Those worried about their piles of deteriorating film and wanting to preserve their old photos will have the opportunity to benefit from a new service being provided at Hruska Memorial Public Library.
The Hruska Memorial Public Library, 399 N. Fifth St., recently acquired a Wolverine Film to Digital Converter. The device digitizes film negatives and is available for library patrons to use.
“It’s a very cheap way to convert your photos,” Catalog/Circulation Librarian Cheryl Hein said. “If they find grandma’s negatives in the attic, they should come in and convert them.”
The library bought the device back in August and has since used it to digitize several pieces in its photo collection. Now visitors are able to stop on by the front desk to use the device to digitize photos of their own.
“We've had it now for a couple of months and we’re now getting ready to share it with the public,” Library Director Kay Schmid said.
The Wolverine works with the following formats: 33 mm, 127, 126, 110, APS slides and negatives, regular 8 mm and Super 8 movies. All people have to do is push a film strip or roll through the scanner. Using a 20 Megapixel sensor, the device creates high-resolution scans of film up to 5472 x 3648 pixels in just three seconds. Users are able to view these images using the device's 4.3-inch color LCD screen.
The user is then able to decide whether or not to save a digital copy of that photo on to an SD card. This type of memory storage is used in any digital camera today and can be used to transfer data to a computer that has an SD card slot. People are asked to provide their own SD card to transfer and save the photos on to. An SD card can be purchased at most electronic stores, Walmart or online.
“It’s a simple little device, nothing fancy, but bit does what its supposed to do,” Schmid said.
Those unfamiliar with the device are encouraged to go slow at first, Schmid said, adding they should start out by digitizing a couple photos at first in order to get a feel for the Wolverine.
So far, Schmidt said no one has used the device. But, she noted she is confident it will see some action once word gets out. And Hein agrees. She said she anticipates the device will be popular among those interested in genealogy.
“I think in the future it will be used, very much, by the public,” Hein said.
Eric Schucht is a reporter with The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.