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EEEL FICEE: "An emerging technique in micro-
film offers time and space savings. A report
from consultants Howard A. Flcyd and W. Weds- UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
worth Wood describes a new storage technique: LIBRARIES
Reel Fidhe. Standard 4" by 6“ microfiche are
processed and left on the reel rather than July 6, 1373 No. 7
being cut into cards. The reel medium per- . _ . __ _
mits the use of thinner film stock, providing____~w ____
more footage and more images per reel. Coupled with this is a retrieval
system called MIRA (Microfilm Information Retrieval Automated).
The MIRA equipment holds a l200-foot reel of film. At a reduction
ratio of 48:1 this reel contains almost one—million images. To store
that much data would normally require 500 rolls of microfilm, or lO,205
microfiche. Keeping it all on one reel allows for faster retrieval and
better file integrity. Retrieval time for any image on the file is
15 seconds." (Modern Office Procedures, l8:24, June l973)
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Cataloging Librarian; to catalog materials in
the Social Sciences with an emphasis on economics and political science;
library degree from ALA accredited library school; undergraduate or
graduate degree in economics or political science; U.S. citizenship;
$8900+; send inquires and resumes to: W. David Laird, University
Librarian, University of Arizona Library, Tucson? Arizona 8572l.
‘PERSONNEL CHANQES: Appointments: Nancy Collins, classified, Law; Carol -
Smith, classified, Law; William P. Thurman} professional (staff attorney),
· Law; Mark Paster, classified, circulation; Clifford Black, classified,
l Administrative Services. w
POSITION OPENINGS: Map Dept., new classified, open about 7/l/73, see
Jim Minton; Biolggical Sciences, new professional, open 7/l/73, see
Bill Lee; Circulation, professional, open now, see Mr. gordon; Cataloging,
classified V, open 6/25/73, see Ms. E.V. Smith; Cataloging, classified III,
open now, see Ms. E.V. Smith.
EDITQBIAL: The era of being a cataloger, a reference librarian, etc. `
may well be drawing to a close. With ever decreasing budgets we are
much more likely to become librarians with a common cause. At ALA, the
idepressingly similar stories came from all across the country. Several
states and regions are now faced with a legislative dictum which requires
each academic library to confer with all other academic libraries in the
state, or otherwise defined region, and verify a particular item is not
held in the region before the library is allowed to purchase any book,
any microform, or any serial subscription costing more than a sperified
amount. In some areas, the specified amount is as high as $250, in others,
as low as $50. Some of the more notable cases of this are in the Cal-
ifornia university libraries, in the State of New Mexico, and in many
areas along the east coast. We at Kentucky have not had to resort to this
yet. But unless we are willing to practice a stern form of librarian-
ship we will inevitably find ourselves in a similar situation. Now is the
time to take the matter of book selection very seriously. Now is the time
to exercise responsible judgement, proving to state agencies and legis-
latures that we are competent in the actions we take.
None of this is to imply that our respective functions are not import-
ant. Of course, they are. It is simply tnat our function as librarians,
as reliable decision—makers, must take precedence as budgets dwindle and
as our accountability is drawn into question. (D.H.) `