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ERIC Number: ED038984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Sep-10
Pages: 20
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Microfiche 1969 -- A User Survey.
Wooster, Harold
An informal survey of microfiche users was conducted by correspondence, resulting in over 300 letters. Industrial libraries led all others in their acceptance of fiche, with a ratio of 2:1 in favor. Half of the individual users despised fiche; 25% liked it with some reservations and 25% were strongly in favor. Half of those who liked fiche had found it useful in handling personal reprint collections, primarily because it saved storage space, but also because it was easy to retrieve and manipulate, and inexpensive. The chief reason for disliking fiche was the unavailability of readers, either on the job or at home; a close second was the poor optical and mechanical quality of the readers currently available. The author offers three alternative strategies for dealing with microfiche: (1) ignore it and it will go away, (2) drive it underground and (3) learn to live with it until something better comes along. In pursuit of (3), practical suggestions are offered for format of reports to be reproduced on microfiche. (Author)
Clearinghouse for Federal Scientific & Technical Information, Springfield, Va. 22151 (AD-695 049, MF $.65, HC $3.00)
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Authoring Institution: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Arlington, VA.
Note: Speech presented before the Division of Chemical Literature Microfilm Forum, 158th Meeting, American Chemical Society, New York, N. Y., September 10, 1969