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Special Collections Research Center

 HOURS for November 25, 2017:  Closed

Digital Services

Imaging Standards and Equipment

The Special Collections Research Center bases its standards on recommendations and benchmarks established by Cornell University (2003), the National Archives and Records Administration of the United States (2004), and the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (2010).

Click here to download a summary of the SCRC imaging standards.

Digitization statistics

1 cubic foot = approximately 2,000 pages (Source: National Archives)
30-40 hours
to image, transport, and QC 1 cubic foot
1 technician
can process (digitally) approximately 40-50 cubic feet in 1 year (4 weeks of vacation/sick time included, 7.5 hour working days)

Imaging equipment

Click here to download information as .pdf file.

Epson flatbed scanner

  • Bed size- reflective (photographs, paper): 12”x17”
  • Bed size- transparent (slides, negatives): 12”x16”
  • Resolution: up to 2400 ppi
  • Capture time: varies depending on ppi

  CopiBook

CopiBook (RGB model)

  • Bed size- reflective only: up to 19”x27”
  • Resolution: 300 ppi
  • Capture time: 2-7 seconds
  • Special features: Cradle to support bound items; Glass bed to flatten and hold materials (accommodates up to 3.5” in thickness); Automatic cropping

 Phase

PhaseOne mounted camera with digital back

  • Bed size- reflective: 300 ppi for 20”x24”; 280 ppi for 24”x34”
  • Bed size- transparent: up to 8”x10” at NARA specs; 800 ppi for 8”x10”; 800 ppi for 4”x5”
  • Resolution: approximately 280-800 ppi
  • Capture time: 30-45 seconds

 Betterlight

BetterLight large format scanner with digital back and wall mounted vacuum easel

  • Bed size- reflective only: up to 40”x60”
  • Resolution- 300 ppi: up to 24”x30”; 100-280 ppi: 24”x30” to 40”x60”
  • Capture time: 2-7 minutes
  • Note: Vacuum easel will not support heavy items. Magnets are used for thick mat board mountings. Camera can take up to 60 minutes for proper alignment and focus.

 NextScan

nextScan Eclipse microfilm scanner

  • Resolution: 100 to 600 ppi depending on reduction ratio
  • Capture time: 7 minutes or more depending on length of reel
  • Scans 16 and 35 mm film; positive, negative, and mixed film
  • Outputs in .tiff, .jpg, and .pdf formats; single or multi-paged
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