Preparation and organization are key components of a successful microfilm scanning project. Taking the time to create a detailed plan of action and gathering all of the necessary resources beforehand can make the process more efficient and cost-effective.
Below are some tips to help document scanning companies prepare and organize microfilm collections prior to scanning.
- Assess the Collection: Before starting the scanning process, it is important to assess the physical condition of the microfilm. Check for any damage, such as scratches or broken spools, that may affect the quality of the scanned images.
- Determine the Scanning Requirements: The scanning requirements will depend on the end-use of the images. For example, if the images will be used for archival purposes, the scanning resolution should be higher than if the images will only be used for reference purposes.
- Organize the Microfilm: Microfilm collections should be organized in a logical order. Consider using a numbering system to keep track of the microfilm spools and create a master index to make it easier to locate specific images.
- Clean the Microfilm: Dirt, dust, and other contaminants can affect the quality of the scanned images. It is important to clean the microfilm prior to scanning. A microfilm cleaning machine can be used for this task, or the microfilm can be cleaned by hand using a soft, clean cloth.
- Handle the Microfilm Carefully: Microfilm is delicate and can be easily damaged. When handling the microfilm, be sure to use gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints, and avoid bending or twisting the spools.
- Store the Microfilm Properly: After the microfilm has been scanned, it is important to store it in a clean, dry, and temperature-controlled environment. Proper storage will help preserve the microfilm and prevent damage.
By following these tips, document scanning companies can ensure that their microfilm scanning projects are well-prepared and organized, leading to successful and high-quality scanned images.
Whether you need to digitize your microfilm for long-term preservation or for easier access, MSI can help. By outsourcing your microfilm digitization to MSI, you can ensure that your information is safe, secure, and accessible in a format that meets your specific needs.
MSI is a leading provider of microfilm digitization services for organizations looking to preserve and access their valuable information. With advanced technology and experienced staff, MSI is equipped to handle even the largest and most complex microfilm collections. Contact MSI today to learn more about how they can help you digitize your microfilm collections.
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