At the World Library and Information Congress, I was impressed with the number of digitization hardware vendors in the exhibit hall. Among them were: (this list may not be complete)
- Atiz Innovation, Inc. (added 09/23/2016)
- Crowley Company
- Digital Transitions Division of Cultural Heritage
- e-ImageData Corp.
- Image Access (DLSG)
- Qidenus Technologies GmbH (added 09/23/2016)
- Ristech - Which owns Kirtas and i2S DigiBook
- Scannx, Inc. (added 09/23/2016)
- SMA Electronic Document GmbH
- ST Imaging
- Treventus (added 09/23/2016)
- Zeutschel GmbH
In talking with a representative from one of the companies, we went over some of the acquisitions that have happened in the industry. We also talked about where in the world the big scanners are being sold. Not every institution can afford these large, expensive equipment but some institutions can put together programs that are large enough and funded well enough to afford a piece of equipment that costs over $100,000 (U.S.).
One positive that has happened over the years is that the technology is less expensive - more affordable - equipment has improved. Look, for example, at the microfilm readers that are also scanners. Look at the equipment meant for end-users (library users) which many institutions have been able to purchase. Yes, even look at the equipment that many of us have at home. While these printer-scanners are not what a large digitization program would use, they put an ability into our hands that can be used to digitize materials and share them on a personal level.
Yes, this was an amazing opportunity for the librarians at WLIC and I hope some took the time to look, talk, ask for a demo, or obtain information to take back home. Seeing this variety of hardware in one spot may not happen soon.
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