Selected bibliography for Managing Microforms in the Digital Age

The following includes some historic and seminal articles that provide perspective on the management of microforms in the past thirty years. It is by no means an exhaustive bibliography, rather, it is a resource that demonstrates the breadth of management concerns encountered during the last quarter of the twentieth century and the new challenges facing managers of microforms in the twenty-first century. Note: URLs are accurate as of May 2013.

Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM). ANSI/AIIM MS23-1998—Standard Recommended Practice—Production, Inspection, and Quality Assurance of First-Generation, Silver Microforms of Documents (1998),

American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI IT9.5-1992—Imaging Materials—Ammonia-Processed Diazo Photographic Film—Specifications for Stability, (1992).

American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI IT9.12-1991—Imaging Materials— Processed Vesicular Photographic Film—Specifications for Stability, (1991).

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. “Guidelines for Cataloging Microform Sets” (1989),

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. “Guidelines for Cataloging Record Sets: Reproductions (Microform and Electronic) and Original Sets” (2006),

Alexander, Barbara B. and Bill Page. “An Overview of Microform Circulation in ARL Libraries: Needs, Statistics and the Impact of Automation.” Microform Review 19, no. 1 (1990): 27–30.

Arlitsch, Kenning and John Herbert. “Microfilm, Paper, and OCR: Issues in Newspaper Digitization.” Microform & Imaging Review 33, no. 2 (2007):59–67.

Australian Microfilm Services. “AMS and the Kodak Digital Archive Writer.” AMS Adviser 5, no. 4 (2000).

Ayres, F. H. “Bibliographic Control at the Cross Roads.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 20, no. 3 (1995): 5–18.

Bahr, Alice Harrison. Microforms: The Librarians’ View, 197879. White Plains, N.Y.: Knowledge Industry Publications, 1978.

Baker, Nicholson. Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper. New York: Random House, 2001.

Been, Joshua. “Microforms." LIS 519: Selection, Acquisitions, and Management of Non-Book Materials, Dr. John Ellison (Formats Covered). The Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Buffalo. (This resource is currently unavailable online.)

Bellinger, Meg. “The Transformation from Microfilm to Digital Storage and Access.” Journal of Library Administration 25, no. 4 (1998): 177–85.

Breslawski, Robert. “Microfilm Media and Technology in a Digital World.” Microform & Imaging Review 34, no. 4 (2005): 175–78.

Burkel, Russ. “The Role of Microfilm in Information Management: Current and Past Problems with Digital Long-Term Storage have been Well Publicized. Is it Possible to Guarantee the Preservation of History and Allow for Future Processing of It? (Tech Trends)." The Free Library (2003). role of microfilm in information management: current and past...-a097393131.

Canepi, Kitti. “Microfilm Serial Backfiles: Are They Still Cost Effective?” Serials Review 29, no. 4 (2003): 282–86.

Carlin, John. “Preserved in Full, for Future Generations.” Prologue Magazine. 33, no.1 (2001).

Chapman, Stephen, Paul Conway, and Anne Kenney. “Digital Imaging and Preservation Microfilm: The Future of the Hybrid Approach for the Preservation of Brittle Books.” Council on Library and Information Resources, Commission on Preservation and Access. (1999)

Child, Margaret S. “Selection for Microfilming.” American Archivist 53 (spring 1990): 250–55.

Cox, Richard J. "Selecting Historical Records for Microfilming: Some Suggested Procedures for Repositories." Library and Archival Security 9 (1989): 21–41.

Dalton, Steve. “Reformatting: 6.1 Microfilm and Microfiche.” Northeast Document Conservation Center Preservation Leaflets.

DeCandido, Robert. "Considerations in Evaluating Searching for Microfilm Availability." Microform Review (summer 1990): 116–18.

De Lusenet, Yola. "Microfilm and Digitization as Choices in Preservation." LIBER Quarterly 13 (2003): 112–18.

De Rosa, Cathy et al. The 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan (Dublin, Ohio: OCLC, 2003),

Dodson, Suzanne Cates. “Bibliographic Control.” Microform Review 9, no. 1 (summer 1980):145–53.

Dodson, Suzanne Cates. “Bibliographic Control of Microforms: Where Are We Today?” Microform Review 12, no. 1 (winter 1983): 12–18.

Dodson, Suzanne Cates. “A Film is a Film is a Film – or Is It? … Microfilms—How to Evaluate for Use and Purchase.” Microform & Imaging Review 34, no. 1 (2005): 18–21.

Dranov, Paula. Microfilm: The Librarian’s View, 19761977. White Plains, NY: Knowledge Industry Publications, Inc., 1976.

Eichhorn, Sara. “Standards for Public Service of Microform Collections.” Microform Review 13, no. 2 (spring 1980): 103–07.

Elkington, Nancy E., ed. RLG Archives Microfilming Manual. Mountain View, CA: Research Libraries Group, 1994.

Elkington, Nancy E., ed. RLG Preservation Microfilming Handbook. Mountain View, CA: Research Libraries Group, 1992.

Engsberg, Rebecca. "The Future of Microforms in a Digital Age." Newsletter of the Law Librarians of New England. 23, no. 2 (2003).

Farrington, Jean Walter. “The Use of Microforms in Libraries: Concerns of the Last Ten Years.” The Serials Librarian 10, issue 1/2 (1985): 195–99.

Folcarelli, Ralph J., Arthur C. Tannenbaum, and Ralph C. Ferragamo. The Microform Connections: A Basic Guide for Libraries. New York, NY: R. R. Bowker Co., 1982.

