Look at our microfilm from home

April 17th, 2008 by Gabe Harrell

Want to see a reel of microfilm from Special Collections but can’t make it during business hours? Thanks to equipment purchased with a grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents you can now request Remote Film Access and view the film on your home computer using a web browser like Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari.

In response to the increasing interest and need for digital access to microfilm, Hill Library purchased a Canon MS-800 and two ST-Imaging ST200 reader/scanners for the reading room. Using one of the three new machines, Special Collections patrons can view microfilm in the reading room where they have the option of saving scanned images from the reel to a USB drive, e-mailing the files to themselves, or printing the images.

LSU Special Collections was able to purchase an additional component, the Remote Film Access System, for one of the ST200 machines with the grant money. The remote access capabilities enable patrons who cannot visit the reading room to view film. Utilizing remote desktop software and a unique remote film access system created by ST-Imaging, Inc., Special Collections patrons are now able to view, scan, e-mail, and print from reels of microfilm in the comfort of their homes.

Individuals from around the state and the country who have used this LSU Libraries service are very pleased with the results. Special Collections provides the remote access service for a fee of $20 per session/reel. A session with one reel is offered from 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 a.m. (central time) Monday through Thursday, which is outside regular business hours to allow for in-house patron use of the machine.

Additional information about the service is available on the Special Collections website. Please contact Judy Bolton, Head of Special Collections Public Services or Gina Costello, Digital Services Librarian if you would like further details about Special Collections’ microfilm services for library patrons.

6 Responses to “Look at our microfilm from home”

  1. Linda Robbins says:

    What genealogical, historical maps, photographs are in your Special Collections’ microfilm reels? Can I view this online? I am located in Texas north of Fort Worth with ancestors from east and north Texas, Alabama, Florida, New York, and Massachusetts.

    Thank you for steering me in the right direction.

    Linda Robbins, Retired Public School Librarian
    May, 2007
    Northwest Independent School District
    Justin, Texas

  2. Tammy says:

    Is this something anyone can have access to? Thank you, Tammy

  3. gcoste1 says:

    Hi Tammy – yes, the remote microfilm service is available to anyone. Please contact Judy Bolton (info in post) if you would like to schedule a session. Thanks for your interest. – Gina Costello, Digital Services Librarian

  4. gcoste1 says:

    Linda – Thanks for your interest in our collections. Please check the LSU Libraries online catalog (http://www.lib.lsu.edu) or the Special Collections website (http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special) for information about our collections. We do have a considerable amount of our manuscript materials on microfilm, so we may have the information you are looking for. If you would like to submit a reference question, please go to our online “Ask a Librarian” form via the Special Collections website. Thanks, Gina Costello, Digital Services Librarian

  5. Elizabeth Thomas says:

    I am interested in using this information from home. The time and gas to drive to Baton Rouge would be more than the $20 fee. I will make sure this information is available to other genealogists at my local library.

  6. Sylvia Lail says:

    May I access the reader for anything in N.C.? Especially Iredell County. I would like to use the information from home on my computer. Thanks, Sylvia

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