By: Michael Robinson Staff Reporter, Published on Tue Feb 02 2016 in The Toronto Star
Get ready to pass the soy sauce.
The University of Toronto Scarborough has ordered up a banquet of 10,000 Chinese restaurant menus and relevant tchotchkes.
The mother lode of menus was purchased for about $40,000 from Harley Spiller, a world-famous U.S. collector. Spiller said that while he didn’t invent the art of collecting menus, he has taken “it to a level few have gone before.”
Guinness World Records recognized the international collection in 2005 as the largest of its kind.
Peter 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.
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