Hi David,


We were getting the Amherst Daily and the Citizen Record microfilmed and had a standing order with other universities to sell them copies of these two papers in film. Unfortunately, our microfilming agent cancelled their services and we haven’t been able to find any others to microfilm for us so we’ve had to cancel our standing orders for these papers.


We were also notified by the Chronicle Herald. We also had a subscription to the paper format of L’Étoile and are now told that this paper will cease paper delivery, but they have no ability to provide a proxy connection to their paper for institutions such as ours.


This whole lack of access whether microfilming or digital access is very frustrating and is definitely a concern for us. If anyone does know of a company that will microfilm, I’d also be very happy to hear about this.


Thank you,

Anne LePage, MMus, MLIS

Technical Services Librarian

Mount Allison University

49 York Street

Sackville, NB E4L 1C6

(506) 364-2691


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Hi Everyone,


We have been told that we will no longer receive microfilm of the Chronicle Herald (Provincial) edition, which effectively means our microfilm newspaper collection is now closed.


From a preservation and access perspective, this development is concerning.  I realize that these newspapers are available in digital format, but I also know that the databases are not complete.  In the past, I have had to call our database provider and inform them that they were missing pages of a newspaper.  Also, what happens if the database is inaccessible?


The other problem with relying on databases is that pictures and ads are generally not included and we often get asked for these.


So, my question is: Are any libraries planning on contracting with someone to microfilm newspapers, particularly the Chronicle Herald? 


I would also welcome any comments on this topic.  Am I too old-fashioned?  Is this a concern for you?





David McDonald

Legislative Librarian

Nova Scotia Legislative Library

P.O. Box 396

Halifax, NS

B3J 2P8


Phone: (902) 424-5658

Cell:  (902) 222-4445

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