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Saturday, July 27, 2013


The 1980's: Personal computers were only beginning to achieve the ability to produce high quality digital reproductions. Many libraries didn't have space to accommodate these huge volumes. Along came what the libraries thought was the perfect answer: MICROFORMS AND MICROFILM. Paper recycling folks were delighted to turn these historic newspapers into new recycled paper and many libraries were equally delighted to gain the space and replace it with a microfilm reader, never realizing that constant speeding of the film through the reader resulted in vertical scratches, and poor reproduction. Fortunately, these treasures escaped the recycle bin and repose in the Hamilton Township Public Library where articles and photos in the millions of pages can be digitized, dated, sourced, and best of all, many times computer technology can improve on the quality of the original.

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