Crowley Company Honored with Modern Library Awards, Office of Economic Development Top 50 Ranking

Frederick, Md. – The Crowley Company (Crowley), a worldwide leader in digitization scanning solutions and conversion services, is pleased to announce two honors bestowed this week: three platinum Modern Library (MLA) awards and a place on the Frederick County Top 50 Workplaces list.

Crowley Company president, Patrick Crowley, notes, “These are two very different honors that underscore our mission to provide the best in scanners and services to the archives and records management industries, to create a company that makes an impact in our local communities and to provide growth and work-life opportunities for our employees. To receive both honors in one week in a new year is humbling as well as encouraging. Neither would have been possible without the efforts of our staff, vendors and distributors. I’m truly appreciative to each for the positive attention these awards evoke toward the Crowley brand and pledge to continue to build a company of which we can all be proud.”

Digital Scanners, Digitization Services Receive 2020 Modern Library Awards

The Modern Library Awards were created by LibraryWorks to recognize the top products and services in the library industry. Applications were submitted in the Fall of 2019, batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic and special libraries for judging.

Only customers having experience with the products or services submitted were permitted to judge, resulting in an unbiased format. All entries were ranked and scored by direct end-users rather than on written entry alone. Judging was on a scale of 1-10 and covered the areas of functionality, value and customer service.

Crowley’s entries were awarded platinum, the highest accolade possible, in 2020. These include:

Crowley Imaging. As a repository for historical and collected works and records, libraries comprise a significant portion of Crowley Imaging’s digitization services clientele. Since 1980, Crowley has served the preservation needs of archivists, librarians, historians and records managers by digitizing important cultural heritage documents, newspapers, maps, books, microfilm, photographs, slides and other media. Crowley’s own history is steeped in micrographics, ensuring a full understanding of the analog-to-digital cycle and its unique challenges. As a manufacturer and reseller of the best-known scanner brands in the industry, Crowley Imaging’s access to technology for quality digitization is unparalleled, resulting in the divisions’s third MLA platinum distinction.

Mekel Technology MACH-series microfilm scanners. Manufactured by The Crowley Company, the MACH-series scanners are two-time platinum (2020, 2016) and one-time gold (2018) MLA award winners. The MACH-series scanners, powered by Crowley’s custom Quantum software suite, are a staple for libraries with large collections of microfilm. Designed to handle a wide variety of 16mm and 35mm microfilm types, Mekel scanners provide superior, FADGI-rated image quality at high scan speeds.

The Mekel Technology MACH10 is known for its image quality and speed, capturing a 100′ roll in 2.5 minutes with up to 600 dpi true optical resolution. The MACH12, used in libraries and service bureaus to fulfill National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants and to meet National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) requirements, offers up to 750 dpi true optical resolution. The MACH5 and the new portable MACH Mini models round out the scanner series.

Next generation Zeutschel zeta book scannerZeutschel zeta. A multi-year honoree, garnering both gold and platinum awards since the programs’ inception in 2015, the “plug in and scan” Zeutschel zeta scan system has become a patron and staff favorite in libraries around the world. Since its 2011 introduction to the market, the zeta has gained popularity for its ILL-compatibility, compact size, media flexibility, image quality and touchscreen ease. In 2019, Zeutschel released a Windows 10 version boasting a 21.5” full HD resolution touch panel, an even faster processor and enhanced software features. Used for both walk-up and back-office digitization, A2-sized bound or loose material is placed face-up on the split cradle for spine protection. Scans can be printed, saved via USB or delivered electronically as images or single/multi-page PDF’s in resolutions ranging from 300-600 dpi. Cost-savings are quickly accrued via reduced/eliminated wear and tear on the original media, reduced staff time (requires little training and no daily maintenance), reduced paper/toner fees and increased energy efficiency. The zeta scan system can also be fitted with any traditional pay-per-use system for enhanced savings and earnings.

Since 2015, The Crowley Company products and services have won a total of 18 Modern Library Awards. View them all here.

Crowley Named to Frederick County (Md.) Top 50 Workplaces

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) this week named The Crowley Company one of its Top 50 Workplaces. Selected from among 132 nominations, Crowley was judged and selected on the following criteria:

  • Median salary
  • Employee benefits
  • Community involvement
  • Work environment
  • Professional growth opportunities
  • Work-life balance

The Crowley Company is headquartered in Frederick. The firm also has manufacturing and sales offices in Basingstoke, U.K., Kill Devil Hills, N.C., Lynchburg, Va., Madison Heights, Mich., San Dimas, Calif. and Stamford, Conn.

“These companies are a major reason Frederick County continues to be a great place to live, work, and raise a family. They have made it clear that their most important asset is their workforce, and they contribute to the success and overall health of Frederick County,” said County Executive Jan Gardner and OED’s Executive Director Helen Propheter in a joint message.

Learn more about Frederick County, Md. here.


About The Crowley Company

The Crowley Company is a world leader in digital scanning technologies manufacture and resale and provides an extensive number of digital document and film conversion services to the library, academic, publishing, commercial, government and archive sectors.

About LibraryWorks

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About the Frederick County of Maryland Office of Economic Development

The Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) is the catalyst for economic growth in Frederick County. Our mission is to increase the overall economic health of Frederick County through attracting new businesses in our targeted industries and helping existing businesses be more successful.

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