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Attention – film inspector!

A sticker on the lid of a red film canister reads: help! each foot of scratched film costs 35 cents. Please wind carefully.

We recently found the following urgent calls for help while processing a 16mm film collection. The collection contains many educational and instructional films. One can only hope the cards reached sympathetic librarians and classroom teachers, and not distracted AV kids (you know who you are!)

Based on the good condition of these films, it looks like the caretakers heeded the advice and treated each print with the TLC they deserved.

 

A form for alerting film distributors if a film needs extra care.

This was by far the most frequent form uncovered in this collection.

 

A form for providing information on a specific film print.

Many of the forms contained blank fields for both librarians and film inspectors. Often, the tasks of collection development, care, and screenings, were performed by one person, who may or may not have been trained to handle film.

 

 

An inspection form for the Heartland Film Library

Collective “weeding” and collection management.

 

A notice requesting borrowers to rewind film.

We must admit: not all the films arrived without a fair share of tape splices.

 

A form provided for documentation of film damage.

Sometimes, you have to be explicit!

 

A card giving instructions on what to do if film breaks.

Note the enthusiastic question marks!!!! Below: the pink card in question.

 

A hand designed note card with blank lines for indicating film damage.

Yes — the film “reels” do look just like hamburgers.

 

A printed card with blank lines to indicate film damage.

Check out the progression from hand-penned to sleek computer graphics on this form.

 

A form for removing unwanted or unusable films from a collection.

More on collective management of the film collections.