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High Tech Scanner Now Available in Douglas Library

Monday, April 08, 2013

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Northern New York Library Network, the Douglas Library has a new state-of-the-art document scanner (known as the Knowledge Imaging Center or KIC). With the new scanner users can create a variety of file types which can be saved to a flash drive, sent as an email attachment, sent to their Google Drive in the cloud or saved as a QR code.

The face-up scanning capability enables users to capture multiple pages quickly - books no longer need to be flipped over to turn the page and then flipped back over for each scan or copy. The scanner is equipped to handle material from the size of a postage stamp size to as large as 11 x 17 inches. It can scan in grayscale or full color, depending on the users’ needs.

Documents are saved in a multiple formats (including searchable PDF, Quick PDF, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and MP3 audio files) in a matter of seconds. When users save scanned documents as MP3 audio files, the selected portions of the text will be read to the user by sending the file to an audio device.

The new scanner is able to scan any textbook, magazine or newspaper article, class notes, photos and other materials just like a photocopier. Reproduced text or images are subject to copyright protection just like reproductions made using any computer or photocopier.

The environmentally friendly KIC allows users to read documents electronically without the need to print them out.

Students, faculty and staff can now use the KIC scanner in the main reading room of the Douglas Library.

“We have already received very positive feedback from the campus community about the new scanner” says librarian and grant writer Anne de la Chapelle.