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The Scan PA initiative supports the digitization of materials held in library collections across the Commonwealth. The project provides participating institutions with scanning equipment as well as the training and support needed to contribute their collections to PA Photos & Documents (PaPD). 

The microfilm scanner is the ST Imaging ViewsScan 4. The ViewScan 4 can view roll microfilm, microfiche, aperture cards, and jackets. The ViewScan 4 has an 18-megapixel camera and the included software creates compact files with stunning quality, whether black and white or grayscale.

The overhead scanner is the CZUR ET-18 Pro book scanner that can digitize up to 18.89” x 14.17” with a thickness up to 1.96”. Simply use with your computer (XP, Win 7/ 8/10/11,32/64-bit; macOS 10.11 and above).  This overhead scanner can be used to digitize oversized materials as well as bound materials that are too fragile to be scanned on a flatbed scanner.

The Mustek A3 1200S flatbed scanner can scan up to 600 ppi with a maximum scanning size of 11.6” x 16.4”.  The lid easily detaches giving you the ability to scan bound materials that can lay flat. This scanner is compatible with Windows 11 / 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP (Service Pack 3), Mac OS X 10.7~10.12, and Linux Ubuntu 1604 (32bit/64bit) / Fedora 24 (32bit/64bit).

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Scan PA Project Station Equipment List

External CD/DVD
LG external DVD Drive [Amazon Link]

Hard drive
External Hard Drive 1 TB [Amazon Link]

Media reader
Sabrent External USB 3.5” floppy drive [Amazon Link]

Video capture
Elgato video capture, analog video [Amazon Link]

Flatbed scanner
Epson Perfection V370 Scanner [Amazon Link]

Overhead scanner
CZUR ET18 Pro Professional Book Scanner [Amazon Link]

Audio digitization
1/4″ Jack to USB cable [Amazon Link]

Scan PA Project Equipment Storage Case
Pelican Hard Side Case Model 1650 should be used if your institution plans on loaning equipment to another institution for scanning events [Amazon Link]

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This project is made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and
through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Library Access funds administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries.  

The views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services or the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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