The Messiah College library has two microfilm reader/printers that they want to give away to a member of the faculty. At the moment, I have an old fashioned manual microfilm reader in my study. It loads at the top, has a manual crank on the side, weighs a ton, takes up a lot of space, and reminds me of one of those instant replay booths that NFL referees shove their heads into when they review a controversial play.
I now have the possibility (assuming that one of my other colleagues has not already snatched it up) of getting a more modern electronic (is that the right word?) reader with a printer attached. One of the machines is pictured on the left. You can read about it here. I have room for the reader in my home office, but I worry about maintenance, etc….
Anyone with some experience on these machines?