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Definition:Microform is the generic term for books, periodicals, newspapers, documents, etc. which are recorded in miniaturized form on a strip of film (microfilm) or a small sheet of film (microfiche).
Purpose: microform collections have been the traditional way libraries acquire and store journal archives, newspaper archives and other specialist collections of resources.The advantages of microform :
Preservation and archival quality of microform materials varies according to the type of film or fiche being utilized. The Library normally acquires "Silver halide" whenever possible: silver halide microfilm has an archival longevity of over one hundred years -- if properly stored and if protected from heat and dust. "Vesicular" or "Diazo" film or fiche are not normally preferred as they have a lesser life span.Holdings - The Library's Microform collections contain the following types of materials:
Locations: the Library's Microform collections are located as appropriate in either a campus library’s microform collection, ADPML, SPC or low use storage depending upon the nature of the content.
Microform review and de-selection
Microform titles should be reviewed regularly for their continued relevance to the teaching, learning and research activities of the University (see Deselection (Weeding) Guidelines). Some microform content may also have been replaced by a digital version and therefore require a retention decision.
The review of microform titles for possible de-selection or transfer to CARM should be undertaken carefully and all recommendations for microform removal need to be referred to the Collection Advisory Group for consideration and approval.
Examples of the types of microform titles tham may be approved for removal include:
Examples of the types of microform titles that will be retained even if a digital equivalent version is available:
Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B