Call Number Podcast: COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

Episode 58 looks at library efforts to prevent the virus's spread

January 19, 2021

In Episode 58, Call Number with American Libraries looks at library efforts to prevent COVID-19 contamination.

First, American Libraries Editorial and Advertising Associate Carrie Smith speaks with Sharon Streams, OCLC’s director of the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project. A collaboration between OCLC, IMLS, and science and technology development nonprofit Battelle Memorial Institute, REALM is studying how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on materials common to libraries, archives, and museums.

Next, American Libraries Senior Editor and Call Number host Phil Morehart talks with Stephen Territo, head of library operations at Vernon Area Public Library in Lincolnshire, Illinois, about how the library installed UV lights and enhanced HVAC filtration solutions in its air handling units to kill airborne pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2.

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