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36939RE: [FHCNET] film readers and film ordering becoming obsolete?

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  • Steve Fox
    Mar 1
      A word about microfilm longevity. I don’t know the source of the “7%” quoted below, but that is not correct.

      However, the more critical issue is that raw microfilm used for making copies for distribution is no longer available at an affordable cost. In fact, it will soon be unavailable at any cost. In addition, the infrastructure used to circulate microfilm will soon be obsolete and it is not cost effective to upgrade, or replace it. I can’t give an exact time frame, but microfilm circulation will go away in the near future, regardless.

      As Leslie mentions below, there are issues with some images and copyright. Creative solutions to these issues are in review.

      I hope you are all aware that digital images are available now through the catalog. Hundreds of millions of images not indexed or in the FamilySearch browse collections are available there. In total, nearly 2 billion images are available from the FamilySearch Catalog. If you haven’t used this feature, check it out! When you do any type of catalog search, click the dropdown arrow in the “Search these family history centers:” box and select “Online” to limit search results to digitized films and books available online. Books are linked to their images by the colored click here link. Microfilm is linked to its digital images by a camera icon on the far right of each film note. You may be surprised how much is available this way.

      Images viewed this way are not structured like the browse collections, but mimic the microfilm roll experience. If something is on Item 3, you need to scroll down through the thumbnails looking for Item 3, like cranking through a roll of film. (items usually begin with a black image usually displaying the item number on it.)

      Viewing these images is subject to the same restrictions applied to the browse collections, so be sure you are logged in when you search.

      Hope this helps,

      Steve Fox

      From: FHCNET@yahoogroups.com [mailto:FHCNET@yahoogroups.com]
      Sent: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:47 PM
      To: FHCNET@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [FHCNET] film readers and film ordering becoming obsolete?

      In one of the presentations at Rootstech 2017, it was said that only 7% of the records that the church has is online. I cannot see these films going away anytime soon if there is that much information that we cannot get on line.


      Deane A. Burbank
      Home (253) 841-1129
      Director, Puyallup Stake Family History Center
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      On Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 4:06 PM, 'Leslie Vaughn' Leslievaughn@...<mailto:Leslievaughn@...> [FHCNET] <FHCNET@yahoogroups.com<mailto:FHCNET@yahoogroups.com>> wrote:

      Our little family history center has 3 film readers that have an ongoing problem with belts breaking. I don’t think it is the readers, per se. Just that we have some new old stock belts that have been disintegrating on the shelf.

      Our FM group thought we might have a reader problem so they brought us a reader from a down-sized FHC. As soon it was put to use the belt broke on it and it is taking up space. In an attempt to get belts, one of our staff contacted support after failing to get them from the FM group. In his contact with support he mentioned the extra film reader that we really have no space for.

      The response from support is here; I have redacted the case number and the full name of our staff member. Otherwise it is all there except for the familysearch logo.

      My question: Has anyone else heard anything about film ordering being stopped?

      I know that as time goes on there will be more and more on-line; but I was under the impression that the copyright holders of some of the records won’t ever allow the images to be on-line and that the only way to see the image is to view it on a film or to go to the repository. I was also led to believe that it could be decades before all records that can be digitized will be and posted on familysearch.

      I am quite concerned about the response that our Brother Davis received.

      Leslie Vaughn

      Dear ,,,,,,,,,Davis,
      Thank you for contacting the FamilySearch support team. Your support case #02816800 has been updated.
      You can view your case details, including relevant knowledge articles in the Help Center by clicking the link below. You may be required to sign in.

      This is your original case description:

      This is as per the Manager of the Equipment Department:

      * If two of the readers are currently working, and they never have anyone waiting to use the third, they should just give the 3rd reader to the FM group to recycle. Film ordering will be going away eventually and now is a great time to start removing unneeded readers. Since the other 2 are currently working, there is no need to send any belts to them at this time.
      If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact us directly by phone or chat. Click on <https://familysearch.org/ask/help> for details.

      Please retain this Case identification number in all replies:
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