New public scanning

Oct 27, 2005

The Iowa State University Library is one of the first libraries in the United States to implement a state-of-the-art public scanner for use by the Library Community. This unique kiosk style scanner known as "KIC" (for Knowledge Imaging Center) enables students, faculty, and staff to scan images and text from library materials, and save them as digital files on CDs or a flash/USB drive. Alternatively, a user is able to email files via an Internet connection with a firewall to securely transfer materials directly to the user's PC. Through the use of WI-FI, users are able to transfer images that they have saved on KIC directly to their laptop or desktop, whether they are at home or in the Library.

The scanning kiosk, developed by the Digital Library Systems Group, Image Access Inc., is highly intuitive to use. The centerpiece of the kiosk, a color book scanner, is made to handle virtually any size books as well as flat material from postage stamp size up to 17 x 24 inches in black and white or full color. Users can also select a portion of a page to be scanned, saving themselves storage space. Students can do more significant, complex, and creative "real-life" projects by scanning print to digital form for use in electronic documents and on web pages.

The KIC kiosk is installed in the Reference Area on the first floor of the Parks Library, making it accessible all hours the building is open (currently 104 hours per week, during academic term), and also convenient to nearby public service desks. The scanner was partially funded by the University's Computation Advisory Committee (CAC) to provide a complete university walk-up digitization scanning system in the Parks Library building. The kiosk assists library staff in their mission to explore new scanning technologies in order to improve accessibility. It also supports the Library's vision of adding value to the educational and research endeavor by providing a wide range of seamless services, instruction, and resources to support intellectual inquiry and meet the evolving needs of our users.