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USA Microfilm Horror Story

Discarded Microfilm Prompts Frustration

By Betsy Abraham
November 29, 2016

A group of Westbury residents have expressed frustration and disappointment with a recent decision by the Westbury Memorial Public Library to get rid of the library’s microfilm, which included microphotographs of The Westbury Times dating back to 1954.

 I thought it was awful,” said Allison Clonmel, who periodically used the film for genealogy projects. “We rely on the news media for information regarding our community and culture. To hear the film was gone, I couldn’t believe it.”

 Microfilm Library Director Cathleen Merenda said the decision to get rid of the microfilm and machine was a “multiple step process” that took a number of years to get to. She said that the resources were only used once or twice a year, and that the library checked with Anton Media Group to see if hard copies of the papers would be available for residents looking for information.

Anton Media Group Circulation Director Joy DiDonato said she did get a call from the library asking if hard copies of The Westbury Times were available, but that there was no mention of the library getting rid of the microfilm or machine. Papers dating back to 1957 are stored at the Mineola office and are available to the public; however, many of the older editions are in delicate condition and are not able to be scanned.

 Merenda said the microfilm machine at the library was old and that they were having trouble getting parts to have it repaired.

 That was part of the decision too, the machine was getting to the point that it was not usable,” Merenda said. “The board didn’t want to invest $10,000 in what was an antiquated technology. Once the machine was gone, that in combination with the film not being used, made the decision.”

 Merenda said they thought about storing the film in the historical society building, but there was inadequate space to store the metal cabinets. The library board of trustees approved the decision to get rid of the microfilm machine in the spring; but no discussion was had (or required by library policy) about discarding the film, which was discarded over the summer.

The library still has hard copies of the paper from 1937-80, which Merenda says they plan to keep. Residents can also still get microfilm sent to the library, however, they will have to take it to the East Meadow Library to use the microfilm machine there (which has been the practice since the Westbury library’s microfilm machine went out of use).

Denise Parillo, secretary of the Westbury Historical Society, found out about the deaccessioned microfilm when she was looking for an old copy of The Westbury Times to further her research for a historical society program.

 I’m furious. I think there has been a tremendous disrespect to the people of Westbury. A part of our history is irretrievable,” said Parillo, who voiced her frustration at a library board of trustees meeting. “I was told there were three file cabinets that contained the film and there was needed space for staff. There were other places in the library where staff members could have been.”

 Parillo said this was the first time she had went to use the microfilm, but working on the project gave her reason to believe she would use it more in the future. The historical society is now urging the board to digitize the copies they have, and if that is not a feasible option, to place the hard copies in a climate controlled room that will better preserve the old papers.

 The library looked into the cost of digitization five years ago, and it was an expensive process, said Merenda. Board president Kenneth Little said the board is open to exploring options on preserving the papers, but cost is a factor that will definitely be taken into consideration. Little also said the board will be “discussing preventative measures, so something like this doesn’t happen again.” ■

IDMi believes ....

  • The world still needs educating, regarding what can be done with legacy microfilm
  • Although some issues are available in print form – it’s not all of them
  • It is sacrilege to ‘throw out’ any form of film or printed matter (the Deputy Editors study is testament to that!)
  • There are organisations in the USA and around the world who will take hard copy and/or microfilm, digitise it FOR FREE then share revenue with the owner/custodian

If you would like to know more contact

Should We Be Worried?

Agfa-Gevaert press release ....
With reference to the recent media speculation, Agfa-Gevaert NV ("Agfa") announces that it has been approached by CompuGroup Medical SE ("CompuGroup") who has indicated an interest in a potential acquisition of all of the issued shares of Agfa by way of a voluntary conditional public takeover offer.

The Board of Directors of Agfa, together with its financial and legal advisors, will carefully evaluate CompuGroup's expression of interest, taking into account the interests of its shareholders and other stakeholders.

There is no certainty as to whether a public offer for all issued and outstanding shares of Agfa will materialize.

