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April - June 2013     VOLUME 17 ISSUE 2
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Have You Tried Leesburg's New ScanPro 2000?

Technology Improves Genealogy and Local History Research
Carol Anderson

The Leesburg Public Library is delighted to announce a new addition to our Genealogy and Local History Department. Our Friends of the Leesburg Library fund-raising initiative raised $12,280 for the purchase of a ScanPro 2000 digital microfilm scanning station, thanks to the generous donations and tremendous support received from members of the community and several historical, genealogical, and lineage organizations. This goal was achieved in a few short months, and the ScanPro was installed in January.

The Friends of the Leesburg Library was established to assist the Leesburg Library to maintain its high standard of service to our community. Without the support of the citizens of Leesburg and the surrounding area, the Friends’ goal to provide additional equipment and materials would not be possible.

The Leesburg Public Library owns over 900 reels of microfilm including the archival collection of past issues of the Leesburg newspaper – some back to the 1890s. As a Family History Affiliate Library since June 2010, the Library also enables patrons to order and view microfilm from the vast collection of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. We average 55-60 users of our microfilm reading equipment each month. Many of these users view more than one reel per visit. This new technology allows for image enhancement and printing, e-mailing, or saving the images to flash drive or CD.
Our ScanPro 2000 is already very popular with our genealogy and local history patrons.

Be sure to come to the Leesburg Public Library to try it out – we’ll be so very proud to show off our new technology!