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Auto Docs captures social history from classic publications for global researchers using leading technology from i2S DigiBook supported by Spigraph Network


The Mary Evans Picture Library located in Blackheath, London, began life in 1964, with a philosophy that has remained un­changed for over 40 years: to make avail­able and accessible images created over the centuries that were originally pub­lished in books, on posters, in advertise­ments, or as prints. Included in their col­lection are original copies of many popular illustrated periodicals whose content are of great value to researchers worldwide as they provide a window into society's past. But accessing their content meant either a visit to the Mary Evans library in person, or piecemeal requests for copies.

ProQuest, head-quartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is in the business of providing content access solutions for researchers and libraries globally. In 2014 ProQuest obtained the digital rights to a portfo­lio of five historic periodicals held at the Mary Evans from the copyright holder, Illustrated London News Ltd. The port­folio consisted of Tatler, The Sphere, The Graphic, The Sketch, and Bystander, all periodicals published between 1869 and 1990. In March 2014 ProQuest issued an RFP for a service provider to capture the entire content of the collection for on-line publication. The challenge for the bidders was that scanning was required to be un­dertaken on site, but the space available within the library for setting up a capture operation was extremely limited. A further challenge was the delivery dates required by ProQuest – they wanted to launch the collection on-line in September 2014 with at least a partially complete catalogue. Including magazine covers, advertising pages, picture pages as well as printed text, the periodical collection was estimat­ed at over 900,000 separate pages.


Automated Document Services Ltd. (Auto Docs) – is a document capture services agency based in Glasgow, Scotland. Auto Doc’s core team have over fourteen years experience specialising in the digitisation of books. Auto Docs is unique in Scotland as being the only agency certified to ISO 27001 information security standards, as well as having ISO9001 quality manage­ment accreditation. When the ProQuest RFP was issued in March 2014, Auto Docs was exceptionally well-placed to make a strong bid as they had available both the scanners and the skilled operators required for the Mary Evans project. Key to their capture capability was their CopiBook Cobalt book scanners from i2S DigiBook. Auto Docs is supported by Spigraph Network, exclusive distribution partner for i2S in the UK...