With local history on microfilm that dated back to 1889, it was critical to preserve this information before the film deteriorated. Funded by a grant, the Library digitized its collection to ensure access to patrons well into the future.
Single Solution for Court Records & Marriage Licenses
With unique indexing requirements for both case numbers and marriage license book and pages, a single digital conversion solution that properly addressed both document types was a requirement for success.
When a project with a previous company proved unsuccessful, the Register of Deeds selected Digital ReeL as its way forward. With grayscale image enhancement capabilities, the physical microfilm records were finally put to rest.
After researching alternatives, Jackson Local Schools selected Digital ReeL because it was affordable and easy to implement. Record retrieval and image optimization are great, but the feeling of not having to use a broken reader printer? Priceless.
TIFF images were created and indexed for import into an existing system. Additionally, Digital ReeL was included as a means to optimize individual image quality and provide a backup disaster recovery dataset.
Lancaster County Assessor-Register of Deeds | Nebraska
Records Prior to 1987 Available in Digital Format
Land records prior to 1987 that were previously only available on physical microfilm are now available in the County’s Digital ReeL dataset. With the County’s exisiting system for records from 1987-present, patrons now have complete access to necessary data.
Landmark had a desire to digitally convert their historical records and import them into an existing system. The company had never embarked on a large-scale document conversion project and selected BMI due to our experience and secure facilities.
Livermore Community & Economic Development Department | California
Large Format Document & Fiche Scanning
The City selected Digital ReeL as its microfiche replacement solution for its ability to capture the entire fiche and maintain the existing indexing. Large format documents are also digitally available from the hosted application and are easily accessible by staff.
With 1,200 microfilm rolls of local history, the Library needed a portal to provide digital access for patrons. By choosing Digital ReeL, the Library now has a user-friendly interface that gets 45,000 image requests per month of local newspaper titles.
After evaluating 8 potential solutions, PHX PD selected Digital ReeL for its conversion accuracy, image quality, and cost effectiveness. With 5,500 rolls of microfilm to digitize, making the right choice the first time was critical for success.
Pitkin had plans to digitize 100+ years of recorded documents on books and microfilm, and Digital ReeL offered a solution at a reasonable price. In addition, not having to carry around 20lb books made the staff much happier!
Salinas had plan sets and permits on paper, microfiche, and in PDF format. BMI offered a comprehensive solution to scan the hard copy microfiche and paper, and import existing digital records into a single, easily searchable repository.
After reviewing digital microfilm samples, Skamania was able to view the image enhancement capabilities offered by Digital ReeL’s adjustable grayscale tool. Records that were almost unusable are now able to be optimized and utilized.
The Court worked with BMI to convert an enormous backlog of historical case files from microfilm and microfiche to digital. The hours spent locating records dropped to minutes, and the productivity and efficiency of the staff has increased.
San Jose State University ScholarWorks | California
Newspaper Conversion to PDFs
80 years of The Spartan Daily was only available as aging newsprint in physical books and on tattered microfilm. BMI helped the University digitally convert the archive into searchable PDFs, accessible on the Internet through the University’s website.
The County selected Digital ReeL due to its conversion accuracy and ability to redact SSNs from public view. The County also avoided significant IT infrastructure costs by hosting its information with BMI.
San Bernardino planned to convert and import their records into an existing system, but the sheer volume of images made IT deployment costs untenable. Digital ReeL was selected and now houses the records in a hosted CJIS environment.
Sunnyvale thought about doing their microfilm scanning in-house. After realizing the work involved, the Library partnered with BMI and leveraged their experience with other newspaper digitization projects. Now the Library provides two datasets of local history to its patrons.
Digital ReeL offers Watsonville a a simple, web-based interface that delivers online access to its historical newspaper archive, opening the information up to on-site and remote visitors like never before.
The Library worked with BMI to convert its newspaper microfilm to a digital platform. Digital ReeL improved the user experience by providing an intuitive interface for research. Additionally, staff involvement has drastically reduced, allowing them to focus on other projects.