Disappearing microform titles (2 messages) Marcia Tuttle 06 Sep 2001 00:25 UTC

Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2001 07:59:54 -0600
Subject: Re: Disappearing microform titles... (Noreen Fish)

Hello Buddy,

Thank you for your note.  I have contacted the publisher of Kiplinger's
Personal Finance and I was told there was no reason to film their
publication anymore because all back issues are available on the web.
Infact I the publisher seemed to feel they were doing us a favor by not
allowing there issues to be filmed.  Progress?

Lisa Bowman
Periodicals Supervisor
Albertsons Library
Boise State University
POB 46
Boise,  ID  83707-0046
208-426-4224 / 208-426-5424 fax

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2001 14:58:10 -0500
> From: "MD_Buddy (Buddy Pennington)" <MD_Buddy@KCLIBRARY.ORG>
> Subject: Disappearing microform titles...
> Hi all,
> In looking at our annual renewal list from ProQuest-Bell and Howell-UMI
> (take your pick) we have discovered that several fairly popular titles are
> no longer available on microfilm.  The list of titles that affects our
> library are:
> Audubon
> Business Ethics Quarterly
> MotorBoating
> World Press Review
> Country Music
> Discover
> Field and Stream
> Journal of Career Planning and Employment
> Kiplinger's Personal Finance
> Outdoor Life,
> Popular Science
> Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
> Skiing Magazine
> Sky and Telescope
> When I contacted our rep at ProQuest, we were told that the publishers had
> decided not to continue to pay for microform.  We obviously can live without
> the film for some of these titles, but it seems to me that the publishers
> are making a big mistake discontinuing such titles as Popular Science,
> Discover, World Press Review, etc.
> Is there anything we can do about this?  Also, what ideas do you have about
> retaining this stuff?  We do not have room to bind the materials.  We can
> send the issues out to a vendor to film them, but many of these titles have
> missing issues by the end of the volume (another important reason for the
> film). And these other vendors charge more than ProQuest does.
> Buddy Pennington
> Document Delivery Librarian
> Kansas City Public Library
> md_buddy@kclibrary.org
> 816-701-3552

Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2001 09:01:46 -0500
From: Peter V. Picerno <ppicerno@UTMEM.EDU>
Subject: Re: Disappearing microform titles... (Noreen Fish)

I would suggest that the publisher is not the agency to contact in this
instance -- or regarding microfilming in general -- since preservation of
their material is usually one of the last things on their mind. Contacting
the microfilming agancies, such as Bell & Howell (aka UMI), and pleading our
case with them would probably yield better results since it has been their
business in the past to supply libraries with the means of preserving this

Peter Picerno