BMI Imaging Exhibits At American Library Association Conference 2023, Chicago
BMI team visits Chicago for the 2023 American Library Association Conference
Sunnyvale, California – July 12, 2023
The American Library Association (ALA), “the world’s largest library event,” hosted thousands of librarians and staff, special guests, publishers, exhibitors, and more in the Windy City. Providing educational information about the library industry, hosting guest speakers and authors, and inviting exhibitors that can work with library professionals to improve their libraries, the ALA is the go-to library event each year.
BMI has been working with libraries, historical societies, and archives organizations for decades, and has been a consistent exhibitor at the ALA conferences. With decades of experience working with newsprint and archival records, being at the ALA conference was a simple decision.
Jake Walker, the Account Executive that works with the majority of BMI’s library clients, says that “working with libraries is unique. You might be chatting with one library that has 20,000 hard copy pages of newsprint they want microfilmed, then in the next minute talk with another that has 1,500 microfilm rolls they want to scan and put on their website. Turn around and someone else has a collection of photographs that require a whole different method of scanning, and you can see how this industry can keep you on your toes.
Working with libraries and librarians has been a great experience – helping them get their records to digital and giving them a simple way to provide the information to their patrons is very fulfilling, and it’s important to keep this local history alive.”
BMI Imaging Systems (originally Bay Microfilm Incorporated) incorporated in 1958 as a microfilm service bureau, working with County Recorders to archive land records on microfilm. In the early 1960s, services were expanded to include preservation microfilming of the rare books and manuscripts of leading California Universities. A Library Microfilms Division was also established, working with over 200 newspaper publishers to preserve California local history for libraries and archivists. A reputation for service, precision, and reliability led to steady expansion of BMI’s government, education, and commercial clients over the next two decades. By the early 1990’s, the records management industry had entered the digital age and BMI was at the forefront of this evolution. Clients were meeting their electronic document management needs by having BMI digitize their records, with BMI installing and supporting on-site document management software solutions.
Today, BMI’s production capability includes two imaging facilities with a staff of more than 60 technicians. With a focus on quality, accuracy, security, and innovation, BMI provides custom solutions that fit the unique requirements of each of its customers. In addition to providing document/microform imaging and indexing services of the highest standard, BMI offers public tenant, private tenant, and CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Services)-compliant community cloud hosting services, enabling secure access to client data via the Web. BMI also provides systems integration services, implementing turnkey document capture, management, and workflow solutions. BMI employs an in-house software development staff, a project management customer support staff, along with IT professionals that support internal and Web hosting operations.