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The great thing about being in marketing and PR for The Crowley Company is that there are a thousand stories to tell. The bad thing about being in marketing and PR for The Crowley Company is that there are a thousand stories to tell. What a good problem to have! We recently took the opportunity to “tell” the story of Crowley’s Digitization Services division via video by interviewing four of the division’s key team members: Pat Crowley, Dave Westcott, Meghan O’Brien…

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Want to Get Into the Final Four? Work with Crowley…

We’re wrapping up March with a trip to the Final Four (four of the most coveted positions in the NCAA Division 1 single-elimination men’s basketball tournament). Along the way, we had a little fun and came up with some interesting 2021 statistics. Bottom line? You have a better shot at the Final Four when Crowley is your partner. First Round: 54.7% The first round of the tournament started with the top 64 teams in the United States. In 2021, 54.7% of these…

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Digitized Newspapers A Gift to Maryland Communities

Chronicled History from 1879 to 2008 Now Available Online Today is Maryland Day, a day that commemorates the formal founding of the colony of Maryland in 1634. As we’re reminded in this account by Dr. Jean Russo of Maryland State Archives, the news of the day – much like that of every news report before and since – has multiple versions. Thus, the donation of digitized historic newspapers by Eric E. Glass and The Taney Corporation serves as a concrete…

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Hello Zeutschel OS Q (and Farewell to the OS 14000)

After 12 years on the market, the last of a first-of-its-kind archival scanner retires to make way for the next generation This month, the last Zeutschel OS 14000 large format overhead scanner left Tübingen, Germany for its final destination. Originally brought to market in 2008, the OS 14000 series was significant in that it ushered in a new era of high-quality digital preservation for bound and loose media up to A0 size (33.1” x 46.8” inches). The new generation OS Q…

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Seven Miles, 500 Years of Stories: Jekyll Island History Preserved through Map and Blueprint Scanning

From native hunting land to illegal slave port to millionaires playground to family vacation destination, the coastal beaches and blooming land of Jekyll Island, Georgia have drastically transformed over the past 500 years. Through a collaboration between Jekyll Island Museum Archives, the Jekyll Island Authority and digitization partner, The Crowley Company, nearly 5000+ pages of oversized land maps and blueprints of Jekyll’s infrastructure and historic homes have been preserved and made digitally accessible. This week’s blog gives a glimpse of the…

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Archiving Washington: The People’s Archive Creates Accessible D.C. History

Timing is a funny thing. After learning about the journey of The People’s Archive (originally known as the Special Collections department of the DC Public Library) and their mission to create more efficient digitization, timing seems to look less funny and more like fate (or really good planning). Over the past few years, the DC Public Library’s archive staff has laid significant groundwork for advancing their digitization and customer service. Essential elements of this plan came together just in time to…

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Colleen’s Crew(boat):
A Crowley Christmas Story

This is not your typical Crowley blog post. The topic is not digitization, although there is just one degree of separation between the story you are about to read and The Crowley Company. Instead, it’s a tale of friendship, goodwill, secrets (the good kind) and generosity – the perfect story for the holiday season. In the beginning Every story has a back story. Ours begins with the 1996 birth of Pat and Molly Crowley’s second of three daughters. Aptly named Colleen, she…

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Digitizing Scientific Research at The Rockefeller Archive Center

If there is anything that life and Christopher Nolan movies has taught me, it is that there are no absolute heroes; even the most exemplar person has faults and the gruffest of characters can have compassion. Case in point: John D. Rockefeller, Senior (Rockefeller, Sr.). Living his living life between the worlds of shrewd oil tycoon and diligent philanthropist, Rockefeller used much of his fortune financing scientific research that sought to eradicate specific social and physical diseases, some of which…

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New Digitisation Scanner, a First in Africa

The University of Cape Town’s Digital Library Services Adds 100MP Zeutschel ScanStudio to Offerings The following blog, authored by Carmen Louw and featuring the Zeutschel ScanStudio, has been reposted with permission from Niklas Zimmer of  the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa. The ScanStudio sale was spearheaded by longtime Crowley and Zeutschel partner, First Coast Technologies. Friday the 13th is usually heralded as the start of something ominous, but for Digital Library Services (DLS) it was the start of a new…

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Quantum Software Allows Historic New York Microfilm Newspaper Scanning Project to Continue Amid Pandemic

When time is seemingly standing still (quarantine blues, anyone?) yet moving so fast (how is it August already?!), there is not much else to do but start a project you know might take a while. In attempting to run out the quarantine clock, I printed and intended to organize three years of photos from my phone. Instead, sitting with hard copy evidence of a life lived closer than six feet apart only deepened the shade of my blues and proved to…

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