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    June 2nd, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    McGill University Library is pleased to announce a partnership with Kirtas Technologies and its Canadian partner Ristech, which will allow students, faculty and the general public to request to have books digitized and made available through the new Digitize on Demand program. The announcement will be made publicly at the Canadian Library Association’s 2009 National Conference and Trade Show being held in Montreal May 29 to June 1.

    “It’s an exciting time for the Library as we embark on a new era of services. With this innovative technology we can reveal our collections through user-driven digitization and distribution,” Janine Schmidt, Trenholme Director of Libraries at McGill, said. “The partnership with Kirtas advances the Library’s interest in improving scholarly access to its collections.”

    The program will offer books that are difficult to find, because they are generally out of print. They are also in the public domain, meaning that there are no copyright restrictions.

    Using existing information from the Library’s catalogue records, Kirtas will make the books available through its retail site, Customers can search for a desired title and place a request to have it digitized. The book is then digitized at very high-quality using Kirtas’s innovative automatic page-turning scanner that was purchased by the Library in 2008. What also makes this approach unique is that the books can be offered before they are ever digitized, so there is no up-front printing, production or storage cost.

    Kirtas currently has 12 partnerships with universities and public libraries to make special collections available for sale online, with McGill University the first to participate in Canada. Virtually any library with a modern records database can participate in the Digitize on Demand program. Distribution rights are non-exclusive so the books can also be made available through other distribution channels at a library’s request. McGill University Library will also make a digital copy of each scanned item available through its catalogue.

    “McGill was an early adopter in book digitizing, so it’s only fitting that they would be the first Canadian content partner on,” said Kirtas Founder and CEO Lotfi Belkhir. “Digitize on Demand is a unique and innovative way for libraries to digitize content, and we’re thrilled to have McGill University Library as a partner in this initiative.”

    About McGill University
    McGill, Canada’s leading university, has two campuses, 11 faculties, 10 professional schools, 300 programs of study and more than 33,000 students. Since 2000, more than 800 professors have been recruited to McGill to share their energy, ideas and cutting-edge research. McGill attracts students from 160 countries around the world. Almost half of McGill students claim a first language other than English – including 6,000 francophones – with more than 6,200 international students making up almost 20 per cent of the student body.

    About McGill University Library
    The Library provides the comprehensive information infrastructure necessary to sustain leading-edge teaching, learning and research activity at McGill University. It holds more than 6 million items in its various collections, which are located in 13 branches across McGill’s downtown and Macdonald campuses. Receiving over 3.5 million visits annually, or approximately 10,000 a day – and millions more visits online, it is an invaluable support system for all McGill students, with rich collections, comprehensive information resources, innovative services and attractive, comfortable facilities.

    About Ristech
    Ristech is a leading Canadian Distributor of Automated Digitization Technologies. Founded in 1995 Ristech sells and supports the technologies required to convert books, film and paper to digital images. The primary focus of Ristech is to provide mass digitization solutions to our clients. This is accomplished by offering a combination of Robotic Technologies combined with automated batch conversion software solutions and on-site technical support.

    About Kirtas Technologies
    Kirtas Technologies has pioneered and perfected the technology used today in quality, high-speed, non-destructive mass book digitization. A proven workflow ensuring superior image quality, advanced search capabilities, unique archiving technology, and extensive metadata enabling multiple output options that stand the test of time are what set us apart and keep Kirtas at the forefront of the digital revolution. Learn more at

    Allison Flynn
    Media Relations
    McGill University
    (514) 398-7698

    Deanna Vincent
    Kirtas Technologies
    (585) 924-2420

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    June 2nd, 2009LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Norcross, Ga. – The Enumclaw Public Library (WA) has signed a contract with the Integrated Technology Group (ITG) to implement RFID technology to help boost efficiency and allow staff members to spend more time working one-on-one with its patrons.

    The library currently maintains 50,000 items, circulates over 185,000 items annually, and has a patron base of about 12,000. ITG’s RFID technology will assist the library’s 12 staff members in their efforts to meet increasing patron needs for services. The system will also enhance the security of the library’s collection.

    And it is arriving at just the right time. “With the state of the economy, we have a lot of people coming in needing resources for jobs,” says Enumclaw Computer Technician Leigh Whittington. “We will be able to do more one-on-one once we have the new technology.”

    Through its partnership with ITG, Enumclaw will have access to the same cutting-edge technology that some think is only appropriate for large library systems. Shai Robkin, ITG’s President and CEO, states, “We are very proud of the fact that we are able to deliver effective solutions to many of the largest library systems in North America, as well some of the smallest. And we devote significant resources to ensuring that our smaller customers receive the same high level of customer service that we give our largest customers.”

    The purchase was funded in large part by a grant from the Seattle-based Satterberg Foundation. The system is expected to go live in the fall of 2009.

    About Integrated Technology Group
    Integrated Technology Group ( develops, markets, and supports library automation technologies that empower librarians to make operations more efficient and better serve their patrons. ITG’s products include patron self-checkout, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Automated Materials Handling (AMH) systems, library materials security, public computer reservation, and print management. With over 30 years experience in the library industry, ITG combines smart technology and progressive design to create standard solutions that can be easily customized to meet site-specific requirements. ITG, a division of Vernon Library Supplies, Inc., is headquartered in Norcross, Georgia.

    Integrated Technology Group - “Experienced, Innovative, Plays Well With Others”

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