How Archive Scanning Can Help Council Libraries Cut Costs

How our book scanning services can benefit councils with our archive book scanning services in London and throughout the UK.

According to Voices for the library, over 500 UK public libraries out of the nation’s 4500 are currently facing the threat of closure. With library cut backs determined by a local authority and budgetary pressures, one way libraries can cut costs is by investing in book scanning. What does this mean for the libraries at risk?

Libraries can benefit from book scanning in many ways

Costs can be reduced by saving on the amounts of space needed. Converting many books into a digital format helps reduce the square footage taken up by physical items. This allows local authorities to save on the amount of money spent on running a property. These spaces can then be used for other purposes such as community functions.

Under the 1964 Public and Libraries and Museums Act, libraries have to offer a comprehensive and efficient library service for free. Converting books into a digital format and bringing local libraries into the future helps reduce costs and ensures that laws aren’t being broken.

Book scanning is the process of converting books into eBook format suitable for iBook, Kindle and eReaders. E-Books have seen a rise in popularity over the past decade with more and more books being made available in this format.

Some libraries have archives full of old books, manuscripts, journals, files and documents. Transforming these helps bring old items into the public eye, and gives life to old books that previously sat collecting dust. Old books also tend to be fragile. Digitising them ensures that they are not damaged by rough handling or sticky fingers.

The digitisation of books also helps ensure that libraries are not lost if a physical building succumbs to damage such as fire. With all files stored online and accessible on any device, library collections can officially stand the test of time with Pearl Scans bespoke book scanning service.

Bound and Unbound scanning methods are used with our book scanning services

We scan a wide range of books, transforming them into any required format. The book scanning service can be tailored to meet the needs of libraries of all sizes. Using two different methods, bound and unbound scanning using either a document feed scanner or upright scanner, no file is too big or small to be converted. Each scanning process carries its own benefits, which can help libraries and local authorities save substantial amounts of money.

If you can’t find the information you need, don’t hesitate to get in touch for a free no obligation project quote. How do you think the book scanning process can benefit libraries and local authorities? Share your thoughts with us on social media!

Whether it's books, documents or microfilm, we offer professional scanning services in London that includes expert advice with a cost-effective solution for you.

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Bristol Old Vic Theatre Receives Funding for Heritage Project

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The oldest operating theatre in England, Bristol Old Vic, has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £220,500 to create a landmark heritage project to celebrate its 250th birthday. The grant will support the nine month development project, and another grant is being submitted for a further £.2.26m in funding.

Already recognised as a centre of artistic distinction for its history and high quality programme of events, the nation’s oldest theatre will now also be an important heritage attraction. The project includes a refurbishment of part of the theatre, a conservation project for the original 18th century theatre façade, the protection of the theatre’s paper records and the creation of new public spaces and programmes, including an online archive.

Not only will the historic landmark be protected thanks to this funding, but also the records of the theatre will be preserved and available to a whole new audience. Archives of theatrical heritage will be brought to life during the project by scanning the heritage records which are currently held between the Bristol Record Office and the University of Bristol Theatre collection.

Creating a digital archive of documents which could date back hundreds of years isn’t without its difficulties – it’s vital to keep the originals in mint condition throughout the scanning process. Pearl Scan are experts in scanning delicate documents and books of high importance, ensuring the technology does not damage the records.

The Old Vic was originally named The Theatre Royal, and was built between 1764-1766. The lottery funding for the heritage project has been awarded at the perfect time so the artistic institution can celebrate its 250th birthday. The building can be restored and enjoyed for many years to come, and modern audiences will have access to some of the theatre’s programmes and archives online.

Emma Stenning, chief executive at Bristol Old Vic said, “We’re thrilled that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support as it will enable us to push forward with our exciting plans to transform the theatre into an internationally-significant hub of cultural and historical interest. This major redevelopment project will allow tourists, theatre audiences, day visitors and schoolchildren to engage with Bristol Old Vic’s fascinating heritage like never before.”

If you have a large collection of historical records or archives which you’d like to protect, we can help you digitise your collection with our heritage scanning service. Get in touch for more details.

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NHS Moves Towards Paperless Operations

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Many organisations across all industries can benefit from going paperless – and the government has already highlighted the National Health Service as one such organisation. The NHS has a target to digitalise patient records and become completely paperless, which will reduce time spent on administrative tasks and hopefully improve patient care. NHS Trusts are already expected to have patient records online, but health secretary Jeremy Hunt has challenged the NHS to become a paperless operation by 2018.

This move to roll out paperless operations has already started, with some NHS Trusts and GP practices taking the plunge and making the digital switch. The first NHS Trust to go paperless a few years ago was St Helens & Knowsley, and now other across the UK are on a paperless trail. In one GP practice in the area, moving to a digital database has freed up 20 square metres of space and freed up staff who had to spend two to three hours manually searching records for referral letters and other records. Dr David Wilson predicts digitalising all 11,000 records has reduced admin costs by one person a day each week.

With such positive reports from professionals who have made the paperless switch, many other NHS trusts are following suit well ahead of the 2018 deadline. One of the most recent areas to implement the digital strategy is Royal Free London NHS Trust, which treats around 700,000 patients each year. All paper care records are being transferred to digital, so staff can have instant access to records and patient information.

new horizontal 36Will Smart, Director of information management and technology at the Royal Free said, "For a complex hospital environment like ours, managing patient care using paper case-notes has been logistically very challenging. Tracking and moving paper case notes across a large physical estate has made it difficult to ensure that these are available where and when they are needed and has required a large administrative team.

