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The McGrady-Brockman House, 614 N. Seventh St., has just acquired a new piece of equipment for viewing our vast collection of microfilm.

Our microfilm collection of published Vincennes and area newspapers dates back to 1807. We have well over 1,100 reels of published newspapers in our collection. In addition, we have historical land deeds, birth, marriage, and death records. All these records are stored on reels of 35mm microfilm. This new piece of equipment is called a Viewscan-4 STimaging’s 6th generation of Digital Microfilm Viewer-Scanner Systems — the latest digitally enhanced computerized projector systems available for viewing microfilm.

This Viewscan-4 has software that can enhance the print of newspaper articles and pictures. With the help of this computerized software, this instrument can capture a clearer, more detailed image. A captured image from microfilm, such as a wedding or birth announcement can be saved to a printed paper copy version, or it can be saved as a digital image such as a jpeg, PDF, or tiff file and sent over the internet.

What’s more, this Viewscan-4 has two options available for the user to choose from when capturing an image. This instrument has an 18-megapixel camera to capture an image, or one can use the digital option to capture an image. The user can also incorporate both options to detail a captured image for a clearer enhanced image. One final option available with the Veiwscan-4 is reproducing color images. Previous viewscans have not had the option of color imaging. Another great option this Viewscan-4 has is auto focusing either by using the camera option or the digital option. The Viewscan-4 can now capture multiple images from one or more microfilm sources and save these images to one or more printed paper copies or to an electronic file image. The Viewscan-4 can also capture a whole roll of microfilm just within a few minutes.

Hats off to Emily Bunyan and the Knox County Public Library board for approving the purchase of this STimaging Viewscan-4. Kudos to Amy Blake, Knox County Public Library and Brett Passineau of BP Imaging Solutions. They presented a cost effective purchase package and both were instrumental in bringing in top notch training for Blake, Cynthia Frederick, Ann Hecht, James Mason, Bunyan, along with me. The Knox County Public Library is very fortunate to have such a sophisticated technically advanced piece of equipment at its disposal.

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