BSU is among SUCs to pilot High-end Book Scanner

By upao - Posted on 21 June 2017


Benguet State University (BSU) is one of the six State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the countrywhich was chosen by the Department of Science and Technology- Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) to test the Digital Book Scanner (DBS). This equipment was turned over to the University on June 14, 2017.

The DBS is part of the Integrated Philippine Electronic Library Project (iPeL) Project on the Digitization and Content Development Component of the DOST-STII that aims to provide sustained and continuous library and information services to SUCs, public libraries, and other government institutions for optimum use of its resources in the country.

Ms. Maribel B. Palafox, DOST-STII Supervising Science Research Specialist, said that the BSU library has its unique collections of Filipiniana materials, institutional publications and researches which have been part of the iPeL. Accordingly, this is one reason why BSU has been selected as a pilot site.
Moreover, the DBS has been transported from Belgium. It is equipped with two DSLR cameras installed on both sides to capture a clear photo of the facing page of the material. It has a Light-emitting diode or LED to brighten the document being scanned and manually operated glass plate that supports the operator in handling it easily. It also has an adjustable book cradle that treats the inserted material conservatively.

When the material has been captured, it transfers on a unit installed with QiDriver software to properly label it then using a TIFF editor to clean and fix the scanned material.

Mr. Jonathan Bradd Omega, IT Specialist of DOST- STII, said that unlike other scanners, DBS is a technology meant for fragile and tattered material that needs to be digitalized.

Omega added that a portal is now being developed that will serve as a repository of all scanned documents from all the six participating universities that will be sent to the office of STII who will be doing the catalogue.
Further, Omega said that once the portal is established, it will be an open access to the public that helps not only students and researchers but anyone in the country who need the specific material available in the portal.

Director Lauren P. Kipaan of the University Library and Information Services said that they used flat board scanner before to scan annual reports but the quality is poor and messy so with the DBS it would help the university preserve materials especially those which are in the Filipiniana section to come up with a high quality and organized output.//Dalos Emok