ERIC Number: ED051651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
The Dynamics of Microfilm.
Allison, V. M.; Sperry, Frederick E.
In the computer output microfilm (COM) process, machine language on magnetic tape is converted via electronic equipment into print on microfilm. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, COM is being used increasingly to reduce the volume of hardcopy files, to permit efficient record retrieval, and to provide protection for the files from fires and other hazards. In their first use of COM, the Office of Admissions and Records used the process to improve their handling of student records. With COM they were able to go from a punch card for each of their 21,000 students to an entire student study list on two rolls of 16 millimeter microfilm. As other departments became interested in the process the system was changed to COM microfiche, indexed and titled by computer. Low-cost microfiche readers were installed around the campus and the Office of Student Affairs, the University Health Center, and the Student Loans Office became constant users of the microfiche service. COM has totally replaced hardcopy in a number of uses at a great savings in time, space, and money. Based on their success with COM the authors suggest methods of beginning and/or expanding a COM system. They point out several areas of great potential for this process, review recent improvements in COM technology and equipment, and describe the benefit of COM in data processing. (JY)
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Milwaukee.
Identifiers: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee