At The Crowley Company, we’re seeing an increased number of requests for services regarding aging microfilm collections. The requests range from inventory assessment to digitization to image hosting. This uptick in requests – a trend, in my opinion – brings with it the need to understand the history of microfilm and how and why today’s collections may be in peril….
It’s always rewarding to see the practical use and end result of a Crowley Imaging service bureau project or capture equipment placement. Below (and in our blog) are just a few client success stories. We’d love to add your story here!
Onsite scanning of 60,000+ microfilm reels also adds a layer of records accessibility In May of 2016, The Crowley Company (Crowley) was contacted by Primerica, a leading provider of financial services to middle-income households in the United States and Canada, to discuss the backfile conversion of their insurance policy microfilm collection. At the time, the process to retrieve insurance records was – like that of most financial and insurance firms – enormously time consuming. Simplified, the process included: Receiving an internal…
1.2 Million Reels of Microfilm Scanned in Less Than Two Years with Crowley Digitization Services Over the past several years, The Crowley Company (Crowley) has been an effective partner with the Social Security Administration (SSA) on several massive inventory and digitizing projects that were successfully completed within budget and within record time thanks to the experience of Crowley’s Digitization Services team. In February 2017, Crowley worked on a massive microfilm inventory project to begin inspecting, creating an inventory and barcoding an…
Crowley Imaging recently completed a high-volume, on-site digitization project scanning nearly 40 million archival documents in just under four years using InoTec 400-series document scanners. Known for their 24/7 daily duty work cycles, high throughput and low maintenance requirements, these scanners are considered a tool for records managers, service bureaus and health care systems….
Known as LIFE’s Photo Archive, the project is a digitization of the historic photographic images taken for LIFE magazine, which printed from 1936 to 1972 and again from 1978 to 2000. The collection includes color and black and white negatives, transparencies, reflective prints and other photographic material. …
For more than a century, the Carroll County Times has been covering local Maryland news while staying current with state, national and global issues, evolving to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and active community. Founded in 1911 as simply the Times, the paper was published weekly by the son of a prominent department store owner in Westminster, Md. …
Providing maximum access to the collections was – and is – key to achieving AAA’s goal of becoming the premier resource on art history for researchers, historians and the public. Richardson and Fleischman could never have imagined the advent of the internet and its power to connect people and information across the world. …
Among numerous prestigious organizations, Crowley Digitization Services has had the privilege to digitize collections from several Presidential libraries. Two recent projects encompassed the digitization of papers and manuscript scanning of materials from the estates of Presidents Washington and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. …
In July 2006, Fran O’Donnell and the Andover-Harvard Theological Library (AHTL) received a letter from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (the Museum) asking to explore the possibility of digitizing and microfilming the records of the Unitarian and Universalist Service Committees archived at Harvard Divinity School. …
A generous grant from the Charles Edward Hilgenberg Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation and the support of Mr. John Hilgenberg and family allowed the Maryland Historical Society (MDHS) the opportunity to digitize their collection of Der Deutsche Correspondent – a German-language newspaper in print from 1841 through 1918. …
In 2000, the DAR embarked on an ambitious and vital plan to preserve these membership applications for future generations of members and researchers. Working closely with the Crowley service bureau, DAR researched the best approach to preservation and developed a plan to create a set of digital images and microfiche for each application….
A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Hebrewbooks.org was founded in order to preserve old Hebrew books and related scholarship that are out of print and/or circulation. Since 2006, Crowley Imaging has scanned more than 11,000 volumes of rare and out-of-print works which were in danger of being lost, destroyed or which were simply disintegrating due to the passage of time….
Robinson Newspapers is in the process of working with SmallTownPapers to digitize a portion of its archives dating back more than 80 years. …
The reformatted images—whether digital scans or microfilm—can be viewed at the Library of Virginia, at the circuit court clerk’s office or, in the case of digital images, from any internet-connected computer….
