Microfilm machines

I have been doing some work with the microfilms in the little research area. After spending a little time figuring out how to use the scanner, and how to save to my personal hard drive, I’m getting some work done. I’m glad the system works. BUT that computer is painfully slow! Why can’t you replace that ancient relic? Also, it would make sense to have more than one microfilm reader, even if the second one didn’t have a scanner.

D. H.

Dear D. H.,

The good news: now that we know our dream of having all the microfilmed newspapers made available online will not be happening any time soon, we are actively shopping for a second reader.

The sad news: the “ancient relic” of a computer at the microfilm scanner actually replaced an even sorrier one that preceded it! Thanks to a grant from the Gates Foundation, we are in the process of upgrading several of our public computers. This will go some way toward balancing the absence of capital funding for computer replacements last fiscal year and this. Meanwhile, our part-time computer specialist works hard to keep 35 public and 30 staff computers running, often using parts from retired PCs to keep other ones functioning. He is aware of the continuing problem at the microfilm reader, and will look for a way to upgrade that computer again.

Thank you very much for taking the time to write.

Kate Tranquada
Library Director


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