Re: Microfilm reader printer upgrade? -- Werner Lind Stephen Clark 09 Sep 2002 20:02 UTC
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Date: Mon, 09 Sep 2002 15:39:44 -0400
From: Werner Lind <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Microfilm reader printer upgrade? -- Katherine Hill
For whatever it's worth, we did away with all of our microform holdings a
ago, and nobody has missed them. The format was very unpopular with the
because of the cumbersome technology involved, and was hardly ever used.
full-text computer databases and print subscriptions continue to be used,
our pattrons' research needs just fine (with an occasional ILL).
On the other hand, we gave our microform reader/printer to a special
Maryland, which was absolutely delighted to get it; so this technology
meets a need for some libraries. It all depends on your spatial constraints
and your patrons' total blend of information needs and format preferences,
and this will vary from institution to institution.
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> From: "Hill, Katherine" <Hillk@ecc.edu>
> To: <SERIALST@LIST.UVM.EDU>
> Subject: Microfilm reader printer upgrade?
> We are a community college library with quite a bit of our serials
> backfiles on microfilm. Our students are increasingly relying on full
> text services such as Lexis Nexis and Infotrac OneFile. The microfilm
> is used less and less. In the meantime we have two aging 3M film reader
> printers. We had intended to upgrade to a new machine, but now are
> having second thoughts. Has anyone cancelled all their microfilm
> subscriptions? Has anyone gotten rid of all their film and/or fiche?
> We can think of other things to buy with the money a new machine would
> cost. Does anyone have a crystal ball about the future of these
> microform collections?
> Katherine H. Hill
> Circulation/Periodicals Librarian
> Dry Memorial Library
> Erie Community College
> 6205 Main Street
> Williamsville, New York 14221
> (716) 851-1278
Werner A. Lind
Assistant Library Director
Easley Library/Bluefield College
3000 College Drive
Bluefield, VA 24605