"By digitising these case-notes we have the opportunity to improve the quality of the services we provide whilst reducing costs, and believe the new platform will enable us to digitise other paper-based corporate records and drive further efficiencies.”

The NHS obviously has an obligation to keep patient records and log all communication with patients for compliance. Medical document scanning and electrical storage is more efficient and cost effective for private and NHS hospitals, doctor’s surgeries, dentists and medical trusts. A digital archive system can securely store case notes, information and event digitised X-rays, while reducing admin costs. For more information about how medical record scanning can improve your healthcare practice and reach digitalisation targets, get in touch.
 

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Scale Down Large Format Drawings With Document Scanning

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Some drawings, plans and maps take up a great deal of space and it can be counterproductive to try and store them in hard copy so what's the solution?

Architects, design engineers, builders and artists are just some of the wide range of people who deal with large format documents on a daily basis. One document can be said to be manageable but once they start to accumulate, which they will more often than not, it can cause a huge storage problem. Where exactly can you store a large number of large format drawings where you can find specific ones again should you need them? Well, this is where large format scanning can help...

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Large format scanning offers an effective storage solution for large documents. It involves the scanning of documents using specialist large format scanners and conversion to digital formats such as PDF, TIFF and JPEG. These digital files can also be converted into CAD (Computer Aided Design) files to enable high quality editing of your drawings on screen. Any size document right up to A0+ can be digitised and the advantage of digitising them will be the amount of space you can save. For example, perhaps you currently store your large format documents rolled up and stored in cardboard tubes. You might think this is a space saver but a large amount of those tubes can soon overrun your office or premises. Not to mention the fact that they could be damaged or lost stored like this. This is one of the main reasons we find people turning to large format scanning. Digital documents take up only virtual space and can be stored anywhere such as USB, CD, DVD, secure FTP, cloud platforms or any number of devices which makes them much more flexible to work with. We are constantly looking for ways to make our lives easier and large format scanning does just that.

Benefits

As well as being a huge space saver, scanning large format documents and storing them digitally instead can also offer a number of other benefits.

  • You can save costs on storage.
  • If you currently hire a member of staff to deal with them, you can save money and generate revenue here too.
  • Digitising is also a big time saver since you can access files with a simple search.
  • You can also make corrections simply without having to create a new document.
  • You can deal with drawings etc. quickly, thus leaving time to do more.
  • With password protection and file encryption, digital documents are more secure than hard copy storage methods.
  • Digital documents are also safe from the damage or loss that paper documents are susceptible to.

Pearl Scan's Large Format Scanning Service

Here at Pearl Scan, we offer a fully bespoke yet affordable large format scanning service for companies and individuals wishing to free up space or enjoy the wide range of other benefits. We have the infrastructure to handle both small and large amounts and can offer a very quick turnaround if needed. If you would like some more information about this service or any of the other scanning services we offer, check out our website and blogs. For a free, no obligation quote for your scanning project, complete our online form by following the relevant links below. 

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Is it Possible for the Government to go Completely Digital?


Back in December, it was announced that the Government are planning on making a big push to digitise public services. But can they do it?

It seems all of the political parties can see the potential savings in going digital with services with Labour calling on "the next government to focus on digital inclusion" and the Conservative's George Osborne announcing the latest digitisation plans.

Where Will The Digitisation Begin?

The report released towards the end of last year outlined plans to digitise all police evidence and witness statement collection to make it easier for lawyers in court to access the evidence for cases.

The idea of easy access seemed to be high on the agenda too with the Government wanting to make a big push for more public services to be accessed online and for "nine out of 10 of the online public" to use digital services by 2020.

How Will They Benefit From Going Digital?

By going digital with public services it is hoped that the Government can free up desperately needed funds first and foremost but the digitisation can also offer benefits to the public too. As I've mentioned, access to essential services will be easier online and time can be saved finding the information they need at the click of a button.

So, what do you think of these new plans? Will they work? Are you on board with going digital?

There are many ways you can go digital too. If you find yourself in the office struggling to find the information you need because it's filed away in poorly organised filing cabinets or if your company is being weighed down by extortionate document storage costs, you should consider document scanning and digital document management. Similarly to the way the Government will digitise the police service, document scanning will make your files and documents available quickly, cheaply and easily.

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  • Going digital with your document management brings a wide range of advantages;
  • You can free up office space previously holding filing cabinets, boxes and folders of documents.
  • Or...you can abolish the cost of storing these documents in off-site storage.
  • Your documents will be more flexible with the ability to edit, view and share them as you please.
  • You can work with your documents anywhere at any time through shared networks and online cloud platforms.
  • Information can be found at the click of a button with fully indexed and OCR processed digital documents.
  • The costs of paper, printers and ink can be drastically cut down by sharing and editing documents digitally.

Pearl Scan Services

As is hoped with the new Government scheme, going digital can have hugely positive effects on companies and organisations throughout the UK. Here at Pearl Scan, we recognise the benefits that switching to digital document management can have which is why we offer a fully bespoke yet affordable range of scanning services to suit any company. Our services have helped companies from a range of industries including legal, healthcare and NHS, education and human resources.

For more information about the scanning services we offer including document scanning, invoice scanning, scan on demand and business card scanning, get in touch today. We can also provide you with a free, no obligation quote for your scanning project. 

 

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