1. C.   Acetate replacement

Key Indicator 6: Replacing acetate microfilm

Replacing unstable acetate microfilm with polyester film is one of the strategies which ANPlan libraries have been using to preserve access to their newspaper collections. In 2012/13, two libraries undertook the replacement of acetate master microfilm with polyester. These were the SLQ which replaced 124 reels (17 titles) and the SLNSW which replaced 1,078 reels (34 titles) which had recently been transferred from the University of New England. These titles are listed in Appendix H of this report. In 2013, the SLV conducted an audit of acetate masters finding that 5,795 reels of acetate masters remain. (This includes 402 acetate masters of newspaper titles from other states). A number of ANPlan libraries have now completed acetate duplication projects for their first generation newspaper microform collections or hold no acetate master microfilm. These are LTas, NLA, NTL and the SLSA.