Further announcements will be made in due course, if and when circumstances so require. (End of message)


About Agfa
The Agfa-Gevaert Group develops, manufactures and distributes an extensive range of analogue and digital imaging systems and IT solutions, mainly for the printing industry and the healthcare sector, as well as for specific industrial applications.
Agfa's headquarters and parent company are located in Mortsel, Belgium. The Agfa-Gevaert Group achieved a turnover of 2,646 million euro in 2015.

IDMi COMMENT: Back in 2009, IDMi's John Baker foresaw the demise of another photographic giant, Kodak, which was illustrated in a more subtle manner than the above, by the inclusion of the giants first three letters 'KOD' in a cover illustration for IDMi.





Tens of millions of people don't have passcodes set on their Smartphones: Industry Comment
According to a new report, tens of millions of people don't have passcodes set on their Smartphones. The TransUnion® survey polled 1,263 consumers ages 18 and older about their experiences with and perceptions of cyber threats in anticipation of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. Despite increasing fear, nearly half of respondents don’t take common protective measures, such as locking their phone with a password (45 percent) and changing their passwords frequently (51 percent).

Comment from Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security

“The survey brings out some fascinating data, particularly that “despite the increasing fear, nearly 50 percent of the participants admit that they don’t take actions such as setting a password on their cell phones”, echoing the reality that, when it comes to mobile, convenience is king. Users do not want to have any friction between them and their device. Therefore, instead of continuing to be surprised by results like this, we should look for ways to meet the need for security in ways that don’t inject more friction.

The security industry, as a whole, typically is most comfortable requiring that customers conform to methodology. But, forcing users into a security paradigm is always going to be a risky proposition, especially in technological environments, where they will only want to interact with their devices in the ways they most prefer. Hackers and fraudsters benefit from this dynamic (at present) because it’s tilted in their favour. Single-point authentication methods, especially on mobile, unlock a wealth of vulnerable PII (personally identifiable information) that is a rich source of income for hackers when mined from phones and sold on the dark web. Until authentication methods no longer require this data, we can’t expect this economy to go away and the dynamic will continue.

Let’s imagine another scenario whereby authentication may require this data, but doesn’t rely solely upon it. Instead, identity verification is reliant upon a myriad of data points that form intricate web of complex, rich and real-time data that is impossible to spoof, mimic or replicate by nature of its interconnectivity and complexity. Friction dissolves in this scenario because the verification of the user is so accurate and ‘white-glove’ experiences can be offered to what we know to be the genuine human user. 

So, while we might continue to bemoan user stubbornness in up-taking basic security protocols against their own best interests, we can start to see that users’ natural behaviour can be the basis of the security method. Analysing sessions in terms who how users are behaving, how they typically behave, how other humans behave in this context, offers non-invasive pathways to stunningly accurate identification. 

We can stop enforcing security methodology and our tactical requirements on end users and start working with what they are offering -- natural behaviour and the ability to discern who they are from it. Currently, many major online retailers and banks are beginning to utilise this powerful passive biometric model. We anticipate that while usernames and passwords will always have some relevance, it will become less and less relevant for user authentication and verification in the future to come.”

Cybersecurity audit of the US Secret Service found unacceptable vulnerabilities
A cybersecurity audit of the US Secret Service found unacceptable vulnerabilities that leave the possibility of insider-threat activity and privacy violations.
According to this article, the Office of the Inspector General performed a cybersecurity audit after the Secret Service improperly accessed and disclosed information about Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which monitors U.S. Secret Service (USSS) operations. A number of weaknesses were found, including inadequate system security plans (SSP), systems with expired authorities to operate, inadequate access and audit controls, noncompliance with logical access requirements, inadequate privacy protections and over-retention of records.
Commenting on this, Stephen Gates, chief research intelligence analyst at NSFOCUS, said "Mandated by Congress, the role of United States Secret Service (USSS) is to protect our leaders, visiting dignitaries, and designated sites and events in the U.S. In addition, they’re tasked with safeguarding the nation’s critical financial infrastructure and payment systems. In other words, they’re responsible for protecting the “stability” of our nation.
Secrecy is in their name; however, that secrecy may be at risk due to the poor state of information security within their organisation that was recently exposed. According to reports, their latest cybersecurity audit points to numerous flaws in their approach to securing themselves, and our national interests. This situation highlights a serious lack of leadership and overall responsibility.
Being tasked with protecting our nation’s critical financial infrastructure and payment systems, how can we expect the nation’s financial organisations to clean up their own acts and harden their cyber defences when the agency who has oversight does not do the same. The USSS is also designated to protect our leaders and visiting dignitaries. Hackers and miscreants gaining inside information about USSS protection plans put out leaders and dignitaries at series risk as well. Being unsure what it’s going to take to clean up their internal operations, the first step they need to take is shoring up their cyber-defensive posture. Hackers gaining access to “secret” information within their organisation makes us all more vulnerable. An intelligent hybrid security strategy combined with global cyber-threat intelligence, cloud defences, and on-premises defence will reduce their risk; while they take steps to implement good policies and procedures to defend themselves and our national interests."

