- Google -- Okay, Google wasn't there as a digitization vendor, but given their impact on the industry, it is important to note that they were present. They did have handouts about Google Book Search, one of which talked about the impact on libraries and librarians.
- "We see our role as complementary to libraries and librarians. Our aim is to help people search and discover all the world's books." Then they talk about helping people find both digitized and non-digitized books.
- What's in it for Google? "...we hope to provide a better, more comprehensive and useful experience for Google users around the world."
- Backstage Library Works -- I talked to the booth staff about how the work with organizations and found that they will come on-site if necessary and will either bring all the staff with them that they need or high (and train) some of the operators locally. So they are very flexible in how they will work with a customer. We also talked about the fact that they are doing more projects outside of the U.S. (The places I remember hearing were all in Europe.)
- S-T Imaging and eImageData both exhibited microform scanners that can be used by patrons (not just by professional staff). There are several difference between how the machine operates with one of the noticeable ones being that the ST200 (by S-T Imaging) does not place microfilm between glass, while the ScanPro 1000 does (eImageData). S-T Imaging reports that by eliminating the glass, it has eliminated the thing that often scratches microfilm. It would be nice to see a side-by-side comparison of the two machines (with software) in order to really see the differences.
- Indus USA has their 5002C which is an overhead book scanner. Their Walk-up Kiosk System has "touch screen technology for easy use by library patrons who intend to scan or copy pages from bound books or periodicals. It allows patrons to save scanned images to a network drive, USB flash drive, print to a printer or send via e-mail, all with the software used with the touch screen monitor." (From their literature) As I saw, these features are being built into several systems geared towards end-users/patrons.
- Digital Library Systems Group / Image Access -- They had two scanners in their booth! One was the Knowledge Image Center (KIC) for use by patrons. (This scanner looked very similar to the one by Indus USA.) The other machine they had was the Bookeye 2 which is meant to support interlibrary loan in a library. They did not have in their booth the Bookeye 3, which is a more high-end scanner for digitization projects. Like the others, it is also an overhead scanner, but had different features that would make it more appropriate for a digitization project.
- nextScan -- I must admit that I stopped by the nextScan booth at the end of the day, when everyone was leaving the exhibit hall. So I picked up their literature, but didn't talk to anyone. nextScan provides equipment for fiche and film scanning. Their products are all production machines and are not meant for end-users. For example, the flexScan can scan rollfilm up to 240 pages per minute or microfiche up to 125 images per minute.
- Long established libraries often have many microforms, so these production machines can be quite useful for those institutions that can copyright clear their microforms for digitization.
- William S. Hein & Co. -- many people know W.S. Hein as a publisher, but they also do digitization. They provide consulting, production, hosting access/control and preservation services. Their production facility includes a Kirtas APT Bookscan 1200.
- Northern Micrographics -- Northern Micrographics will digitize and process materials on your behalf. My notes tell me that nothing significant had occurred with this company since I saw them a year ago.
- Digitization vendors at the SLA conference, part 1
- Digitization vendors at the SLA conference, part 2
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