Deterioration of plastic film reels

Jean Hewlett (
Mon, 25 Mar 2002 14:39:07 -0800 (PST)

This isn't a video question, it's a microfilm question. But because it
involves preservation of the plastic reels on which the film is wound, I
thought perhaps somebody here might have some advice.

Two of our member libraries report that on some of their older
microfilm, the plastic reels are deteriorating and "crumbling away."
This problem seems only to be affecting the plastic reels on which the
microfilm is wound--the microfilm itself seems to be okay.

Has anyone else encountered this problem? If so, what have you done
about it?

Any suggestions will be most appreciated. Thanks!

Aplogies if this is too off-topic for the list. If anyone knows of
another list where it would be more appropriate, I'd appreciate the
address. I searched LibraryLit, but didn't find anything relevant.

Jean Hewlett
North Bay Cooperative Library System, Santa Rosa CA