To Microfilm, or Not to Microfilm

Despite the acceleration of new technologies over the last couple of decades, if you ask archivists or records managers about best practices of long term preservation of records, they’ll still say microfilm is a solid choice. Much like paper (which has a life expectancy of thousands of years), microfilm can be stored for hundreds of…

Digital newspaper archive delivered to Carrizo Springs

By Angela Ossar, Government Information Analyst TSLAC’s Gilberto Herrera and Andy Puente recently returned from delivering the archive of the Carrizo Springs Javelin to their offices in Carrizo Springs, Texas, a town 117 miles southwest of San Antonio and roughly 45 miles from the Texas-Mexico border.  The Javelin employed TSLAC’s Imaging Services department to create…

Why do we still need microfilm?

By Jan Ferrari, Director of State and Local Records Management and State Records Administrator I love digitization! I have used digitization to share interesting or vital information online, and I recognize its importance in providing access to archival materials that would be damaged by handling. As a backup medium, it can be very useful as…