Microfilm may not be as common as it once was, but it’s still a great medium for record preservation. While fewer people are using it these days, it’s still an interesting topic! That’s why we’ve come up with some of our favorite facts about it. That’s right—read on to find out some of the coolest tidbits of info we’ve collected regarding microfilm and all of its wonders.
A Variety of Types
“Microfilm” is kind of a catch-all term, and is most commonly used when describing microforms, or various types of media that are made with micrographics equipment. What are the three kinds of microform? Microfilm, microfiche, and aperture cards. There are even more breakdowns within the categories beyond that, all of which can get confusing fast, but it explains why so many people say “microfilm” when they have records on any of the above kinds of media.
Long Shelf Life
Microfilm is also known for its longevity. If stored properly and handled with care, it can last up to 500 years! You might say that something like a piece of paper or a PDF could last longer, but microfilm has a great ratio of how long it lasts and how little storage it takes up. On average, a banker’s box of it holds 90 times the number of images as paper, so it’s a great option for storing images that can be referenced on the fly.
Deterioration and Decay
Make sure you store it properly if you want it to last as long as it possibly can. If it isn’t stored right, microfilm will inevitably begin to decay and eventually become useless. Poor storage conditions and heavy use are the biggest culprits in microfilm decay. Leaving your microfilm in hot or humid conditions, exposed to light, or storing microfilm alongside other chemicals are all improper ways of storing it that will impact longevity.
Convert Your Images
If necessary, you can scan and convert it into a digital image. Having that digital backup is always nice in case there’s some sort of emergency. Digitizing microfilm allows for quicker access to records, better security, the safety in knowing you have multiple copies, and more. Consider creating digital backups of all of your microfilm images for safekeeping.
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