New ScannerPeter Lee, Record staff Librarian Karen Ball-Pyatt tests the Kitchener Public Library's new scanner, which is able to digitize large items and fragile items like city directories, ancestral diaries and historic newspapers.
KITCHENER — A new book scanner at the Kitchener Public Library will help preserve heritage documents while making them more accessible. The Grace Schmidt local history room installed the new gadget a few months ago to digitize fragile city and county directories.
"It can be used for photographs, maps, anything that is oversized," said Karen Ball-Pyatt, a local history librarian.
"Anything that is too fragile to take down and look through," she added, noting that many of the library's city directories are that delicate.
"It's a great boon to genealogical and heritage researchers."
The scanner won't be available for public use until the digitization project is complete. Ball-Pyatt is expecting that to happen by spring.