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Willing to Share Experience?

Willing to Share Expertise?

Willing to Share Equipment?

Willing to collaborate on format-based grants?

York University

Anna St. Onge, Nick Ruest

Scanners - Epson 10000XL (x4), BetterLight overhead scanner for maps/posters

Digitization suite for video - SAMMAsolo

Video- VHS, 1" Video Tape (BVH 2000), U-Matic

Audio - reel-to-reel: TASCAM-32, TEAC X300R, Philips N4504, Sony TC-630, Fostex A-series,

Audio- tape cassette: Nakamichi 681ZX


I'm not sure if we have any yet

Willing to host visitors - in-kind exchanges


Media Commons / UofT







Queen's University

Jeremy Heil








MC Vandenburg

Scanners – Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Epson Perfection 4870 Photo, Fujitsu fi-4750C, Canon EOS 60D DSLR and camera stand

Microfilm – ScanPro 2000 scanners (x2)

Video – VHS (x2), Beta (x2), U-Matic (x2), ½" Tape (Sony AV-3600), Video 8 (Sony EV-S350)

Audio – Reel-to-reel: ReVox B77, ReVox A77 (both play 3 ¼ and 7 ½ ips); Cassette (x2)

USB peripheral drives – 3½” floppy, 5¼” floppy, iOmega Zip

Scanners – Epson Perfection V600 

Epson GT-15000

book2net Spirit

Konica Minolta MS6000 MKII microform scanner

ScanPro 2000 microform scanners (five)

ST 200-DFV digital microform scanner



Depends on the equipment (would require in-house use for some pieces - but we love having visitors!)


Brock University







Laurentian University

Dan Scott

Marthe Brown

Atiz Bookdrive Pro w/ Canon EOS 5D Mark II cameras

Microform - STX200 scanner

YesI'm sure we have noneMaybeProbably

University of Guelph









Scanners - Epson 10000XL X2, Epson V700 Photo, HPN9120 (high capacity document scanner, flatbed too) X2

Digitization suite for video (in progress)- MacPro, DeckLink Studio, UltraScope

Video- VHS X2 (JVC) , U-Matic X2, DVD X2 (Samsung), DV/Mini DV (JVC BR-DV3000U), Hi8 (Sony)

Audio- Cassette deck (Luxman K-111)

Cameras - Nikon DSLR X2 (D700, D200)

Copystand - Kaiser rePro

Photography equipment - lights, backdrop, reflectors, softboxes, tripod, etc.


Sure (we've been focused mainly on digitizing images and text)

Depends on equipment, loan duration, and local needs.

Yes (pending UL approval)








McMaster UniversityGabriela Mircea

Kirtas 2400-RA Robotic Scanner (Kirtas BSE, Kirtas KILTS, Kirtas OCR Manager)

Extra-wide format scanner SmartLF Gx+ T56 (Suitable For: Reprographics, Mapping & GIS, Aeronautics & Automotive And Other Over Size Large Format Documents)

Epson Expression 10000 XL scanners

Cannon ImageFormula DR-4010 scanner

YesYesDepends on the equipment Yes


2.Comparison of Scanner types in general

Scanner typeFlatbedOverheadDrumSlide/FilmMicrofilmDigital Camera
Unique feature OCR (Optical Character Recognition)    
Media Types**R, TRR, TTTR, T
Tonal Range***B/W, G, CB/W, GG, CG, CB/W, G, CG, C
Typical Size Limitations (inches)11x17 12x1735mm, 4x535mm. Some handle 16mm & 105mm, ficheNone
8.5x14 w/ADH****24x18
8.5x11 low-end  
Resolution Range (dpi)300-1200300-6001200-80001000-5000 5000-8500Pixel array: 1600x1200— 12000x10000
Price Range (US$)50-50,000+35,000-100,000+10,000-100,000+ 500-30,000 40,000-250,000 200-40,000
Typical Usesingle leaf, bound volumes (overhead type) oversizepre-pressorig. slides, intermediatesfilm, fiche, aperture cardsbound volumes, 3-D, fragile, oversize
* CCD=Charge Coupled Devices; CIS=Contact Image Sensor; PMT=Photomultiplier Tube; CMOS=Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor
** R=Reflective; T=Transparent    
*** B/W=Black and White; G=Grayscale; C=Color   
****ADH=Automatic Document Handler    

Other University Libraries:

  1. McGill:

    No.Name             Price

    Kirtas KABIS I

    Page images are captured using the latest Canon 22MP cameras

    in full 24 bit color in a fraction of a second; one for left-side pages and one for right-side pages.

    The images can be captured at 325 dpi resolution with superior sharpness and excellent color fidelity.

    Comment :

    This scanner is very pricy and does not have a V-shaped glass.

    2  Book2net V-Scan Cobra
    • Parallel use of two high performance CCD sensors with 40 Megapixel
    • High resolution of 300-800 ppi
    • 0.3 sek. scanning time / dualpage
    • 1.9 sek. processing time
    • Optimized signal to noise relation for OCR recognition
    • Need to have technicians come to adjust the cameras




  2. North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
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