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Steele's New Microfilm Scanner
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Scanner Demo by Owen Frank of Steele Memorial Library, Elmira NY
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New Microfilm Scanner at Steele Memorial Library in Elmira
Steele Memorial Library in Elmira has a new tool that promises to be helpful to researchers. It is a scanner, but instead of paper pages, it scans microfilm pages or sections thereof. You can then create a GIF or JPG image and email it to yourself. Or you can print it out at 25 c per page which is the same cost as the other microfilm readers. Emailing it to yourself is free. This includes the census microfilm, newspapers and all other materials presently available on film at Steele. It operates like any scanner that you may have at home, but the input media is different. It appears to me that the quality of the scanned image is better than just the printouts as you would get from the other microfilm readers. .

Here is part of a note from librarian, Stuart Finch. There is no charge to the public for using the scanner to send print and pictures electronically. However, our staff is responsible for setting up the scanner for use and making sure that its security is maintained.

The library staff will enable users to scan microfilm, including fiche if necessary, preview and size the image, save files to a gif format, and send them to an off-site computer. Users must carry a library card in good standing or show proper identification if they are just visiting.

The scanner computer also prints for 25 cents a copy.

Stop in at Steele and try it out. Remember, a staff member has to assist in getting you started.
Success ! Owen shows the scanned image on the computer screen from the newspaper film shown on reader at left. It only remains to email it. 

Published On Tri-Counties Site On 09/02/2003
By Joyce M. Tice
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