[Libs-Or] Looking to purchase a microfilm scanner

Buzzy Nielsen buzzy at hoodriverlibrary.org
Fri Jul 13 12:11:01 PDT 2012

We also recently purchased a ScanPro 2000 from Linco. It completely 
replaced our conventional reader. I pretty much agree with Charles's 
assessment, although we haven't experienced the lag in the monitor 
catching up. The software interface is clunky but customizable.

On another note, even if you factor in the space for the computer 
terminal, it has a much smaller physical footprint than our last reader. 
Since it's connected to a computer terminal, it can also theoretically 
be set to print to any printer on your network. The ability to save 
snapshots of the pages directly as PDFs or JPGs has also been really 
helpful when responding to email obituary inquiries, as we don't have to 
mail or scan anything.

Buzzy Nielsen

Library Director
Hood River County Library District
502 State St
Hood River, OR 97031

On 07/11/2012 03:22 PM, Dunham, Charles wrote:
> Here is a brief review of our recently-purchased ScanPro 2000, which 
> we purchased from Linco without a service contract.
> Reels that were nearly unreadable on a conventional reader look crisp 
> on the ScanPro. It's also nice to be able to scan directly to pdf; 
> we've started responding to obituary requests with email attachments. 
> It's slightly easier to load film on to it than with a conventional 
> reader, but the software interface could be better; I'll hazard that 
> it takes most new users about 10 minutes to come to grips with it. One 
> challenge is that fine horizontal film movement is controlled by 
> dragging a bar on the computer screen, but vertical movement requires 
> a push or pull on the slide tray. Also, when the film is scrolled it 
> takes a moment for the image on the computer monitor to catch up. 
> Because of this lag, looking through several days of headlines is 
> faster on a conventional reader. I prefer the ScanPro to our older 
> scanners, but I feel that it works better as a complement to a 
> conventional reader than as a replacement.
> Best,
> Charles Dunham
> Adult Services Librarian
> Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
> 541 766-6965

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