Knowledge Imaging Center "KIC" Systems
KIC is an indispensable study and research tool that enhances reports and papers with crystal clear color and black & white pictures, graphs, and excerpts from books, magazines and journals. In addition, as a UDSA compliant digitize-on-demand system conveniently located among the stacks, KIC can be used as an ad hoc digitization station by Preservation, Archive and Interlibrary Loan departments.
KIC system scan a "two-up" page of a book, analyze the single image, and automatically split the image into two separate images - all in one step that takes just 5 seconds.
In addition, the black edges are automatically removed and the content straightened, producing clean, professional looking images - important for electronic reserves, course curriculum materials and research reports. These automatic image treatment function can also save a lot of time for faculty and administrators.
The capture area of copiers is less than half that of KIC while the capture area of typical scanners is smaller still.
With a large 17 X 24 inch scan area, the KIC system captures it all! The smaller capture areas of standard scanners and copiers are shown below.
The face-up scanning capability of KIC Bookeye 4 and KIC Click™ systems enables users to capture multiple pages far more easily than ever before - books no longer need to be flipped over to turn the page and then flipped back over for each scan or copy. KIC systems scan up to ten times faster than a typical flatbed scanner and over twice as fast as a high speed copier. In addition, it produces either color or black & white images for the same cost, which equates to substantial savings. Finally, KIC promotes a cleaner environment by reducing paper and toner use.
Unlike Born Digital material which must be purchased on a subscription
basis, converting print to digital with KIC can be done on an unlimited basis.
KIC converts your huge investment in printed
monograms and serials into digitize-on-demand
collections for an insignificant percentage of
the value of their content.
KIC's revolutionary True-2-Touch user interface is so intuitive that even the most inexperienced users can immediately scan materials and save them on a USB thumb drive in minutes.
Ease-of-use is an essential feature of KIC. The "Scan" and "Save, Send or Print" buttons occupy a very large portion of the 17" touch screen. The "Save" button defaults to an output method that is selectable by the institution. If a flash drive is inserted, KIC detects this and the output button changes to indicate that it will save to the flash drive. Users can override the default output method by manually selecting one or more other methods of output.
To fully earn the 'hybrid library' designation, a library's print collections must be available in digital format. KIC systems allow your students and faculty to select material for quick and easy self-serve digitization, providing a valuable conduit between your print collections and patron PCs.
KIC's self-serve digitize-on-demand capabilities leverage your library's most valuable assets. Digital images don't have the limitations of physical copies. They can instantly be shared with fellow researchers around the world via email, dramatically facilitating collaboration.
Place books face-up on KIC's large bed and scan two pages at a time - much faster than flatbed scanners and copiers.
Use whole pages or clip selected pictures, graphs, text, etc. using the computer touch screen.
Save some or all scanned images to USB flash drive or send them to an email address.
View reports in a word processing program on a home or notebook computer. Drag desired images from a flash drive or email directly into a word processing program or save images to your computer desktop and use the 'insert picture' function.
Once images are imported into a word processing program, you may want to format the picture (e.g. select an alternate layout) and resize or reposition it.
Quickly scan many pages to take with you and study at your convenience in the comfort of your home.
KIC systems are built for continuous use in public areas.
Bookeye scanners are commonly used in demanding, 24/7 production environments.
Highly durable touch screens provide accuracy and sensitivity to the user's touch while offering outstanding resistance to contaminants such as dirt, liquids, and harsh chemicals.
The cabinet is constructed of heavy-gauge aluminum and steel with high durability baked-on paint and locking wheels.
KIC is also compatible with all standard copy card and coin-op devices. Since KIC transfers images to users' computers via flash drives, email & FTP, there need not be any costly expendables ... none, even for color! The library can opt to keep all revenue it collects.
Higher education libraries across America hold $100 Billion in scholarly knowledge, the majority of which can't be found on the internet. This knowledge has been amassed through careful selection over many years and is augmented at substantial expense every year. And, thanks to U.S. copyright law, this knowledge is free to scan an unlimited number of times, or until the books disintegrate.
Because of this, hundreds of universities across America have added high-speed self-serve book scanning machines to their library floors; machines that create digital content at rates of 5 to 20 pages per minute. These self-serve Knowledge Imaging Centers are much gentler on books and produce higher-quality digital content than the paper reprints produced by paper
copiers. The images can cost as little as 1¢ per page and are readable on tablets & smart phones as well as notebooks and regular PCs. The images can be printed at any time for those who still prefer hard copy.
Paper copiers are as necessary as ever in administrative areas across campus, but copier companies don't want to give up that one place they no longer belong, the library floor.
Meanwhile, book spines are being damaged, paper is being wasted, and students are not seeing their libraries as the vast free sources for scholarly knowledge that they are.
