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New Microforms Scanner debuts at Library

Following months of heated anticipation, the Library is proud to announce the installation of its new microfilm reader and scanner.

ST ViewScan III is one of the most advanced microfilm scanners available today and brings the Library’s considerable microforms collections (microfilm, microfiche, and ultrafiche) into the digital era. The machine allows users to crop and save only the sections of a document they want as well as clean up any scratches that may be present on the film. Users have the option to print, email, or save their work to a flash drive.

While the machine will likely get its heaviest use from our InterLibrary Loan department in fulfilling requests for articles on microfilm, all Library researchers are welcome to use it. ViewScan is loaded with several video tutorials to get you started, and the Library staff and student assistants can also assist you.

So if you’ve always wanted to wade into the exciting world of microforms research, your time has come!

Library microforms reader gets a tune-up

Although it may come as a surprise to most of our users, the Library still holds more than 700,000 microforms. The microforms collection includes archives of many journals and special sets, such as Evans Early American Imprints, Library of American Civilization, The New York Times (1857-2002), and Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) documents.

Library researchers in need of these materials will be glad to learn that the Library has given the microforms reader (located near the exhibition area on the first floor) a tune-up to make it easier to use. We have also installed Adobe software so that scanned images can be converted to PDF and added step-by-step instructions to help first-time users.

Whether you are a regular microforms researcher (Divinity faculty and students dominate microforms use) or Luddite hobbyist, we invite you to try out the improved and enhanced microforms reader.