Fox, Lisa L., ed. Preservation Microfilming: A Guide for Librarians and Archivists. Chicago: ALA, 1996.

Gleaves, Edwin S., and Robert T. Carterett. “Microform Serials Acquisitions: A Suggested Planning Model.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 8, no. 5 (1982): 292–95.

Graham, Crystal. “Guidelines for Bibliographic Records for Preservation Microform Masters.” Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 1990.

Hazen, Dan C. "The Production and Bibliographic Control of Latin American Preservation Microforms in the United States." Commission on Preservation and Access, June 1991.

Heynen, Jeffrey. “The ARL Microform Project for the Bibliographic Control of Microforms: Report on a Survey of Microform Sets in US and Canadian Libraries.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 44, no. 4 (summer 1984): 31–49.

Hooley, Robert P. “The ALCTS ‘Bibliographic Control of Microforms’ Preconference: A Cataloging Perspective.” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 12, no. 2 (1990): 139–44.

Hyde, Nancy. “Bibliographic Control: A British View.” Microform Review 10, no. 3 (summer 1981): 166–69.

International Organization for Standardization. ISO 18901:2001— Photography, Imaging Materials—Processed Silver-Gelatin-Type Black-and-White Films—Specifications for Stability (2001).

Johnson, Steve. "Coming to our Census: The End of Microfilm?" The Cemetery Column,

Knowlton, Steven A. “How the Current Draft of RDA Addresses the Cataloging of Reproductions, Facsimiles, and Microforms.” Library Resources and Technical Services 53 (2009): 159–65.

Knowlton, Steven A., et al. "Microforms in a Linked World: Using OPACs and Other Web Applications to Improve Access to Content in Microform." Microform & Imaging Review 36, no. 3 (2007): 121–26.

MacDonald, Eric. “Bibliographic Control Microforms: Current Status and the ARL Microform Project.” Microform Review 12, no. 1 (winter 1983):19–26.

Madarash-Hill, Cherie. "The Use of JSTOR Aggregator Titles in an Academic Library." Louisiana Libraries 68, no. 2 (2005): 3–8.

Martin, Shawn. "EEBO, Microfilm, and Umberto Eco: Historical Lessons and Future Directions for Building Electronic Collections." Microform & Imaging Review 36, no. 4 (2007): 159–64.

McKern, Debra, and Sherry Byrne. ALA Target Packet for Use in Preservation Microfilming. Chicago: ALA, 1991.

Microfilm and Microfiche.” Published as Section 5, Leaflet 1 in Preservation of Library and Archival Materials: A Manual, 3rd ed., revised and expanded, ed. by Sherelyn Ogden. Andover, MA: Northeast Document Conservation Center, 1999.

Myrick, William J. “Access to Microforms: A Survey of Failed Efforts.” Library Journal 103, no. 20 (Nov. 15, 1978): 2301–302.

Negus, Paul. "The Future of Microfilm." Approved Business. 2008.

OCLC. “WorldCat Collection Sets.”

Palmer, Suzy Szasz. “Enhanced Access to Our Microform Collections.” Cite & Byte 8, no. 2 (Spring 1998).

Peiss, Kathy. "Cultural Policy in a Time of War: The American Response to Endangered Books in World War II." Library Trends 55, no. 3 (2007): 370–86.

Persky, Gail. “The Mellon Microform Master Project at the New York Public Library.” Microform Review 13, no. 1 (winter 1984): 11–16.

Reed-Scott, Jutta. “OCLC RetroCon Project for Preservation Microform Masters Completed.” OCLC Newsletter, no. 233 (May/June 1998).

Reese, Terry. MarcEdit: Current News,

Reilly, James M. “Basic Strategy for Acetate Film Preservation.” Microform & Imaging Review 31, no. 4 (fall 2002): 117–30.

Reilly, James M. IPI Storage Guide for Acetate Film. Rochester, NY: Image Permanence Institute, 1993.

Sanders, Mark and Mark Martin. “Extra! Extra! Read All about It! Newspaper Access in the Academic Library." Louisiana Libraries 67, no. 1 (2004): 18–24.

Saffady, William. Micrographics: Technology for the Twenty-First Century. Prairie Village, KS: ARMA International, 2000.

Serikaku, Laurie R. and Pablo Calvan. “Using Research Materials in Microform.” In Microform Reading Room. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1994.

Sicilia, David B. “Film Buffs.” Inc.20, no 17 (1998): 152.

Sridhar, M. S. “Are Microforms Dead?” SRELS Journal of Information Management 32, no. 2 (2002): 139–52.

Stebelman, Scott. “Bibliographic Control of Microform: Suggestions for Improved Local Access.” Microform Review 10, no. 3 (summer 1981):162–65.

Sullivan, Robert C. “Microform Developments Related to Acquisitions.” Microform Review 14, no. 3 (1985): 164–70.

Usovicz, Eileen F. and Barbara Lilley. “Preservation Microfilming and Photocopying.” In Preservation: Issues and Planning, edited by Paul N. Banks and Roberta Pilette, 265–84. Chicago: American Library Association, 2000.

Vondracek, Ruth. “Comfort and Convenience? Why Students Choose Alternatives to the Library.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 7, no.3 (2007):277–93.

Warner, Julian. “British Library Microform Publications and their Bibliographic Control.” Journal of Librarianship 20, no. 3 (1988):159–80.

White, Joshua. “Micrographics Serves State of Illinois for nearly 70 Years.” For the Record 21, no. 1 (2007): 1.

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