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Benefits of Microfilm

"Microfilm continues to be the most universally accepted archival format, with a life expectancy of 500 years. It is eye readable and can be used by most everyone. The use of 35mm microfilm permits filming of large format materials in total image perspective and in sections for greater clarity. Lower reduction ratios provide a high degree of clarity for the smallest documents. Microfilming provides excellent results for many flat materials including newspapers, manuscripts, maps and bound books."

— Microfilm and Imaging Review

Microform — the perfect medium for permanent retention of research materials. . .

Here are six of the most important reasons to acquire research materials in microform:

  • Page for page, there is no more economical way for your library to acquire archival document collections than through the medium of microform.
  • A microform edition reproduces an identical of the original — completely unedited, absolutely accurate, with no possibility of corruption.
  • Linked to high-quality print or electronic finding aids, microforms are easy to use, research and—with a digital microform reader/reader/printer — download, e-mail and fax.
  • With online subscription services, you have access to, but do not own, information. A microform collection is an appreciating physical asset which, under adequate storage conditions, will last 500 years.
  • Centuries of critical research material can be maintained in far less space than print counterparts, safely and securely.
  • Microform accessibility is never limited to electronic delivery problems; it is always available and ready to be put to use.

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