The IHRC will temporarily stop accepting microfilm duplications orders as of Aug. 15, 2012, so that a new quality vendor can be located and ordering processes can be restructured.
Film-It, the IHRC's long-time partner in providing high-quality, low-cost microfilm duplication for patrons, will cease accepting orders in fall 2012. We are grateful to Ted and Mary Ringberg for their decades of service to IHRC and the University of Minnesota, enabling scholars and institutions around the world to procure IHRC microfilm.
IHRC staff have begun updating microfilm records so that a simplified ordering process can be designed. Work on updating IHRC records will continue during the fall of 2012.
Vendors seeking to submit information about their services may correspond with Haven Hawley, program director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The IHRC plans to consult with the University of Minnesota Libraries regarding vendor processes and selection so that procedures can be coordinated with those of other Archives and Special Collections units.
St. Catherine's MLIS student intern Mia Overly is working with Reference Librarian Sara Wakefield during the summer of 2012 to verify all microfilm holdings, including master copies necessary to reproduce volumes for patrons.
The project to convert all IHRC holdings information about microfilm into an electronic database will allow staff to make available online more accurate information about microfilm for purchase, for inter-library loan or for on-site only use.
IHRC's extensive microfilm collection will continue to be accessible in its entirety during the data conversion and search for a new vendor.