Fortunately, academic libraries exist to serve students. The first step is for students to inform the libraries as to just how important it is to switch from paper copiers to digital book scanners that can print if desired. The next step depends on circumstances at your particular institution. Every year, libraries spend many times more money on printed books and journals than the cost of an entire fleet of new high-speed scanners. But some libraries have no control ever any of that budget money. At these institutions, faculty specifies what is purchased. So, the library must use other funds to purchase these units. If yours is such an institution, it is especially important to convey just how much students value getting unlimited, free digital content from their libraries, and that it's worth the effort to scape together the necessary funds from various other budgets.
Another means of acquiring KIC systems is to use student-administered funds (i.e. student technology funds.). These non-library funds can be used to purchase a pilot set of one small KIC, one medium KIC and one large KIC. Once they're in the library, their popularity with students will make it much easier to justify all the efforts necessary to piece together the funds and to tell the entrenched copier companies that the library floor is no longer their domain.
Alternately a relatively small portion of these funds can be used to upgrade from basic copies replacement Knowledge Imaging Centers that scan 5 pages per minute to faster KIC systems that scan up to 20 pages per minute.Should copier companies determine how one of your university's great resources is to be used?
Should copier companies determine how one of your university's great resources is to be used? That is just what is happening in many universities. If your students want to go digital (digitize on demand), you may have to take it up with the university department that negotiated a campus-wide contract with a copier company and ask that the library floors be excerpted from the contract because:
........ We love the KIC scanner. It is incredibly fast and simple to use. - Art Institute of Chicago
........ Students refer to KIC as the system that does everything. - Northwestern
........ We are thrilled with the KIC and Opus scanning systems - University of Oregon
........ KIC is the best asset in the library. - Southern Methodist University
........ We love how simple the KIC scanner is. Scanning face up makes it so easy for delicate books.- UCLA
........ KIC is free, it's convenient, and it keeps you out of the copy line. - Amherst College
........ My favorite is the new KIC Bookeye scanner...it has been quite popular.... It's so cool and scans super-fast. - Boston University
........ There are two pieces of equipment that I love in this library; the hole puncher and the KIC scan station, because they both work every time! - Florida Atlantic University
........ We are replacing all our copiers with KIC... We are thrilled with KIC. - Fuller Theological Seminary
........ Everything works so well - BSCAN ILL with the Bookeye has exceeded our expectations! - George Mason University
........ Thank you for providing such a great product and such great service, and for being committed to making sure that your product continues to be the best that it can be! - Maryville University
........ We're VERY pleased with BSCAN ILL, Everything is working great! - Tufts University
........ Our ILL Department is practically based on our Bookeye scanner with Bscan ILL, we love this product. - University of Memphis
........ We're very impressed with the quality of the scans from our Bookeye 4. - University of South Florida
........ We're so pleased with the service from DLSG at Image Access. - University of Vermont
........ I was extremely impressed with the level of service and dedication ... always a pleasure using your products! - University of Washington, Seattle
........ Opus FreeFlow and our Bookeye scanner are so great we bought a second one! - Wayne State University
........ It's all working great! - Western Connecticut State University
........ Everyone is really liking KIC. It is totally saving us a lot of time. KIC is very intuitive and simple to use. - Montana State University Billings
........ We love our Bookeye 3, love it. We love Opus FreeFlow too. - University of Houston
........ We love Opus FreeFlow and all the auto features, like the thumb removal and the book deskew. The quality of the images are absolutely amazing. - The American Museum of Natural History
........ We love BscanILL and how it automatically sends out articles to the users. - University of Denver
........ Wow! KIC is very easy to use and is self explanatory. Everyone at the school has had nothing but praise for it - Cleveland State University
........ Given the virtual aspect of students learning today, this method of research material delivery is essential. - University of Washington
........ We love KIC with the Bookeye4 scanner. The Inter-library Loan department salivates on a regular basis. They have orbital (face-up) scanners of their own, but they come down to use KIC because they like it much better. - Texas A& M
........ It's the most essential piece of equipment in our library. - Baylor University
........ The KIC interface is ten times better than the BookScan Station(CCP, Scannx, Xerox) user interface. - Harvard University
........ We LOVE LOVE LOVE the cropping features and the upload speed on our KIC Bookeye4! - The Brooklyn Museum of Art
........ We love our KICs! - Howard Hughes Medical Center
........ I can see so many uses for this KIC book scanning system, and it will definitely save wear and tear on library materials. - Northwestern State University
........ KIC is what people want. We have noticed a significant decrease in photocopy use and an increase in scanner use. The KIC scanners are more efficient and they save paper. Both students and faculty like how easy they are to use and that they save time. - University of Missouri, Kansas City
........ I'm very pleased with the Bookeye and Opus FreeFlow, more importantly the service supplied by your team. I want to commend all of you! I may be used as a reference! - 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
