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Libraries & Archives2018-12-11T10:12:46+00:00

Newspaper Scanning & Microfilm Conversion for Libraries

Today’s libraries, archives and historical societies handle information on a wide variety of media formats with documents that are hundreds of years old. We have solutions and capabilities to handle bound and unbound books, newspapers, town records, electronic documents and more. For historical records on microfilm or microfiche, we offer unique solutions like Digital ReeL and the ScanPro Microfilm Scanner.

Preserve your books, reduce the amount of real estate space required to archive historical records and improve the way staff and patrons access historical information with a custom document management and retrieval solution from BMI.

Document Management Services for Libraries Include:

  • Paper: handwritten, small, legal, large, oversize formats, notebooks and historic books
  • Newspaper conversion to word searchable PDFs
  • Capabilities to handle sensitive, vulnerable information collections
  • Digital image output formats include PDF, PDF/A, JPG, TIFF and GIF
  • Full suite of digital imaging processing, indexing and data entry capabilities
  • Development of online databases for better information sharing
  • Innovative Digital ReeL solution provides affordable and practical solution for records on microfilm
  • Convert microfilm collections to a searchable digital format, including full-text search capabilities for historians and genealogists
  • Improve on-demand access to microfilm and microfiche collections with easy-to-use ScanPro equipment
  • Support for nearly any type of microform including microfilm (16/35mm roll film), 3M cartridge film and microfiche (jacketed, COM, aperture cards)
  • Digital image formats include PDF, PDF/A, JPG, TIFF and GIF
  • Digital image processing, indexing and data entry capabilities
  • Microfilming and archival preservation of records to microfilm
  • Newspaper duplicate conversion services
  • Replace, upgrade or add to an existing document management system
  • Historic record retrieval solutions
  • Patrons access information from walk-up-to workstations, using keywords and key phrases to find records
  • Avoid the risk of fire, water damage, break-ins, etc. with digital record copies that are backed up and stored at offsite locations, providing a means to recover valuable, historically relevant information in the event of a disaster.
  • Host second data copies for immediate online retrieval at BMI’s secure data center

CASE STUDY: BELMONT PUBLIC LIBRARY, MASSACHUSETTS

“I love being able to conduct research from my desktop. If someone asks for an obituary, I can quickly find the article, and send it via email. What used to be a lengthy process with microfilm is now a five-minute task using Digital ReeL.”

read more about Belmont’s newspaper digitization project

CASE STUDY: SUNNYVALE PUBLIC LIBRARY, CALIFORNIA

“We selected Digital ReeL because the staff time required was minimal and BMI helped point us in the right direction to resolve the issues that usually come up with a newspaper scanning project.”

read more about the Library’s newspaper microfilm scanning solution

WATSONVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, CALIFORNIA

“Watsonville selected Digital ReeL because it was priced competitively. It offers a simple, web-based interface that delivers online access to the historical newspaper archive, opening the information up to on-site and remote visitors like never before.”

read more about the Library’s historical newspaper microfilm scanning solution

CASE STUDY: NAPA COUNTY LIBRARY

“In the past, our newspaper microfilm archive was only available at our physical location. Since January (2016), we’ve averaged 45,000+ image requests per month and users are from all over the world.”

read more about the County’s library microfilm conversion solution

CASE STUDY: YUBA COUNTY LIBRARY, CALIFORNIA

Gina Zurakowski, Archives Librarian, explains, “We had microfilm for the Appeal-Democrat newspaper dating back to 1849. The archive is heavily used by local historians looking for Gold Rush information. Converting this microfilm archive to Digital ReeL has improved the image quality of the content and empowered users with full text search to find information in ways previously not possible.”

read more about the Yuba County Library microfilm conversion project

CASE STUDY: AZUSA CITY LIBRARY, CALIFORNIA

“We looked at multiple options for converting over 100 years of newspaper microfilm archives. Ultimately, Digital ReeL from BMI Imaging provided the best combination of online user-friendly access, price and proven expertise. BMI became a trusted partner in the effort to quickly digitize our unique one-of-a-kind collection.”

read more about the City Library’s newspaper microfilm digitization solution

CASE STUDY: SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY, SCHOLARWORKS, CALIFORNIA

“For a microfilm scanning project of this magnitude, a vendor needs to have the resources to creatively adapt to challenges that inevitably come up. BMI delivered.”

read more about the University’s newspaper microfilm digitization solution

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