Multimedia Information and Techology: journal news 3 March2010

Multimedia Information and Techology: journal news

3 March 2010

Film scanner wins ePHOTOzine award

Free Windows tips

January Network Newsletter published

SLA Europe all of a Twitter, speakers include Hazel Hall

Now online: The Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2006

COPAC now covers Royal College of Music holdings


1.Film scanner wins ePHOTOzine award

Plustek’s latest film scanner, the OpticFilm 7600i SE, has won ePHOTOzine’s coveted ‘Highly Recommended’ award. This compact device is for scanning 35mm slides and negatives. The scanner is ideal for producing high quality images on a computer for archiving, printing, enlarging, and sharing with friends and family.

Improvements include increase in D-max from 3.3 to 3.5 and a new multi-exposure function. The scanner can also now be used with Apple Mac computers. ePHOTOzine liked the OpticFilm 7200i when they tested it in 2006, and four years on they like the OpticFilm 7600i SE even more.

“Scan speed has improved dramatically since we tested the OpticFilm 7200i… and it compares extremely well against other scanners”, said ePHOTOzine. “The OpticFilm 7600i SE looks and operates like the OpticFilm 7200i we’ve already tested, but this scanner has three major differences: faster scanning times, a higher dynamic range, and multi-scan.

Pricing and availability
The OpticFilm 7600i SE costs £269 and can be purchased from Jessops.

2.Free Windows tips from My Digital Dialogue

Tips in recent e-news include:

  • Pressing the Windows and M key together (at the same time) will minimise all the windows open (handy if you don’t want people walking by to see your screen!)
  • Giving a presentation in PowerPoint and want people to listen, rather than reading the screen?  Press the letter B or W to display a black or white screen.
  • To enter the current date in Excel press Ctrl + ;
  • Want to change the line spacing in Word?  Highlight the text and press Ctrl + 2 for double spacing Ctrl + 1 for single spacing

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3.January’s Network Newsletter

The Network Newsletter: tackling social exclusion in libraries, museums, archives and galleries. The Network’s Website is at and includes information on courses, good practice, specific socially excluded groups, as well as the newsletter archive.

Contents include:

–        Role of public libraries in supporting and promoting digital participation

–        NIACE’s annual survey of digital participation, 2009

4.COPAC adds Royal College of Music Library’s holdings

The Library contains a wealth of material, over 400,000 items, ranging from rare, early 16th-Century printed music to standard musical repertoire and from 78 rpm recordings to compact discs and DVDs. The collections of music literature include much rare material as well as all the major encyclopaedias, bibliographies, catalogues and standard works in most musical genres, as well as over 600 music periodical titles.

Details of other libraries to be added to Copac are available from

5.SLA Europe course on Twitter: 16th March, London

Everyone is talking about Twitter these days. Celebrities, politicians and the average person on the street are all posting tweets to keep their followers up to date on what they are doing, but is it also useful as a business information tool? What value can it provide to businesses and to you, as an information professional?

SLA Europe has three experts in the field of social media who will be sharing their views on how we can successfully use Twitter at work:

  – *Julie Hall, *the founder of Women Unlimited and owner of Springmedia

  – *Judith Lewis, *Director of Seshet Consulting and regular blogger on    SEO Chicks

 – *Dr Hazel Hall, *Director of the Centre for Social Informatics with

 research expertise in online information sharing

 – *Bob De Laney*, from our sponsor Lexis Nexis, will chair the evening.

Where: Balls Brothers at Minster Pavement, Minster Court, Mincing Lane, London EC3R 7PP

*When: **Tuesday 16th March, 6pm Registration 6:30pm Start*  Followed by a networking opportunity over drinks and canapés.

*Tickets:* SLA Members – free; Non-Members £10.00 (cash or cheques please, paid on the door).

Register here:

6.Financial Times historical archive goes online

The Financial Times Historical Archive 1888-2006 offers complete digital run of world’s most authoritative daily business newspaper with annual updates, offering researchers and historians online access to the complete run of the world’s most authoritative daily business newspaper, from its first issue in 1888 to the end of 2006, with additional annual updates.

Approximately 790,000 fully searchable pages, including every article, advertisement and market listing, are now viewable individually and in the context of the full page and issue on the day they were published. Available as a subscription or one-off purchase to all academic, public and government libraries, the archive has been created from existing microfilm master copies and each item has been categorised by subject or topic to allow fast retrieval and review of relevant articles.

The full archive is now available by subscription or purchase and uniquely, this key title will soon be cross-searchable with The Times and The Economist, creating an authoritative historical newspaper resource spanning three centuries. For more information about the Financial Times Historical Archive or to request your free trial, please contact or visit: <> .


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