COSTEP MA COVID-19 Resources page

Find out more about resources related to collections care, cleaning and isolation strategies for collections, lending procedures, disaster and emergency planning in the event of a building closure, financial assistance, and institutional responses during the current public health crisis: https://mblc.state.ma.us/costepma/index.php/cultural-institutions/mitigation/public-health-emergencies/

April 15: “Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines: A REALM Project Webinar”

This webinar will address COVID-19 vaccines and how they impact the reopening and ongoing operations plans for libraries, archives and museums. For more information and to register, click here. The REopening Archives, Libraries and Museums (REALM) project is hosting a webinar to explore the topic of COVID-19 vaccines and how they impact the reopening and … Continue reading April 15: “Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines: A REALM Project Webinar”

April 29: “Pandemic Safety at Cultural Heritage Institutions” webinar

Thursday, April 29th, 2021, 3p-4p via zoom webinar. Register HERE Standards and practices for workplace safety—and for the safety of those communities we serve—have dramatically changed due to COVID-19. To keep rates of infection low, minimize risks to ourselves and our visitors, and as scientific studies continually emerge to further elucidate the nature of the … Continue reading April 29: “Pandemic Safety at Cultural Heritage Institutions” webinar

March 31: Free Webinar on the Incident Command System

From FAIC Emergency Programs Coordinator Elaina Gregg: Please share the following webinar announcement with your networks: The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) is hosting a free webinar titled: "Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level," on March 31, 2021 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Our speaker, David Carmicheal, will discuss the Incident … Continue reading March 31: Free Webinar on the Incident Command System

April 9: “Protecting Your Library From a Fire” training webinar

Of potential interest: "Protecting Your Library From a Fire" workshop hosted by Library 2.0. DATE: Friday, April 9th, 2021, at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. OVERVIEW: A 60-minute training webinar presented by Library 2.0 featuring former multi-city Fire Chief Robert May, JD and hosted by Dr. Steve Albrecht (board certified in HR, security management, employee coaching, … Continue reading April 9: “Protecting Your Library From a Fire” training webinar

Disaster in Texas: Dallas Historical Society and the Hall of State

The unexpected cold temperatures in Texas last month caused a number of hardships to many. One institution severely impacted was the Dallas Historical Society. The pipes in their iconic building, the recently refurbished Hall of State, burst, causing major damage to the historic interiors and many of their archive and object collections. Please take a … Continue reading Disaster in Texas: Dallas Historical Society and the Hall of State

Pandemic Preparedness and Emergency Planning

By Kathy Griffin, Massachusetts Historical Society A couple of weeks ago I “attended” a webinar broadcast under the auspices of the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia (their website is ccaha.org) on “incorporating pandemic preparedness into your emergency plan.” As the person responsible for developing and maintaining our emergency management plan … Continue reading Pandemic Preparedness and Emergency Planning

Cultural Heritage Spaces and the Airborne Transmission of COVID-19

In the wake of the pandemic, cultural heritage organizations began researching its effect on collections, our ability to care for them, and the potential for surface contact transmission. The REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) research project launched in May 2020 to test the survival period of active SARS-CoV-2 on common surfaces found in library, … Continue reading Cultural Heritage Spaces and the Airborne Transmission of COVID-19

Association for Preservation Technology Northeast Annual Meeting & Symposium: “Disasters and How We Overcome Them” – Feb 26

APT Northeast is a chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology International encompassing New England, New York State, and northern New Jersey. Check out their exciting line up of speakers for their Annual Meeting and Symposium on Friday February 26th. $40 for APTNE members, $70 nonmembers. From https://aptne.memberclicks.net/upcoming-symposium: "Disasters come in various forms, whether they be … Continue reading Association for Preservation Technology Northeast Annual Meeting & Symposium: “Disasters and How We Overcome Them” – Feb 26

Upcoming Webinar, March 10th: “Incorporating Pandemic Preparedness in Institutional Emergency Plans”

The Conservation Center for Art & Historical Artifacts (CCAHA) is hosting a webinar titled: “Incorporating Pandemic Preparedness in Institutional Emergency Plans,” on March 10, 2021 at 2:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The speaker, Dyani Feige, is the Director of Preservation Services at CCAHA and works with libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations to conduct needs and … Continue reading Upcoming Webinar, March 10th: “Incorporating Pandemic Preparedness in Institutional Emergency Plans”