Depending on when you grew up, you may remember fondly the times when documents were stored in real archives. You had to purchase or request access to a library’s archive room, then sift through delicately preserved books, folders, and newspapers to find information. It was a painstaking process, to be sure, but it was all about the thrill of the hunt.

This picture is in stark contrast to the age of digital documents that we view on a screen with a few keystrokes. What facilitated the dramatic leap from dimly lit, dusty archive rooms to our age of easy sharing? The answer is the scanner. Many technological advancements brought about the change that made research a serious occupation available to nearly everyone, but the scanner is the key component that democratize documents.

The Scanner and Democratization of Access

Whether you’re clicking through the vast documents and pictures on the American Memory site of the Library of Congress or reading through a history blog, you’re experiencing the power of the scanner. Documents that could otherwise have been unavailable to anyone except their owner or curator, locked in basements and stored in attics, are available to the public through this small but incredible machine.

Scanners for Educators

The scanner is an invaluable resource in the office of a teacher or professor, no doubt. But think of the resources that scanned documents, available through the Internet or libraries, affords to educators. Without the ability to scan, an educator might not be able to track down a historical picture for a lecture or find the right information about a historical, political movement. Educators can provide scanned copies of old poems and books that are now public domain without asking students to purchase costly materials. The great works of the biggest names in literature are available for nearly everyone through the power of the scanner.

The scanner is an incredible tool. Take advantage of its power by contacting Capital Business Systems.