How to read yesterdays news


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A slideshow on how to use the Microfilm machine at the library.

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  • This is the Microfilm Reader. This is the power switch to turn the Reader on and off.
  • Here are the parts of the supply spool.
  • Here is how to feed the Microfilm through the film chute and to the take-up reel.
  • Here is a closer look at take-up reel and how to focus the film on the screen.
  • These are digital buttons for advancing and rewinding the film.
  • These are various wheels to use to focus, zoom and orient the film on the screen.
  • How to read yesterdays news

    1. 1. A Tech Tools Project by Sara Denhart
    2. 2. A film on which printed materials are photographed for the ease of storage. Microfilm has a life expectancy of up to 500 years.
    3. 3.  Common printed materials found on Microfilm are: Back issues or archival copies of newspapers The Federal Census from 1790 to 1930 (the Census for 1940 will be released to the public on April 2) Municipal records Marriage applications Birth records Death records Church records of baptisms, marriages and death Military pensioner records, service records and draft cards Other historical and genealogical records.
    4. 4.  Locate the Microfilm reel, you would like to view on the open Microfilm Reader At the Scott County Public Library, all of the Microfilm the library offers is in this cabinet, located next to the Microfilm Reader The Microfilm cabinet and reader are located near the circulation desk in the local genealogical section.
    5. 5.  Use the corresponding labels on the cabinet to navigate through the drawers to find what you are looking for. The library offers federal Census data from the county and from other heritage-related states, like Virginia and West Virginia. Once you have figured out what you records you would like to review, then open the drawer to locate a specific reel to see.
    6. 6.  Select a box, which is labeled on the outside what is on the reel, to review. Sit down at the Microfilm Reader. Turn on the Microfilm Reader. • The power button is located on the right hand side of the machine Pull the equipment under the screen toward you to begin the feeding process.
    7. 7.  Open the Microfilm reel box and remove the film reel. Take the Microfilm reel and place it in the correct direction The direction is noted on the supply diagram located on the machine near the supply reel. The supply is the far left of the machine and the take-up is on the far right. Use the hole in the center of the reel and push it into the supply spool until it locks into place.
    8. 8. Film fed as diagram specified Supply spool Microfilm reelSupply reel knob
    9. 9.  Pull the film from the supply reel and feed it under the white guide. Then, feed the film through the glass film chute by pulling it forward and guide the film through it to the take-up spool. Continue to thread the film through the chute, under the other white guide near the take-up and to the take-up spool.
    10. 10. Take-up reeland spool area White guide by take-up Microfilm Film chute White guide
    11. 11.  Insert end of film into the take-up reel, so the film can wrap around the reel via the movement of the spool. To move the spool forward, use the take- up reel knob clockwise. • This will tighten the film around the take-up reel. • The take-up reel should not be removed. After tightening the film to the take-up reel, push the equipment back to lens, so the film can be viewed on the screen.
    12. 12. Take-up reel knob LensPush the handle toward lens.
    13. 13.  Use the digital tuning buttons to move the film backward and forward quickly. To move the film slowly, use the tuning knobs at each end of the reels. After moving the film forward to an image to view, use the focus, orientation, and zoom rings. • They are located on the outside of the lens to see the image clearly and in best condition for printing, if necessary.
    14. 14. Fast Fast Rewind Forward forwardrewind
    15. 15. Orientation ringFocus ring Lens Zoom ring