"We want to protect and preserve our history and all of these unique documents, and this scanner has been excellent in that regard,” Janet Wencer, Archivist and Library Technician, SickKids Library and Archives
Toronto, ON (PRWEB) September 27, 2011
With items as old as 1875, the archives at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) handles a lot of delicate documents, which can be easily damaged during use or scanning. To make the art of preserving history a little easier for the hospital, Ristech recently donated a Book2net Spirit digital book scanner to the Hospital Library and Archives.
“We are incredibly grateful for and thrilled to receive this wonderful book scanner,” said Janet Wencer, archivist and library technician SickKids Library and Archives. “It copies with ease and without damaging anything, it’s absolutely quiet, doesn’t give off any heat and its very fast. It makes our job so much easier.”
The Book2net Spirit is the first entry-level high-resolution scanner designed for fast and simple public use, and it is very gentle on books and documents, making it the ideal option for delicate and older books and documents that need to be reproduced or archived.
“As one of the world’s foremost children’s hospitals, SickKids contributes to families across Canada every day, so we were honored to make this donation,” said Robb Richardson, President, Ristech Company Inc.
In particular, the archives team is focusing on scanning annual reports, board minutes and other archived documents. The Book2net Spirit doesn’t require that materials lay completely flat, making it easier to scan items without damaging them, and provides clear, high-quality scans of materials even when the books are slightly open. The Archives also requires a strictly temperature-controlled environment, so having a scanner that doesn’t give off heat is critical.
“Nineteenth century paper is pretty brittle and acidic, which makes it really hard to handle. We want to protect and preserve our history and all of these unique documents, and this scanner has been excellent in that regard,” Wencer added.
About the Hospital for Sick Children
The Hospital for Sick Children, affiliated with the University of Toronto, is Canada’s most research-intensive hospital and the largest centre dedicated to improving children’s health in the country. As innovators in child health, SickKids improves the health of children by integrating care, research and teaching. Our mission is to provide the best in complex and specialized care by creating scientific and clinical advancements, sharing our knowledge and expertise and championing the development of an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health system. For more information, please visit http://www.sickkids.ca.
About Ristech Company
Ristech Company is a leading distributor of document management and micrographics solutions for the Canadian and U.S. markets. Formed in 1995, we have built our name on a commitment to providing companies with leading-edge technology, convenient service offerings, and the expertise and knowledge required to support these technologies. For more information, please visit http://www.ristech.ca.
About book2net Inc.
book2net Inc. is an international alliance of manufacturers, libraries and service providers that design and produce book scanning technology. With an installed base of more than 500 clients including the Library of Congress, the British Library, National Archive of Sweden and many leading academic libraries in North America, book2net develops technology from the ground up with end users at the table. For more information, visit http://www.book2net.net.
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