Digital ReeL, Microfilm Scanning Solution, Enables Online Access to Historical Newspapers at Sunnyvale Public Library

Using Digital ReeL, we were able to do a full text search across the historical newspaper archive. Within 5 minutes, we identified several great articles with valuable information. This would not have been possible before our microfilm was digitized.

BMI Imaging announced today that Sunnyvale Public Library has successfully implemented Digital ReeL as its online, historical newspaper microfilm scanning solution.

Christine Mendoza, Supervising Librarian, states “We had very little experience with digitizing newspapers. Initially, we thought doing the scanning ourselves might be an option but it soon became apparent that it would require too much staff involvement. We found BMI’s Digital ReeL to be a cost-effective solution; BMI helped us resolve the issues that normally come up with a newspaper scanning project.

The historical Sunnyvale newspaper archive, dating back to 1906, was mostly on microfilm (some on old print). It required a significant amount of staff time to help patrons research the archive. In addition, the print paper was starting to deteriorate. Because of this, a desire grew to digitally convert the archive with the purpose of making the records easily searchable and preserving them long into the future.

Mendoza states, “When we decided to move forward with the newspaper digitization project, we did not have publisher permission to scan the Sunnyvale historical newspapers. We worked with our City attorney and it was determined that anything prior to 1963 could be put on our web-site and made available. Anything after 1963 was to be digitized and accessible only within our library.”

Today, the Sunnyvale historical newspaper archive is available online with Digital ReeL. Newspapers include the Standard…

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