High-Quality Imaging technology from Agfa HealthCare is catalyst for new Direct Radiography contract with Vizient Supply, LLC
Complete portfolio of Agfa HealthCare Direct Radiography products including DR retrofits, DR mobiles and full DR rooms available on contract to Vizient members

• Contract accessible to the more than 362,000 acute care provider and non-acute care provider Vizient members.
• Vizient members can select from a comprehensive line of Agfa HealthCare Direct Radiography (DR) systems, all with award-winning MUSICA ® image processing software.
• Agfa HealthCare continues its long-standing relationship with Vizient with this new contract.

Agfa HealthCare has been awarded a new three-year group purchasing contract with Vizient Supply, LLC, a leading healthcare improvement company, to provide special pricing and terms on its entire product line of direct radiography (DR) products to Vizient's approximately 362,000 acute and non-acute care provider members.
Agfa HealthCare's full portfolio of DR products is included in the contract, along with the third generation of MUSICA advanced digital X-ray image processing software and the workstation. MUSICAtechnology provides consistent, high-quality results and virtually eliminates the need for post processing adjustments by the technologist or radiologist. The high image quality, when used with Cesium Iodide detector technology, also means up to a 60 percent dose reduction* for patients using Agfa HealthCare DR systems.
"We at Agfa HealthCare truly appreciate the opportunity to continue meeting Vizient member needs for Digital Radiography," said Jared K. Houk, Agfa HealthCare's North American VP of Imaging. "From our industry-leading MUSICA image processing software, which provides excellent image quality, while maintaining the potential to provide up to a 60 percent dose reduction*, to the efficiency gains in transitioning to DR, we are committed to and focused on working with Vizient's members to provide the best DR solutions that enable exceptional patient care."
Following is a list of DR systems and DR detectors available:
Agfa HealthCare DR Systems powered by MUSICA Image Processing:
DX-D Retrofit: A complete line of cost-effective and versatile DR upgrade solutions that extend the useful life of existing radiology systems. Available with wireless or tethered Cesium Iodide (CsI) or Gadolinium Oxy-Sulphide (GOS) detectors.
DX-D 100+: Wireless portable DR systems with FreeView Technology for better maneuverability and ease of use in crowded critical care areas.
DR 400: Flexible and affordable floor-mounted DR system that meets the high- quality image standards of high throughput imaging departments.
DR 600: The DR 600 is a fully automated ceiling-mounted X-ray system with ZeroForce technology, which enables easy manual movements. Optional EasyStitch full leg and full spine imaging is available.
DX-D 300: Fully automated, versatile U-Arm DR system with high productivity and a compact design. Optional EasyStitch full leg and full spine imaging is available.
Effective October 1, 2016 for an initial three year term, automatically renewing for two additional one year terms, this contract is the latest in a long-term relationship with Vizient. Agfa HealthCare also has contracts with Vizient for Image management and Enterprise Imaging, Computed Radiography, and diagnostic printing and medical film products.

*Testing by Agfa HealthCare with board-certified Radiologists has determined that Cesium Bromide (CR) and Cesium Iodide (DR) Detectors when used with MUSICA processing can provide dose reductions between 50 to 60 percent when compared to traditional Barium Fluoro-Bromide CR systems. Contact Agfa HealthCare for more details.


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