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New Film Viewer/Scanner Will Help Library Microfilm Researchers

Visitors researching the local history and genealogy collections of the Springfield-Greene County Library District will be able to streamline their work with the use of a new film viewer and multi-media scanner.

The ST ViewScan digital film viewer/scanner and companion multi-media scanner was purchased through a $7,983 grant supported by the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library. The library district provided $2,662 in matching funds.

The equipment, housed in the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., offers the newest technology for improving access to local history materials in a variety of formats.

Service to patrons will be improved in many ways:

  • Customers visiting the Library Center and remote users will have the convenience of viewing enhanced digital live images on a PC screen.
  • The equipment offers enhanced cropping and masking features, easy file management, and the ability to selectively adjust contrast for photographs and text independently of one another.
  • TIFF and JPEG images can be captured at resolutions up to 2,400 dpi, which means that there will be no pixilation with enhanced viewing. Materials can be scanned and saved as high-resolution digital files.
  • The companion scanner will make it possible to combine information from a variety of formats into one document/file. An article from a microfilmed newspaper can be integrated with information from a hard copy book, magazine, paper, a color slide or other formats such as film negatives.

The equipment will also make it possible to digitize the library’s in-house collections on microfilm or collections from partnering institutions.

Kathleen O�Dell is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at

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