At The Crowley Company, we’re seeing an increased number of requests for services regarding aging microfilm collections. The requests range from inventory assessment to digitization to image hosting. This uptick in requests – a trend, in my opinion – brings with it the need to understand the history of microfilm and how and why today’s collections may be in peril….Read Study »
A recent enquiry from a client led to the installation of a Wicks & Wilson C-Drive X Aperture Card Scanner at The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAFBBMF), based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire….Read Study »
Reprinted with permission from Genus Group, a Crowley UK – formerly referred to as Wicks and Wilson – reseller. Originally posted in 2016, this case study features the InoTec 4×3 document scanner series and the 8850 microfilm scanners, which have since been replaced by the InoTec 300-Series scanners and the Mekel Technology microfilm scanners, respectively. Genus is delighted to report on a successful project recently undertaken by the UK Border Agency at its Landing Card Unit (LCU), based in Croydon….Read Study »
Editor’s note: This blog was authored by Paul Negus of the Genus Group, a Crowley UK – formerly referred to as Wicks and Wilson – distributor. It is reposted with permission. June 5, 2017 The GDPR Conference Europe was held recently in London and it was surprising to get the feeling that a lot of businesses have not prepared for or are even aware of GDPR. GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has been around for a while, having been introduced by…Read Study »
Bound contracts integrated into the digital inbox: Sparkasse LeerWittmund in Lower Saxony leverages the advantages of the overhead scanner
The groundwork for integrated digital processing was initiated internally several years ago. “Continuous optimization and investment in innovative technologies means we have been able to drastically reduce the amount of paper documents our staff handles on a day-to-day basis,” says Fokko Schwab, a member of the organization division….Read Study »
From 2012 through 2017 over 32 million microfilmed newspaper images will have been transported from Denmark … to be digitized in Germany … on scanners made in the USA … and processed in India … while never leaving Europe….Read Study »
The BSO team worked with BizTech Solutions who provided pre-sales expertise to assist them in defining requirements and understanding currently available technology in the micrographic marketplace. The BSO team ultimately selected the UScan+ Universal Film Scanner from Wicks and Wilson to handle the archive access….Read Study »
The PAL conversion project began at the Springfield, Ill. headquarters, but soon moved to NARA in College Park, Md., which held many project-relative images. …Read Study »
In an era where many practitioners of today’s digital imaging technologies have never experienced microfilm, it may seem archaic to discuss bringing microform images back to life. The fact is that there are billions of images stored on microform….Read Study »
The world’s largest online family history resource,” is renowned for its ability to help others uncover their heritage by providing access to historical records such as census reports, photographs, marriage records, newspaper articles and more. In this synopsis of a six-part series posted on Tech Roots Blog, Ancestry.com senior software development manager Michael Murdock breaks down the organization’s Image Processing Pipeline (IPP) – i.e. how original genealogical records become online digital files. …Read Study »
Providing maximum access to the collections was – and is – key to achieving AAA’s goal of becoming the premier resource on art history for researchers, historians and the public. Richardson and Fleischman could never have imagined the advent of the internet and its power to connect people and information across the world. …Read Study »
In 2004, NARA Preservation and Imaging Specialist, Steven Puglia, along with Jeffrey Reed and Erin Rhodes, authored “Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access: Creation of Production Master Files – Raster Images.” This guideline, an update to an earlier document, intended to provide a technical foundation and standardization for digitization activities. …Read Study »
A retired manufacturing engineer, Tom Tryniski devotes his time to digitizing historical newspaper from microfilm using a Wicks and Wilson Scanstation production-level microfilm scanner. This may be a one-man operation, but in the past 15 years, he has scanned an astonishing 26 million+ pages of newspaper….Read Study »
A leading U.S. food producer recently purchased a UScan microform scanner, designed by The Crowley Company’s Wicks and Wilson division, to help retrieve and archive key engineering drawings. These documents, some decades old, were created to build and maintain custom-designed processing equipment that is still in use today. …Read Study »
InoTec Document Scanners Help to Improve Administrative Efficiency, Patient Treatment through Digitization
In 2008, St. Mary’s Hospital of Gelsenkirchen joined with St. Mary’s of Buer to become part St. Augustine Gelsenkirchen GmbH. With the merging came an opportunity to streamline and improve records management. As of 2011, the hospitals had ten InoTec 4 x 2-series SCAMAX® scanners in place with plans to implement future units. …Read Study »
The project of the Royal Library is remarkable in its scope. The newspapers date back to the early 17th century, many printed on paper that threatens to fall apart. But it is the sheer volume that is staggering. More than 8 million pages of Dutch newspapers spanning 400 years, from the Library’s historical collection, must be digitised by 2011 and made accessible to the public via a web portal….Read Study »
This brochure is intended to illustrate the many benefits of an Electronic Document Management System (EDMS) utilizing the combined resources of The Crowley Company, a world leader in commercial imaging solutions, and enChoice, a premier software developer and solution provider. This synergism resulted in a very impressive EDMS installation……Read Study »
For its students, the University Library of Regensburg has 16 zeta Comfort overhead scanners by Zeutschel which may be used for copying purposes free of charge. “The aim”, says Dr. Rafael Ball, director of the library, “is the provision of high-quality and seamless information”….Read Study »
With almost 34,000 students pursuing higher education in 2010, a North Carolina university has changed the way students “hit the books” with the purchase of seven Zeutschel overhead book copiers. …Read Study »