The Webster County Library has been awarded a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant to purchase a digital microfilm scanner system. The grant award was for $8178. “We are thrilled to receive the grant to replace our microfilm reader that would no longer print images. Our library relies on LSTA grants to maintain a high level of technology to serve our community”, said Library Director, Terri York.
LSTA grants are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services whose mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement.
York added, “the new scanner will allow our patrons to better view and copy images from microfilm. If someone looks up obituaries, they can cut and paste them together, then add comments to the page and email it, save it to a USB drive or print.” Unlike older analog readers and printers, this scanner allows the manipulation of the image by zooming in, lightening and darkening, and cropping to a specific area. Users may also add notations to the images.
The new equipment is located in the genealogy area of the Garst Memorial Library in Marshfield at 219 W. Jackson St. and can be used to view the libraries extensive collection of Webster County newspapers on microfilm.
The Garst Memorial Library is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.