For offering knowledge accessibility to all, the National Library of France decided to facilitate cultural heritage access to its audience. A recognized civic engagement but the public library sees its limits with the use of photocopiers: the old or bound books wore out quickly (face down, crushing) and you can’t see what is printed or scanned. It is clear that a image capture from the top is the most suitable technique. Thus, from 2009, the National Library of France becomes the first public institution in the world to equip themselves with eScan Open System book scanners, innovative scanning solutions developed by i2S respectful of all works, for replacing photocopiers.
In 2016 the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institute of Health and located in Bethesda, MD has begun digitizing most of its historical materials on a “Cobra” V-Cradle scanner purchased from the Ristech Company. The devices are manufactured by Microbox in Germany, and allows for books to be scanned with page size up to 18 x 24 inches at high resolution, in full color, in less than a second. The books rest safely in a 110 degree book cradle and an automated optical glass platen descends onto the pages prior to image capture. The Cobra scanner has two 71mp digital cameras mounted to capture the left and right side pages simultaneously and output them as full color TIFF images. Several books are digitized each day with the scanner. The images from the Cobras are then sent through docWorks® from CCS Content Conversion Specialists GmbH, a software product configured to capture metadata that enhances access to the contents of the scanned volumes. This project will continue for several years and the Library is in the process of purchasing a second Cobra from Ristech to increase production capacity.
Your patrons have albums full of photographs and boxes full of slides, but do you have a preservation strategy for them? If you want to let your customers' family photographs to last, here are five tips for ensuring their legacy:
ST Imaging is continuously updating their software to create the best microfilm scanning experience possible. Updates are always available for free from the ST Imaging website. Here is what is new in the latest release:
New Feature: Enhanced color balance for photo and color slide media.
New Feature: Simplified image settings dashboard and tools.