[rescue] In Realtime: Saving 25,000 Manuals — August 15, 2015

Andrew Jones andrew at jones.ec
Sun Aug 23 23:23:43 CDT 2015

Microfiche and microfilm are both, to this day, excellent formats for 
the existing material.

1. Nearly all users understand how to access these formats.

2. It is typically very easy to get a printout of any material you need.

3. Microfiche and microfilm are very, very stable under the climate 
conditions typically found in libraries.

In a perfect world, digitization would be great.  In the world we 
actually live in, microfilm and microfiche are really wonderful archival 

The main thing we don't have in the microfiche world is full-text 
indexing.  That will be a great boon if/when it happens, but it will be 
very expensive to digitize thousands of years of periodicals nationwide.

On 08/22/2015 03:01 PM, Lionel Peterson wrote:
> Not as rare as you may think - many libraries have huge sunk costs into
> microfilm info and are loathe to buy the same info again in a new format.
> For example: http://www.alvaradopubliclibrary.org/microfilm-reader.htm
> Lionel
>> On Aug 22, 2015, at 12:43 PM, Phil Stracchino <phils at caerllewys.net> wrote:
>> Microfiche, not microfilm.  Common in libraries until fairly recently.
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