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.
Robb Richardson was presented the Modern Library Award for Gold distinction for the Book2net Kiosk II Book Scanner with Integrated 71MP at the ALA Midwinter 2016.
The award was based on judging by librarians who use the Kiosk II. This year's program featured over 50 products submitted by 42 companies.
Judges were asked a series of questions regarding the quality, functionality, value, customer service experience, and overall satisfaction with the Kiosk II. Votes were tallied and averages calculated with great results!
71 Megapixel Cameras for Book Scanning, Industrial Inspection & Surveillance Applications
Written by Pieter Willems, CMOSIS and Stephan Welp, Microbox - December 9, 2015 Published by New-Tech Europe Digitizing analog documents, books and works of art has developed into a broad-based professional activity with the aim of saving and preserving our cultural heritage and making it accessible to research and reference for generations to come. The proliferation of digital image processing and enhancement techniques along with the development of high-resolution and color-stabilized cameras, the proper storage and distribution media has brought professional digitization systems into the mainstream of technology evolution, not as present as entertainment media but an equally important technology.
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.
Try the book2net KIOSK II with the new 71 Megapixel CMOS Sensor, more speed, more resolution and more quality.
Since its successful launch, the book2net kiosk had a significant impact on the international market and set new stand-ards regarding the expectations on a modern book scanner.
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Meanwhile, the book2net kiosk has gained a significant market share. Users appreciate the book2net durability and high reliability. In particular, the innovative matrix-sensor technology has convinced many users due to the exceptional picture quality and extremely high productivity. book2net kiosk demonstrates its high efficiency not only in the reading room, but also in digitization projects.
With the Xplore 71 MP CMOS Camera, new standards are being set in the field of camera technology. The innovative development of the CMOS-technology now allows extremely high resolving shots at high quality and easy handling. The robust, high-class camera allows the unrestricted use of all branded objectives with various focal distances and mounts. Work and cost-intensive wearing problems caused by mechanical parts are history now. Experience the advantages of our superior technology which can be used in different application areas.
Ristech is excited to announce that we are now offering the LuraTech PDF Compressor software technology that can benefit your operation of providing Cultural Heritage content easily via the internet to your patrons.
The PDF Compressor is the professional solution for high quality, process-oriented conversion and compression. It is flexible, scalable, and designed for processing very large files to a manageable size for network delivery. This solution can be configured for any size project you have!
The software’s outstanding compression reduces large files significantly and delivers outstanding image quality in one of several PDF/A formats that are ISO-compliant designed for long-term archiving. The LuraTech PDF Compressor turns all your image and data files – whether scanned or born digital – into a single unifying file format.
The award-winning mixed raster content (MRC) layer-based compression technology processes high-resolution black-and-white, grayscale, and color images or scanned documents, with compression ratios of 100:1 or better. Outstanding image quality and crisp text legibility are preserved, while storage costs and bandwidth requirements for transfer are drastically reduced.
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This industry solution can be used for projects of all sizes and can be purchased as a license for recurring use or one-project use starting at 50,000 pages a year to hundreds of millions pages a month. The PDF Compressor is used in many industries, including scanning services, libraries, government agencies, cultural heritage and archives.
University of Illinois Equips Libraries with Spirit!
Known for educating public servants and leaders, the University of Illinois is truly a World Class Leader in its own right. Ristech is very proud to have been selected to supply the University Library with the latest in public use book scanning technology.
The Spirit Book Scanner utilizes leading edge technology to provide high quality scans for patrons. The Spirit is a face-up device which enables images to be captured from rare and fragile works safely and easily without risk of damaging the material.
Several Spirits have been deployed throughout their Libraries for public use with both basic and advanced software.