December 2, 2008

Canned Libraries


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3 comments:

doug0077 said...

Hi Ninja,

I'm gettin' me one of these. And I think I'll call it, uh....uh.....uh...

MICROFILM!

Very cool ad. Thanks for passing it along,

Doug

Kim Kasch said...

Yeah, I think I've looked on these at the Multnomah County Library when I was researching my house's history. It was built in 1890 and the records are on microfiche. Such an amazing invention - for 1936!!!

But, you'd think they would archive the info onto cd or dvd or mp3's or...something. I guess there's no budget for those things. (sigh)

george.w said...

Back in my camera repair days I found myself repairing microfilm readers, often making parts that were no longer available as replacements.

Two very cool things about microfilm: it's permanent and it's obvious, which is to say that if someone found a microfilm spool or a microfiche in a thousand years they would know right away how to construct a reader for it. Our digital records are, by contrast, ephemeral.

(Of course digitized information has other advantages...)