Montreal: "Revolutionary Book Scanner Makes Its Debut at McGill Library"
The McGill University Library has “gone digital” with five entry level book2net Spirit book scanners and one larger, more sophisticated Book2Net Kiosk device. In place as of one year ago, the Book2Net Kiosk is stationed in McGill’s Rare Books and Special Collections department. Up until recently, this was the only book scanner available at the library and was used by faculty members only. Positive feedback from staff, coupled with an announcement from Ristech about a new product offering is what initiated the library’s latest implementation.
“Although the Book2Net Kiosk we originally purchased about a year and a half ago is an impressive machine that is ideal for the fragile materials we handle in the Rare Books and Special Collections department, it was not the right machine to rollout on a large scale,” claims Diane Koen, Associate Director of McGill University Library. “We needed a smaller, more convenient, fast, simple, walk-up book scanner better built for public and student use. And this is exactly what Ristech was able to offer us this past January.”
The first of its kind, the Spirit is an entry-level book scanner capable of producing high-resolution images in PDF format. Designed to replace traditional photocopiers, the Spirit is entirely digital, eliminating the need for continuous paper usage, toner replacements and maintenance servicing. For the past four months, McGill University Library has had five book2net Spirits in operation – one in each of the following areas: Law, Music, Management, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Architecture and Arts.ead the Como
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