Microfiche vs. Microfilm (2 messages) Birdie MacLennan 01 Dec 1993 20:03 UTC
2 messages, 45 lines: ------------------------- Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1993 12:53:48 EST From: Kate Herzog, Univ. at Buffalo <UNLKH@UBVM.BITNET> Subject: Re: Microfiche vs. Microfilm Virginia Hansen asks about the pros and cons of fiche and film. From the collections perspective, microfilm is usually issued after the fact, once a complete volume or year have been issued. Microfiche allows for simultaneous (or almost simultaneous) publication and is, therefore, chosen when current subscriptions are either duplicated in microform or heavily-used titles are replaced as soon as possible by a microform. >From the users perspective, a heavily used title in microform of either type is a burden. Microfiche are more easily misfiled and, if an issue takes more than one sheet, a microfiche is more likely to be incomplete. Microfilm, on the other hand, will more likely be out of the drawer, since, like a bound volume, the user must remove the whole thing, when all he needs is an article from just one issue. It is easier to refile microfilm, easier to see it in the cabinet. However, microfiche is easier to duplicate (either fiche-to-fiche or onto paper format). The answer to the question of preference is based largely on a library's reader and reproduction facilities and also upon which format(s) of microform are available for a given title and/or given run of years. Not scientific, but true. Kate Herzog Director, Science and Engineering Library University at Buffalo email@example.com --------------------------- Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1993 12:48:25 -0600 From: Vickey Baumli <0700647@NORTHWEST.MISSOURI.EDU> Subject: Re: Microfiche vs. Microfilm We much prefer fiche-the students only tie up (usually) one issue at a time, instead of the whole year. They also don't take up as much space. The only problem is that they do get lost-we have 100,000 sheets and when they are lost, they are lost-we do have students "read" the most used titles. I think they do get used as bookmarks, etc, but for the most part they are much much better than film (we have both)- another plus is some of the most heavily used titles come quarterly, so if your paper copies get damaged, you have the fiche quite quickly!