ERIC Number: ED352979
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Survey of Micropublishers: A Report to the Commission on Preservation and Access.
Based on a survey previously developed and pretested by the American Association of Law Libraries to gather information about the practices and use of standards by the producers of first generation microfilm, this survey was implemented by the Research Libraries Group, Inc., under contract to the Commission on Preservation and Access. The intent of the survey is to describe the state of preservation microfilming in English-speaking countries, primarily North America and the United Kingdom, by quantifying the methods of production, storage, and availability of microforms. Four types of microfilm producers were targeted: learned societies and professional associations, commercial micropublishers, educational institutions, and government agencies. The survey questions were organized into six categories: (1) general information; (2) microform production and quality control; (3) storage of camera masters; (4) storage containers and enclosures; (5) inspection of stored film; and (6) micropublishing history (e.g., business acquisitions, mergers). Results in each category are described in detail, and conclusions and recommendations based on the these findings are summarized. The latter are concerned with standards of production; the practice of acquiring microform "masters"; inspection programs for stored microfilm; training of staff; and quality assurance programs. It is noted that a copy of the full report of the survey, which includes a directory of micropublishers, is available for sale from the Commission. (ALF)
Descriptors: Colleges, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Storage, Microfilm, Microforms, Microreproduction, Preservation, Professional Associations, Public Agencies, Publishing Industry, Statistical Analysis, Surveys
Commission on Preservation and Access, 1400 16th Street, N.W., Suite 740, Washington, DC 20036-2117 ($5 prepaid); (survey results and list of micropublishers--attention Rebecca Kelly--$10).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Preservation and Access, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: North America; United Kingdom