The Microtexts Room is now home to a new type of microform machine, the ScanPro 2000.
Unlike the larger, traditional machine which projects an image onto its own screen, this new unit is fully integrated with an attached computer. Images are viewed on the PC screen, film movement is controlled by the keyboard or mouse, and images can be saved to a flash drive in a number of formats, or printed. Printing is only available to Library members with valid UPI and password. Saving to memory stick is available to all users.
One of the key strengths of the new scanner is the image enhancement abilities of the software. An auto-adjustment feature does a fine job of cleaning up most images, while for really hard-to-read films a range of specific tools can be employed to make the material more legible.
This system allows a certain amount of adjustment to the interface so we welcome all feedback on the current setup (feedback forms are available by the machine).
A complete switch to this new system will be implemented in the coming year.
William Hamill, Special Collections