Libraries choose Backstage’s combined digitization and microfilming services for collection preservation

PROVO, Utah, November 16, 2016 –– As digitization and microfilming trends around the world continue to evolve, academic, public and special libraries are turning to Backstage Library Works ( for a combined approach to preservation.

Five microfilm and digitization projects currently underway represent a small percentage of Backstage’s current preservation contracts. Teams are working with a variety of original materials and are delivering digital files according to each client’s specifications:

  • University of California, Santa Barbara – Backstage is digitizing 77 years of UCSB’s newspaper collection (1923-2000). Nearly 65,000 pages will be digitized with an overhead array camera for delivery of TIFF images and searchable PDFs with OCR. Metadata will be provided on the volume, issue number, and number of pages.
  • Suffolk Cooperative Library System, New York – Backstage is microfilming and digitizing 5,254, 2-up pages of the Sag Harbor Express newspaper (2013-2015). Backstage is processing the newspaper in chronological order and will provide one camera master, one print master, and one service copy. They will scan the service copies of microfilm reels, delivering archival TIFFs and searchable PDFs.
  • Iowa State University – Backstage is digitizing nearly 22,000 pages of ISU’s Experiment Station publications (1903-1988). Images are captured using an overhead array camera, and a 180-degree book cradle. Full quality assurance includes 100% inspection of images and inclusion of metadata supplied by the client. Delivery will include both TIFF images and bound PDF/A including OCR from the images for each issue.
  • Millersville University, Pennsylvania – Backstage is digitizing 5,862 pages of a student handbook collection (1907-2000). The digitized handbooks will be added to the library’s existing collection of materials hosted at Keystone Library Network. Materials are scanned with an overhead camera using a 180-degree cradle. After the images are reviewed and approved by Backstage’s quality assurance team, TIFF images will be created to develop PDFs with OCR, bound one per handbook.
  • University of Virginia – Backstage is digitizing nearly 50,000 pages of bound Ph.D. dissertations and master theses. The volumes are digitized using an overhead array camera to capture grayscale and color TIFF images. Backstage will fulfill its 100% quality assurance guarantee by checking for quality and completeness. The images will then be named according to each volume’s 10-digit barcode in addition to following 3-digit sequential counter. Uncompressed TIFF images will be delivered along with a set of searchable PDF/A bound per thesis created.

Backstage’s format capabilities include:

  • Newspapers, serials
  • Microfilm, microfiche
  • Manuscripts
  • Diaries, journals, correspondence
  • Reports
  • Theses, dissertations
  • Yearbooks
  • Oversized books
  • Scrapbooks, clipping files
  • Foldouts (bound inside books)
  • Special paper, printing, and binding types
  • Photographs, slides, negatives, glass plates
  • Color illustrations
  • Blueprints, technical drawings
  • Posters, maps, charts, oversized prints

About Backstage Library Works

Backstage’s objective is to provide the most technologically advanced, high quality, yet efficient means for delivering professional library services. With over 25 years of experience, the company is known for its expertise in handling complex and unique projects. Backstage specializes in solutions for cataloging, authority control, digitization, preservation microfilm, and on-site needs. In providing services to more than a thousand libraries, large and small, public and private, and in locations across the globe, Backstage has cultivated an understanding of libraries, their mission, their operations, and the challenges they face. Backstage offices are located in Provo, Utah, and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Kat Kamp | Marketing Department
Backstage Library Works | Provo, Utah & Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Phone: 801.356.1852 | Fax: 801.356.8220 |

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