If you think that the days of microfilm are over, you’re gravely mistaken. There are still a number of older records that haven’t been digitized yet. Every week we have people coming in to use these machines for research including tracing family histories.
The new microfilm readers come with new technology that make them more convenient for people to use and Daniel Boone Regional Library now has two new units you can use. The technology of these modern-day machines has improved with the times. Both the Columbia and Callaway County Public Libraries boast new microfilm machines that scan articles, images, full newspapers and census pages to your USB drive. There’s also a cropping tool and other features built in that make them very useful to a researcher. Anyone can use the microfilm machines and don’t have to have a library card to do so.
The two new microfilm machines were purchased with a $14,467 Technology Mini Grant awarded through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.