Re: Digital Microfilm Lori Fenton 08 Oct 2009 21:15 UTC


I got essentially the same explanation from our rep except I understood
that while the full page would display in digital exactly as it does in
traditional, you wouldn't be able in digital to "zoom in", isolate, view
and/or print the individual freelance articles. As you said, you could
locate the full page containing freelance articles, but they are not
indexed individually. Anyone else know more?

Lori R. Fenton
Periodicals/Electronic Resources
Washburn University Mabee Library
1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka KS 66621
Ph. 785-670-1984

King, Mindy wrote:
> It's my understanding from a conversation with a customer service rep that as long as the digital image is exactly the same as it is in microfilm, then all of the freelance articles can be included in the digital version.  So, it must be displayed as the full page, with all surrounding articles/images intact.  Digital microfilm would be exactly the same as traditional microfilm.  We have a trial right now, but I have not purposely gone in to see if anything is missing.
> When we looked at the NYT Historical Newspaper (different from the digital microfilm), the freelance articles could be found if you knew the exact date and page it was printed on. They would not be found in a search.  This is my understanding...I may have misinterpreted what the rep told me.  Others may know more...
> Mindy King, MLIS  MBA
> Serials/Reference & Instruction Librarian, Assistant Professor
> University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Library
> 900 Reserve Street
> Stevens Point, WI  54481
> 715-346-2321
> -----Original Message-----
> From: SERIALST: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [] On Behalf Of Lori Fenton
> Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 3:03 PM
> Subject: Re: [SERIALST] Digital Microfilm
> Has the Tasini decision influenced anyone's decision to switch from
> traditional to digital? We were considering digital to replace our NYT
> film, but now think otherwise.
> King, Mindy wrote:
>> Has anyone out there switched their traditional microfilm to digital microfilm?  We are considering doing this for 3 newspaper titles (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) using ProQuest's Digital Microfilm.
>> What do your users think?
>> What problems have you encountered?
>> Are there other similar products?
>> Any info would be helpful.
>> Thanks,
>> Mindy King
>> Serials Librarian
>> University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Library
>> Stevens Point, WI  54481
>> 715-346-2321