May 23, 2022

REALM Project Update: Test Set 3 Announced

From WebJunction/OCLC:

Battelle begins testing a third round of materials on July 10, 2020. For test set 3, five plastic-based items were selected for Battelle lab testing to examine the length of time the COVID-19 virus may live on materials commonly used in archives, libraries, and museums. The materials were provided to Battelle by Columbus Metropolitan Library; the National Archives and Records Administration; and the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress. Results from this round of testing are expected to be released within four weeks. The items include:

Item Material type Usage
DVD/CD polycarbonate audio books, video, music (a polypropylene DVD case was tested in test set 1)
Talking book, USB cassettes acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), specific blend cartridges are used in talking book readers available through the National Library Services for the Blind and Disabled
Acrylic acrylic display cases, partitions
Storage bags (flexible plastic) low-density polyethylene (LDPE), recycling #4 storage, library and museum kits, gift shop packaging
Storage containers (rigid plastic) high-density polyethylene (HDPE), recycling #2 transporting and storage of items

 Direct to REALM Project Website

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