Microfiche archives are a treasure trove of historical information captured in miniature, on flat films that are impossible to read without a good microfiche reader. Many archives and libraries with older microfiche readers are looking to upgrade to newer microfiche readers with more digital capabilities that can serve more researchers of all kinds, even if they’re not in the same room, or even the same state. This requires readers that can connect these records to the internet, computers, mobile devices and printers. If your institution is considering replacing your legacy microfiche reader, here are some important considerations.
Know Why You Want to Replace Your Microfiche Reader
It may seem obvious, but understanding your organization’s reasons for replacing the old reader helps you pick the correct new microfiche reader to replace it. Here are four reasons that most institutions realize that they need to upgrade:
1. Patrons want digital access
Some institutions have special records that are only accessible via microfiche readers, and under special circumstances. It may take people time to make the trip to the institution, and members of the organization may need to take time out of their day to assist patrons with the equipment or special collection. Older microfiche readers did not have the capability of digitizing these records to broaden access, but today’s ScanPro® All-In-One™ scanners can do these things, making it much easier for patrons to do their research.
2. Remote access to documentation
One thing the pandemic made very clear is that work still needs to get done, no matter where the work is happening (at an institution with limited staffing, or at a home office). Upgrading to a new microfiche reader that can digitize records and make them available on the internet for remote access keeps the wheels of research turning, regardless of what is going on in the world.
3. Your older microfiche reader is hard to use
Difficult-to-use older equipment is another thing that stops work from getting done. Many older models are indeed difficult to use, or have quirks that make even different machines of the same model operate differently. This creates inefficiency and frustration for staff and for patrons who need access to important information and can waste a lot of precious time.
4. Your legacy microfiche reader needs repairs
Older machines can take a long time to get up and running again, and it can be hard to find a technician who knows how to repair your legacy machines. This is another time when, particularly in view of the preceding three reasons, it makes good sense to upgrade to a new microfiche reader that is easier to use, more reliable and has more functionality that fits the needs of today’s patrons.
ScanPro All-in-One Scanners Cover Your Bases
If it’s time to upgrade, ScanPro All-In-One scanners can give you the capability and capacity you need with the features that will save your staff and patrons time and hassle. They provide high-resolution digital scanning of everything from microfilm, cartridge film, jacketed fiche, microfiche, aperture cards, micro-opaques and even 35mm and 16mm roll film. These scanners are reliable, easy to use, and provide excellent image quality that brings even older documents to life. Contact us today for a free consultation on upgrading your microfiche reader.