I heart the Tennessee State Library & Archives 🙂
This week they announced on their blog the new availability of two microfilm scanners attached to computers to allow for digital capture. I was quite happy to hear the news because I have been wanting this for years now. The Nashville Public Library has two stations that I use from time to time, but I go to TSLA more than NPL for genealogy research. Besides, the TSLA has so many microfilm holdings just waiting to be explored and printouts cost .25cents/page. I’ve tried to capture images using my digital camera and my wand scanner, but neither has given me the kind of results I ideally desired.
The systems in place are the ScanPro2000 machines. They offer many features and the best way to get acquainted is to watch their YouTube video. Ultimately, you just need to know that this machine rocks! I kept telling the staff how pleased I was with it and how grateful I was to TSLA for having purchased them.
Here is my picture of the setup at TSLA
In the few hours I used it, I captured around 250 digital images of old newspaper issues. I was in heaven.
Since the installation is new, there are some features that are not enabled and I wonder if there are plans to? For example, I noticed that this machine allows remote microfilm viewing. With this feature, someone at TSLA could load microfilm and I could look at it and navigate it from home. I would pass out if they implemented this –give me access to a roll of microfilm that has a couple of hundred newspapers issues on it? Wow. Maybe they will get to that?
Better yet – maybe the North Carolina State Library should get one, enable remote viewing, and then I could get to all those newspapers I’ve been longing to get my hands on! Dick Eastman blogged about the machine last summer and by reading the comments I learned of several other libraries (including FHL in Salt Lake City) that have them, and even one that allows remote viewing overnight while their facility is closed.
I am still overjoyed. Thank you so much TSLA. You will definitely see me using these on a regular basis.