Improving Access to Latin American Microfilm. LASER March, 2004 Teresa Chapa, UNC Chapel Hill Emily Stambaugh, Wake Forest Univ. Microfilm is underused. Stats about microfilm holdings and declining microfilm usage in general.
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LASER March, 2004
Teresa Chapa, UNC Chapel Hill
Emily Stambaugh, Wake Forest Univ.
Make the indexes to microfilm collections searchable electronically.
Consider the user’s questions:
What tools can libraries use to
provide access to content?
-Primary Source Media http://microformguides.gale.com/?psm=guides
Subject access by conventional LCSH
Accessible through the catalog, a familiar e-tool for the user.
Indexing done by experts (catalogers, microfilm producers)What direction might we take?
Some sets lack MARC records
Lack of analytic cataloging – item level access
Does not allow for cross-institutional searching/access
Does not group content for area studies
Web. Union Catalogs
Electronic Indexes and Databases
Shall we create an electronic search tool that allows users to search across microfilm indexes, like an abstracts-and-citations database?
One stop shopping: a comprehensive finding aid for researchers to find microfilmed content specific to Latin America.
Points to consider: