We have a local company that has an impressive list of clients.
BackStage Library Works. http://www.bslw.com/
James Gilbert, BS, MLIS
Whitehall Township Public Library
3700 Mechanicsville Road
Whitehall, PA 18052
610-432-4339 ext: 203
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Matt Sherman
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 11:43 AM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Good Tools for Microfilm Scanning
Thanks for the info John, Jim, and Art.
As a follow up to the list, does anyone know of any scanner rental services? Or a decent service to do the digitization work for a reasonable price? I need to provide all the options to my boss and sadly this information is a real pain to sort through via web searches.
On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 12:06 PM, Art Rhyno. <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Matt,
> If you are pressed for funds, you can do a lot with a standard camera,
> a light table, and a macro lens. We have a set of about 15 reels of
> 19th century local newspapers where the microfilm was produced in the
> 1950s and they were sent back by a commercial scanner as being
> "unworkable". There's a sample here  of what we can get from the
> camera, and a video of the process . These papers are still a
> challenge but I think the camera itself fares well. I borrowed a $600
> macro lens from a friend to compare it to the much cheaper Raynox
> macro lens ($60 or so), and I found that it didn't make any
> difference. For that matter, a $7 magnifying glass did the same thing but it would drive you crazy trying to keep things in focus.
> I suspect a mirrorless camera would be the way to go for high volumes,
> many cameras have a "preview" function that has slightly less overhead
> than a regular camera shot, but the mirrors inside cameras are held by
> fairly flimsy plastic and are probably a weak point. Where this
> approach might have the greatest advantage is with microfiche, a
> format that does not tend to respond well to scanning methods. Ping me
> if you are interested in this kind of setup, it's definitely not
> something that could be put out for the public to use without a lot of
> refinement, but you can probably assemble the pieces for less than $1000, excluding a machine to run the process.
> 1. http://ink.ourdigitalworld.org/sample.jpg
> 2. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-PK1n92dlzwaXVFVjNuM3hXc2c
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> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Matt Sherman
> Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:43 AM
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> Subject: [CODE4LIB] Good Tools for Microfilm Scanning
> Hi all,
> Does anyone on the list have much experience with microfilm scanning?
> We have some old student newspapers and dissertations that we want to
> get into a digital format and while I do have a lot of expreience with
> photos, text, negatives, and large format media, I have not done
> microfilm. As such I am wondering if there is a good tool or set of
> tools to use when scanning microfilm? Either tools to scan with a
> standard bed-scanner or some kind of microfilm scanner? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> Matt Sherman