Appendix C of Managing Microforms in the Digital Age
Commercial Microform Providers and Service Bureaus
Note: This list of current commercial providers is not meant to be inclusive. URLs are accurate as of May 2013.
AMI Document Management Services
AMI Document Management Services, also known as Apex Micrographics, provides filming and scanning services mostly for the business market. In addition to imaging services, Apex also markets microform readers and reader/printers.
Archival Solutions (A division of Primary Source Microfilm)
Archival Solutions specializes in duplication, acetate film and fiche conversion, and storage.
Backstage Library Works
Formerly OCLC Preservation Resources, Backstage Library Works provides customized digitization and microfilming solutions. The provide preservation microfilm services, including all preimage capture processes, duplication services, polysulfiding, master negative storage and film-to-digital processes. Since they have long partnered with libraries and cultural institutions, they have considerable expertise in books, journals, and archival collections as well as specialized materials featuring foldouts, oversized formats, and foreign languages.
Content Conversion Specialists (CCS)
CCS provides digital content creation, project management, and consulting. They are one of the vendors that specialize in microfilm-to-digital conversion.
The Crowley Company offers microfilm, digital, and hybrid services. They provide a wide range of products, including microfilming equipment, film-to-digital and digital-to-film conversion equipment, film stock, film processors, film duplicators, book scanners, document scanners, microform readers and more. Some of the product lines include Zeutschel, Mekel Technology, Wicks and Wilson, InoTec, Qidenus, HF Processors, Extek Microsystems and others. In addition to equipment sales, Crowley also functions as a service bureau providing a variety of film and digital services.
Heritage Archives provides a full range of microform production and duplication services, but they specialize in the preservation microfilming of newspapers. They maintain a film storage facility for master negative storage and they reproduce copies of microfilm on demand. Heritage Archives maintains the NEWSPAPERARCHIVE, a fee-based full-text digital newspaper database. www.newspaperarchive.com/ The website provides a good overview of microfilm history, methods, and standards.
iArchives provides digital content creation, project management, and consulting. They are one of the vendors who specialize in microfilm-to-digital conversion.
NA Publishing, Inc.
National Archive Publishing Company, now called NA Publishing, Inc., was established in 2005 and comprises established businesses acquired from ProQuest Information and Learning. NA Publishing’s vault contains more than eighteen thousand periodical titles, excluding newspapers, which they supply in fiche or film formats to libraries and archives. Their website also includes helpful information about the storage and endurance of film collections.
MCO Document Imaging Solutions
MCO offers microfilming and scanning services, film processing, film duplication, film-to-digital conversion, and other document imaging related services and are geared toward records management and business markets. In addition to services, MCO markets film supplies, scanners, microfilm readers and reader/printers, and scanning hardware.
Northern Micrographics provides preservation microfilming services for books, journals, special collections and newspapers. They perform pre-image capture preparation, filming, duplication, and film storage. Since they also provide digital imaging services, they are capable of providing hybrid solutions employing film and digital outcomes. They specialize in partnerships with cultural institutions, and their website maintains list of current resources.
ProQuest (including Chadwyck-Healey and UMI)
789 E. Eisenhower Pkwy.
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Tel: 1-800-521-0600, ext. 2873
Online contact form: www.proquest.com/en-US/support/contact.shtml
ProQuest maintains the one of the largest microfilm vaults in the world with over billions of pages of microfilm masters. Over the years, ProQuest has expanded its University Microfilms operations (UMI) to merge with other larger micropublishers such as Bell and Howell, Chadwyck-Healey and Heritage Quest, among others. ProQuest offers microfilm subscriptions to many newspapers. They continue to provide filming services through the Dissertation Abstracts program, and they have expanded imaging services to include source imaging, film-to-digital imaging, and digital-to-film imaging. They have also participated in the growing trend to create digital newspaper archives from microfilm.
Readex Microprint Corporation, a division of NewsBank, Inc. since 1984, publishes many historical primary-source material collections on microform. While many of their collections are being converted into digital resources, microform versions are still available.