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Date Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014

This blog is part of a special behind the scenes series for Archives Month.

Richard Hays, reference archivist

Reference archivist Rich Hays demonstrates DPA's new microfilm scanner.
Reference archivist Rich Hays demonstrates DPA’s new microfilm scanner.

In order to keep up with the demand for more ways to obtain digital records, the Delaware Public Archives has recently acquired a pair of new microfilm reader-scanners. These microfilm readers provide image quality that greatly surpasses what has previously been available to our patrons. We encourage researchers to use the new readers to take a second look at records that they have viewed previously, as these new machines could reveal fresh details that could have been missed in the past.

The new readers are operated using specialized software that features a plethora of options to help patrons achieve the best images possible. Among these features are the ability to scan only select parts of a document, and also to control the brightness and contrast of either the entire image or just a small area in real time. This makes it possible to achieve crystal-clear images of all records, including the notoriously difficult to read deed books. Any scanned images can be transferred to a personal flash drive free of charge!

As always, the research room staff is available to answer any questions you may have, or to offer demonstrations to help you get started using the new readers quickly and easily. There is also a set of comprehensive instructions for use of the scanner located at each station. We hope everyone will take advantage of the new technology that is available.  We look forward to seeing all of you!

Do you want to know more about what happens behind-the-scenes at the Delaware Public Archives? Send us your questions and we may feature them here for Archives Month.

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