January 24, 2014
LAURINBURG — In early November, the Scotland County Memorial Library’s aging and temperamental microfilm reader and printer malfunctioned for the very last time and was kicked to the curb in favor of a newer model with cutting-edge software — the ScanPro 2000.
Library staff realized that the old machine it could no longer be repaired, said library Director Leon Gyles, and a new one was purchased instead. This machine has the ability to view and print both microfilm and microfiche, a tool for anyone studying the county’s history or genealogy.
Archives of The Laurinburg Exchange from 1902 to 2013 are available.
The ScanPro 2000 features high-resolution optics and digital microfilm scanning. The cutting edge software, including a touch-screen function and word-search technology. It first scans the microfilm image viewed on the screen, then analyzes the scan for word matches.
The final result is the complete microfilm image on the viewing screen displaying the word matches,” Gyles said. “Our customers can now easily search and locate birth, obituary, and marriage records stored on microfilm.”
The high-resolution lens makes it possible to view a clear, crisp image on the 24-inch monitor, and the software can highlight and correct damaged areas to make text more readable. Material can either be printed or saved on a memory device.
For information, call the library at 910- 276-0563.