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We partner with libraries to provide cutting-edge digital imaging equipment – including flatbed and book scanners – to digitize, preserve, archive and share your special collections. 

Here are 5 reasons why this is so important:

1. Special collections include fragile, rare, valuable and irreplaceable items such as books, manuscripts, records, newspapers, photos and more. Digitizing these items ensures that they will be preserved for future generations.

2. Preservation reduces replacement costs of old materials, enabling your library to focus on acquiring new materials.

3. Unique collections – made available to researchers across the globe – distinguish your institution from other libraries and increase your visibility.

4. The digitization of these materials is a crucial step in chronicling history and protecting cultural heritage.

5. Digital versions of your archives help your library reach a new audience by improving equity and access to information, and fostering community engagement.

While you may already be well-versed in digitizing your library’s special collections, selecting the right equipment to handle your materials can be very overwhelming. With our extensive product offerings and depth of expertise, we are able to recommend the best equipment for each unique library. We are fortunate to work with numerous academic, public and special libraries throughout North America. Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can be of any assistance to you!

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Which types of scanners work best for libraries?

When choosing a scanner for your library that will be used by the general public, students, and library staff, you need a scanner that will give you the most benefits for the lowest cost. So should you get an overhead book scanner or a flatbed scanner? Ideally, your library could purchase both types of scanners. A less expensive flatbed scanner would be sufficient for most libraries that are only scanning simple documents, and the more expensive overhead book scanner would be good for scanning most types of books. If you can only afford one scanner though, you will need to consider the different types of documents your library will be scanning the most. If your library will be mostly scanning books with fragile spines, the book scanners are the way to go. Yet be aware that keeping the book open at 180 degrees can cause a lot of wear and tear on the spine. Also, you must consider the user-friendly features of each scanner. Generally, most people are more familiar with flatbed scanners, which makes them more popular among the general public. Plus, flatbed scanners typically scan at a faster rate than most overhead book scanners. Yet with a little demonstration, anyone can learn to operate an overhead book scanner. Ultimately, the type of scanner you purchase comes down to who will be using the scanner and what types of documents you need scanned.

What maintenance is required for the scanners?

Proper maintenance will help prevent any issues or problems with the scanner. If you are experiencing any hardware issues, cleaning the scanner can help resolve those problems. Calibrations can also resolve issues. If the problems persist even after maintenance and cleaning, we advise you to call us for assistance.

Why go digital?

The primary challenge of original historical documents is degradation due to handling and usage. The main goal of preserving the documents digitally is to be able to share them while preserving the complete version for future generations. Copies can be made, distributed, and replaced when necessary. Archives, including Special Collections, should be maintained in multiple locations.

What are interlibrary loans?

Interlibrary loans can serve a bigger purpose than just a temporary exchange of information and materials. If a larger library has large scanning equipment, and a smaller library has important historical documents that the larger library does not have, the smaller library can request to send the information to the larger library in order for that information to be copied and preserved. In this way, libraries are working together to help preserve historical information for generations to come.