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Microform moves July 2012 at KU Libraries

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

This summer, during the period July 16-27, KU Libraries will consolidate the Watson and Anschutz microforms collections, including microfilm, microfiche, micro cards and micro opaques, and centralize them in Anschutz Library, Level 1 North, with the move to be completed by August 1.

With these moves and related efforts, we hope to provide:

Better support for patrons. By consolidating our microforms collection, we will create one point of service, enabling our staff in Anschutz to develop deeper knowledge of the equipment and resources, in order to serve users better.

Better equipment and maintenance. The Libraries will purchase two new state-of-the-art microform reader/printers,which will read all microform formats and allow users to save PDFs to flashdrives, email them, and print, along with a range of other functions.  The new equipment will be installed in Anschutz 1North prior to July 1st

Access to collections. Access to microformat collections will be enhanced by the acquisition of bibliographic records for a number of series previously held, but currently without catalog records, including microforms covering Spanish, French, English and American drama, French revolutionary pamphlets, and other topics.  A collection of print indexing sources will be gathered and located near the collection to aid users.

Increased user space in Watson level 4. Watson Library is in need of more study spaces for the growing population of students who see the library as a valuable asset in their pursuit of scholarly achievement. Consolidation of the collections will help us achieve this goal.

Scholars who need access to Watson microforms between July 16 and August 1 should contact Librarian Sara Morris (, 785-864-8907) for assistance. Although the material will be inaccessible during the two week move, individual items can be requested during the move process. We hope this request process will minimize disruptions for those who need access to these valuable resources.

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