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Presentation by Senior Archivist, Lise Summers, on the impact of digital technologies to assist clients access and use archival material.

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  • 1. From photocopy to photograph:putting copying in the hands of the user Dr Lise Summers State Records Office of Western Australia

2. State Records Office- a brief introduction

  • Encourage good recordkeeping in WA State and Local Government agencies
  • Manage and provide access to the State archives collection

3. The State archives collection

  • Archives: materials deemed to have long term cultural or historical value
  • Archives created by WA Colonial, State and Local Governments since 1829
  • State Archives collection began 1945
  • Currently 15km in State Records Office custody

4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

  • Used for -Heritage research
  • Native title research
  • Family history
  • House history
  • Graduate and post graduateresearch
  • Legal research


  • Issues -
  • Handling
  • Support
  • Heat
  • Light
  • Staff time

Photocopiers 10.

  • Flat bed scanners introduced 2000 for plans.
  • Digitised microfilm introduced 2006
  • Digital cameras introduced 2007

Alternatives 11. Power to the people

  • Microfilm scanners allows clients to save images from microfilm to USB in tiff and jpeg format.
  • Client Copy Centre allows clients to digitise files and volumes using camera stand and remote view software. Images saved to USB or CD.

12. Microfilm scanners

  • Canon MS800 first introduced with external CD drive.
    • Staff had to turn on drive and load software
    • Staff often involved in identifying and burning images.
    • USB allows clients to save directly to USB.
    • So popular we had to establish time limits!

13. Client Copy Centre

  • Based on successful NAA digitisation on demand setup
  • Canon camera with remote capture and live view software
  • Copy stand
  • Clients can save to CD or USB drive
  • Again, so popular we had to introduce time limits.

14. 15. Issues

  • Copyright
  • Changing technologies
  • Staff and client training

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