Case Study: Buffalo & Erie Public Library

For most people, when they think about a library the first image that appears in their mind is a room of endless shelves filled with books upon books. But when you dig a bit deeper you remember that libraries offer so much more than just books. A good library is a central repository of information, a place that keeps a record of our lives and times. Consider the microfilm room. This special library department contains seemingly endless archives of local, regional, and sometimes even national newspapers that allow you to quickly travel back through time and see what was making headlines on any given day in the past. The microfilm room at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (BECPL) is a beloved resource that offers thousands of rolls of microfilm, containing a robust world of historical information and insight. But in order to access the information on these microfilms, a dedicated microfilm reader is required. These old machines are very large and cumbersome to use, not at all intuitive, and often times require costly repairs. BECPL approached Biel’s with hopes of finding a way to bring their microfilmed archives into the 21st century, thereby creating a more modern, user-friendly experience for their patrons.

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