In today’s digital age, why do you still need to microfilm your documents?
Microfilm still provides the most cost effective, and space saving method to preserve your permanent records. A lot has been promoted regarding electronic storage in the ‘cloud’; however, cloud storage is still vulnerable to power outages, electronic espionage and service provider rate hikes. And unless you have a plan in place for forward data migration, you may soon find that many of your old records may be unreadable due to application obsolescence (remember WordPerfect, Lotus Notes). While electronic storage is great for ease of use, search ability and access, it is the most costly method for preserving your permanent records.
Microfilm, when properly filmed, processed and preserved:
- 500 year document life span
- Provides a 90% reduction of storage space over paper documents.
- Is low-technology (All that is needed to read it is a light source and magnification)
Bottom line: microfilm is still the ideal option for your low-cost distaster recovery program.
The Arizona State Records Management Center provides a full service scanning and microfilm lab.
Our microfilming capabilities include:
- 16mm and 35mm filming to accommodate regular office and large/oversize documents
- Digital archive writing – convert your electronic documents directly to microfilm
- Microfilm scanning – convert your microfilmed documents to electronic files
- Microfilm duplication
- Onsite microfilm processing in our ISO18917-1999 compliant ‘wetlab’/darkroom facility
- Temperature and humidity controlled vault for secure storage of your microfilm
Our scanning capabilities include:
- High-speed bulk document scanning
- Digital sanning of oversized documents up to 3’ x 4’
- Digital scanning of microfilm, both 16mm and 35mm size rolls
- Optical Character Recognition (OCR) conversion
- Image and color correction
Please contact: the Preservation Imaging Manager, 602-926-3818 for a price quote with your microfilming and scanning needs.
Preservation Imaging Price List 2018 (pdf)