Tuesday, June 6, 2023

New microfilm reader at the Dresden Library

dresden reader

The Dresden Library has added a brand new feature to their facility, which will be geared towards researchers and history buffs in the community.

Sarah Hart, manager of marketing, outreach and programs for the Chatham-Kent Public Library, said during a presentation to council on Monday that the Dresden Branch launched a brand new microfiche reader printer.

“We know there is a lot of research done in Dresden and our equipment there couldn’t support that well,” Hart said. We were able to partner with the McKeough Foundation Trinity Christian Centre, Catherine McVean Chapter IODE, Dresden Sports Hall of Fame and the Friends of the Dresden Public Library to buy an upgraded digital version of a microfilm reader.”

Hart said this will allow people to do local history research right at the Dresden Branch.

“They will have access to all the Dresden historical newspapers,” she said. “We can bring newspapers from other communities of course for them to do research all across Chatham-Kent. They will be able to use the digital reader to see things very clearly, print, save to a USB key, email files to themselves. It will just really facilitate an easier process of research and we hope it will be well used in Dresden.”

North Kent Coun. Joe Faas said he thinks the new piece of equipment will be well used in Dresden.

“I find that every time I go, there is good attendance and there could be people learning the computer or a program going on,” he said. “It’s a centre where people go and it’s not just a case of picking up books but there are other activities going on there and I am very impressed with it, and I am very impressed with the staff there. So when you mention customer service, it is second to none.

– Photo from Facebook: Councillor Faas taking in all the fantastic features of Dresden Branch’s new microfilm reader as demonstrated by Megan Cowan, Circulation Services Librarian.

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