Planning to Reopen

 

Best Practices for Reopening Your Museum - Iowa Museum Association

Considerations for Museum Reopenings - American Alliance of Museums

High Touch Deep Clean Areas Identified for Museums - Oklahoma Museums Association infographic

 

Iowa Department of Public Health

CDC Cleaning Guidelines

 

Dexibit "Leading in Crisis: Survive then Thrive" Visitor Attractions Unite Responding to COVID-19 Whitepaper

Colleen Dilenschneider: Know Your Own Bone COVID-19 Updates
Colleen Dilenschneider: What will Make People Feel Safe Attending a Cultural Entity Again?

Best Practices for Cleaning Play and Learn Spaces

Membership & Development: How to Prepare for When Your Institution Reopens, is now available for on-demand viewing.   In this webinar, hear panelists Dana Hines of Membership Consultants and Bob Ramin of GG+A discuss topics for planning for future reopening of your organization.

IMLS - Safe Reopening resources

OSHA:  https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osha/osha20200309 

CDC guide cleaning/disinfecting for the workplace: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html  

National Endowment for the Arts

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management on Infectious Disease Policy

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, says "Employers are legally liable for both employees and non-employees infected in the workplace.  Additionally, chronic disease carriers such as persons with tuberculosis are protected against employment discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is imperative to have a policy and actionable plan in place that considers legally protected employees under the ADA, privacy issues of infected employees, recognition of risk, and the reduction of employer liability and continuing operations.

Employers have five basic actions to take when there is a potential communicable disease risk in the workplace:

    Notification and verification of disease risk.
    Understanding the disease and culling resources.
    Identifying the scope of the risk.
    Determining employer response.
    Handling internal and HR compliance matters."

Read more here.

Stay Informed

IMA has a free series called IMA Plugged-In.  The topics were developed prior to COVID-19.  Register here.

AAM Free Webinars

Connecting to Collections Care Webinar Archive

Cuseum.com has some free webinars. See more here: cuseum.com/webinars

Museum Computer Network Virtual Resources, E-Learning and Online Collections

 

Survey Results

IMA will take snapshot surveys over the next few months to assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Iowa's museums over time.  The survey taken May 18-22, 2020 is posted below.

Iowa Survey of COVID-19-Impact - Iowa Museum Association. Please complete this survey update in August 2020.

National Survey of COVID-19 Impact - American Alliance of Museums (June 2020)
May 22 Survey Results_1
(Adobe PDF File)

Products You May be Seeking

The Iowa Museum Association has no relationship with these businesses and only provides these as suggested sources for products potentially needed as museums reopen:

IowaMade.org - Protostudios Face Shield
https://iowamade.org/protostudios-face-shield

McMaster Carr - hand sanitizer
https://www.mcmaster.com/sanitizers/purell-hand-sanitizer-cartridges-and-dispensers/

Global Industrial - masks and face shields
https://www.globalindustrial.com/

Regal Plastics - customized sneeze guards - call 319-232-8757

Edwards Creative Acrylic Barriers - fully customizable.

Plan Fundraising

While donors are currently focused, as they should be, on giving to alleviate medical and other human needs, there will come a time when the immediate needs are met and donors may be ready to direct gifts to nonprofits that need resources to reboot personnel and programs.

 

How will you give donors the opportunity to support your organization?  How will you frame your message?

 

In the meantime, communicate with your Board and donors about operational needs - share stories of impact.

Change the focus of letters and fund drives already planned.  Shine a light on the need for operational support.

Communicate with your community through social media, virtual tours, remote meetings

Caring for the Collection

 

Disinfecting artifacts: The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training is sharing great information on disinfecting and sanitizing at historic sites, including tips for cleaning solutions and different surfaces. 

 https://www.ncptt.nps.gov/blog/covid-19-basics-disinfecting-cultural-resources/ 

FAIC - Collections Care Amid COVID-19.

Security is extra important while the museum is shut down.  Make sure security cameras are in place, alarms turned on, and designated individuals are checking the premises regularly.

Monitor for water damage - broken or leaky pipes, windows, ground penetration - that could damage collections.

Pests proliferate when humans are not around.  Set traps and monitor carefully.

International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection: Sound Advice for Basic Security During Current Closures