Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hendricks County Library Adds Microfilm Viewer/Digital Scanner

The Danville Public Library's Indiana Room is now the home of a ST ViewScan Digital Film Viewer/Scanner (pictured with Janet Woodrum, the library's Adult Department Manager). This state-of-the-art equipment allows you to view images from microfilm and print them on either letter or legal size paper. You can also digitize these images and save them to your flash drive. A 23-inch monitor makes viewing much easier and there are also options to allow you to adjust the size and quality of the image before printing it.

The Danville Public Library received an $8,545 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to purchase the viewer. The project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act and administered by the Indiana State Library. Additional funds to cover the new computer and printer came from donations to the Indiana Room's gift fund.

The library's previous microfilm reader is going to a new home — the Indiana School for the Deaf (ISD). There it will be used by Indiana Deaf Heritage, Inc., which collaborates with ISD to preserve the school's archives and the Indiana Deaf History Museum. They will use the microfilm reader to research the school's history and the history of the Deaf Community in Indiana for the development of future museum exhibits.

If you would like to learn more about the Danville Public Library's new microfilm viewer/scanner, please contact the Indiana Room for an appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, call the library at (317) 745-2604 or e-mail them at dplind@dplindiana.org.

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