........ We have been very pleased with this scanner and software(BSCAN ILL with Bookeye scanner), both with the quality of the scans and with the workflow efficiencies it offers. Support for the product by the vendor has also been very satisfactory...(in addition) we are filling a larger number of journal article requests from full-text online databases. - University of St. Thomas
........ Opus searchable pdf's are more reliable, take less time and are much better than the Acrobat text pdf's. -Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
........ As with all really cool, useful technology it was very popular so we are thrilled to announce that a second KIC has been set up on the first floor of our library. - Plattsburgh State University of New York
........ Students line up to use KIC instead of photocopiers. Our users are loving that they do not have to pay for scanning with KIC. -University of Texas, Arlington
........ I am always impressed with the service that DSLG/Image Access provides. -Columbia Law School
........ We love the BookEdge so much more than the Scannx product. KICs interface is so easy to use, it is just two steps. - Millersville University of Pennsylvania
........ I'm very impressed with Bookeye 4 scanner and BSCAN ILL software. We increased our productivity... what took me 4 hours in the past, now it takes me just 1 hour. We are very happy. - Midwestern State University
........ I love the excellent and prompt service you guys provide, I know a lot of tech companies that provide terrible service. KIC is very easy and simple to use. I love that it splits the pages for you. - Miami University of Ohio
........ Wow, you guys(service department) are awesome. These are the best scanners ever. - Colorado State University
........ We've been scanning our older public records using a Bookeye since 2006. Digitizing our records and making them available on line is one of the best decisions we made. - Hendricks County
........ KIC is very popular here, people use it all the time. I love how it performs so quickly. - Bentley University
........ We and our patrons are thrilled with the KIC BookEdge! - St. Mary's College of Maryland
........ Our new WideTEK25 scanner so beautiful! The quality of images is so impressive. We are extremely happy to have this scanner in our department. -Northeastern University
........ KIC made my life so much easier during a stressful exam week! - Duke University
........ Our KIC BookEdge is our new best friend! It has enhanced our ILL process and solved the problem of copying tightly bound journals with almost no gutter left. Our students love using it too! - Baylor University, School of Nursing
........ The KIC BookEdge + is a very intuitive system. I got the hang of it quickly... I don 't know how, but you folks built a machine that knew what I was thinking, what I was needing. ... Just feedback to show my appreciation for KIC and your super service. Like I said, you guys made me feel important! - Texas Tech University
........ Our KIC BookEdge system looks so much nicer than the Scannx (Xerox, CCP), the cabinet looks so sleek. -Villanova
........ If I had the money I'd buy three more of these! (Bookeye 3 R2) We run it day in and day out with great results! - Boston University
........ We Really like KIC, it is very easy and intuitive. -University of San Francisco
........ The BSCAN ILL software and BookEdge scanner has increased our productivity and efficiency significantly. My student workers love it. - Montana State University, Billings
........ Students are absolutely stunned by KIC's abilities. - North Georgia College & State University
........ Our students LOVE the KIC BookEdge systems, so we think they were a great purchase. - Emporia State University
........ I can tell you that of the public scanners we have for patron use, [which includes the Zeta] the KIC BookEye systems are by far the most popular. - Texas A& M University
........ Students love KIC and use it ALL the time. - Paul Smith's College
........ Students LOVE KIC - it's totally intuitive - works like a charm! - St. Mary's College
........ KIC is seriously impacting my printer/copier revenue stream! Students love it! - University of New Hampshire
........ Who needs a photocopier now that we have a KIC book scanning system? - Diablo Valley College
........ We always have long lines to use our 6 KIC scanners! - University of Houston
........ Our KIC was so popular - always a line of students waiting to use it - we had to purchase a second one! - University of Alaska
........ KIC is AWESOME! - University of Oregon .......... We LOVE our KIC book scan stations! - University of Iowa
........ The KIC interface seems to be better designed based on staff and student comments. - Texas A& M
........ Love the KIC scanner. NO need for a photocopier! - University of Pennsylvania
........ We love you KIC scanners AND so do our STUDENTS! Thanks! - Missouri, Columbia
........ We love our KIC system, it is so much cooler than the Ivina. KIC looks like it is from the 21 st century, the other one looks like it is from a hundred years ago. Also we love the fact that you can export as an MP3 in KIC. - Millersville University of Pennsylvania
........ KIC makes my research so much more accessible! Thank ya! - Duke University
........ Students love the KIC, they are always using it. You would think that with all the other technology our library has, that students would use them. No, instead they say'You guys have a KIC!! That is so Cool!' - Miami University of Ohio
........ Without a doubt, the KIC BookEdge is a great machine. But the service we received...is what made the sale. - St. Mary's College of Maryland
........ People love the KIC Bookeye4 scanner, they love using the cradles. - Columbia Law School
........ Our administrators have noted that photocopier activity has gone down in the past years, and they are attributing that to KIC ... the quality of the scans are excellent ... The Bookeyes are amazing scanners. - University of Texas
........ The opportunities created for NSU students to enhance their studies and course materials will be unmatched by most institutions of comparable size---and by many that are much larger! - Northwestern State University
........ Each time I've had the opportunity to introduce a new student to this service, the response has generally been surprise and delight. - University of Washington