Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Wayback Wednesday: Digitizations systems geared for patrons/users

Cafe au lait and Beignets at Cafe du MondeI just answered a question about this and, since I had to dig through old blog posts for part of the answer, this seems like a good topic for a Wayback Wednesday.

I have blog posts in 2005 and 2007 that talk about digitization kiosks for patrons.  These kiosks allow for the digitization of microforms or hardcopy materials. The kiosks may allow for the images to be printed as well as saved to disc/USB drive or even emailed.  This means that the equipment is to replace conventional microform readers as well as other copiers.

More companies are now offering kiosks.  Last fall, I saw a kiosk that is sold by the DRS Group, who is offering the book2net products.  Other companies that have products in this space include (and are not limited to):
While you could create your own DIY system for your patrons, you may be better off purchasing a system that comes with support and a user-base.  It is up to you to decide which way to go.  Yes, some of the prices may seem high, which means you'll need to think about how much the equipment will be used (cost/use), etc.

Given the number of companies in this space it is likely that (1) you can view a system at regional/national library conference and (2) someone in your region has one that could be demoed for you.

Want to dig into the archives yourself?  Use the "popular labels" on the right side of the blog OR use your favorite Internet search engine to search this site (e.g, plus whatever terms are relevant to you).

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