAIC Connecting to Collections Care
  • Recording of a Facebook Live event held on April 2, 2020, in which participants posed questions to a panel that included preservation librarians, conservators, and other experts.
Scholarly Research - Taylor & Francis Group
  • Publisher Taylor & Francis is providing free access and expedited online publishing of scholarly research related to COVID-19.
Disinfecting Cultural Resources, Personal Protective Equipment, and Re-Entry to Cultural Sites - National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
  • Three videos (Spanish translation available) guiding staff at cultural sites on disinfecting, selecting and wearing PPE, and how to re-open sites.
Handling Library Materials and Collections During a Pandemic - American Library Association
  • Compilation of resources meant to assist libraries, institutions, and archives during a pandemic.

Cleaning

MNHS Workplace Historic Properties Enhanced Cleaning Guidance for COVID-19 (1) - Minnesota Historical Society
  • Example of a cleaning plan from one institution.
The Impact of Hand Sanitizers on Collection Materials - Library of Congress
  • Summary of outcomes from research on deterioration caused by hand sanitizer.
Disinfecting Books and Other Collections - Northeast Document Conservation Center
  • Technical leaflet from NEDCC on disinfecting collections.
Isolating, Disinfecting, and Cleaning Historic Materials - National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
  • Transcripted video presentation explaining cleaning methods for historic materials.
Best Practices for Cleaning Play and Learn Spaces - Association for Library Service to Children
  • Protocols for cleaning children’s spaces. Could also be applied to any heavily touched surfaces of your museum.

Emergency Plans/Disaster Preparedness

Public Health Emergencies - COSTEP Massachusetts
  • A well-curated resource on many aspects of cultural heritage emergency management including vetted guidance on caring for collections.

Managing Your Museum's Pandemic Response: Activating Your Emergency Response - Alberta Museums Association
  • A guide to implanting your emergency plan during a pandemic.


Preparing a Museum for Closure

Closing a Museum for the Winter - Canadian Conservation Institute
  • Guide that includes a checklist for closing a museum for an extended period of time.

 

 

    Individual & Small Business Resources


    Health & Safety

    Facemasks and Virus Protection - AIC Health & Safety Committee
    • Explanation of the committee's recommendation against making your own face mask or wear a surgical face mask to protect yourself against coronavirus infection.

    CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Resources


    Small Business Assistance

    Economic Injury Disaster Loan - Small Business Administration
    • The U.S. Small Business Administration is making low interest loans, up to $2 million dollars, available to nonprofits and small businesses to recover from economic injury from coronavirus.
      Connect with help or offer help during COVID-19
      • This blog post collects information to connect you to small business assistance, mental health support, and volunteer opportunities.

      Research & Discovery

      Online Resources for Conservation Research
      • This blog post details resources supported by both AIC and FAIC to further the exchange of knowledge in the field.
      Scholarly Research - Taylor & Francis Group
      • Publisher Taylor & Francis is providing free access and expedited online publishing of scholarly research related to COVID-19.