Evaluation of 16 mm prints

Steve Fesenmaier (fesenms@wvlc.lib.wv.us)
Wed, 10 Apr 2002 06:44:06 -0700 (PDT)

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As a person who had to evaluate - weed - the last 16 mm film collection
created in the world - here in WV in 1976, I have a few tips -

1. Read my 1979 MLS thesis on SELECTION POLICIES - it has been posted at
Library Juice -
http://www.libr.org/rory/Fesenmaier.html.

2. Keep all of the 16 mm films which have importance for local history.

3. Keep all feature films so that you do NOT violate your contracts -as
Dennis Doros says.

4. Keep all prints which may be unique.

5. Create a print and on-line catalog of the remaining prints.

6. Watch the great doc on digital archiving INTO THE FUTURE by Terry
Sanders.

7. Read Nicholson Baker's book DOUBLE FOLD: LIBRARIES AND THE ASSULT ON
PAPER to understand how library staff invent diseases, etc. so that they
can destroy irreplacable items - like some 16 mm films.

16 mm will last a hundred years - why completely destroy the collection?
I personally weeded our state film library in 1996, sending to Surplus
Property all of the films - old educational ones - which were not
ESSENTIAL. We will have the features, etc. in a small area for the
indefinite future.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

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