Hello Digital Age
19 May 2004
Monash was the first library in Australia to network digital microscanners to printers and the internet, enabling the University’s vast collection of microforms (microfiche and microfilm) to be viewed, digitised, emailed and printed.
It heralded a new era of research output, where users can scan extracts, photographs and engravings from old newspapers, and save the images digitally to include them in their research work.
Following a successful one-month trial involving students, academics and library staff, six Canon microscanners were installed at the Sir Louis Matheson Library at Clayton campus and two at the Caulfield campus library. With each microscanner hooked up to a personal computer, it's just a matter of selecting the image to be scanned. Users can manipulate the image to suit their requirements, and then print it or email it to themselves, or save it on a computer disc or memory stick.
The result, according to music and multimedia librarian Georgina Binns, is enhanced access for researchers: “Despite the increase in digital resources such as journals, books and the internet, there are still many manuscripts, archives and resources that will probably never be digitised."