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Re: Microfilm Pricing (David Goodman) Marcia Tuttle 09 Dec 1999 19:38 UTC

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Date: Thu, 9 Dec 1999 12:20:34 -0400
From: David Goodman <dgoodman@Princeton.EDU>
Subject: Re: Microfilm Pricing

Why would any library now get microfilm for anything they could get in
electronic format?
I suspect that the number of purchasers they have may be going down even more
sharply than subscribers to print. I would put microfilm as a means of access
to serials in the list of obsolete and endangered technologies. I know there
is much third world material avail in this format but not online, but
shouldn't we devote our efforts to scanning these materials rather than
continuing filming?  I know that correctly stored master microfilm is a
reliable archival medium, but shouldn't we be developing means of properly
archiving electronic media instead?

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> Date: Wed, 8 Dec 1999 16:05:25 -0800
> From: Carol Morse <MorsCa@WWC.EDU>
> Subject: Re: From Robert Bland (Eleanor Cook)
> I have the same complaint.  I strongly objected to this a couple of years
> ago when the prices first sky-rocketed.  We cut $3000-worth of microfiche
> subscriptions at that time.  It seems to me that UMI is trying to imitate
> spiraling paper prices.  Could it be a case of, The market will take it,
> we have a semi-monopoly, so let's get all the money we can?  I told our
> rep what I thought, and he said he would relay my complaints to
> management, but of course it did no good.  Maybe if others start
> complaining, we could make an impression.
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> Serials Librarian                                             Fax 509) 527-2001
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David Goodman
Biology Librarian, and
Co-Chair, Electronic Journals Task Force
Princeton University Library
phone: 609-258-3235            fax: 609-258-2627