Microfilm has vinegar smell! Kate Hood 16 Jul 2007 18:51 UTC

What are your experiences with "vinegar syndrome"?  We have just discovered
it in some of our microfilm.

Questions I have:

1)  How urgent is it to have the film copied once the smell is first
detected?  (It is old film of our Greensboro newspaper, and the public
library - not our library, is the permanent depository.)
2)  Can the "infected" reels be isolated in drawers, or does it spread from
drawer to drawer?  We have noticed it in certain types of boxes only.

Thanks for any information you can supply.

Kate Hood
Library Associate for Serials and Binding
Guilford College, Serials Library
5800 W. Friendly Ave.
Greensboro, NC  27410
336-316-2362; 336-316-2449 fax