The awards are given by librarians in the United States. Our long-standing sales partner The Crowley Company accepted the awards and received an additional Award: “Service of the Year” for its digitisation services.
The Modern Library Awards were created to recognize the top products and services in the library industry. Applications were submitted in the Fall of 2021, batched into small groups and sent to the LibraryWorks database of more than 80,000 librarians at public, K-12, academic and special libraries for judging. Only customers having experience with the products or services submitted were permitted to judge, resulting in an unbiased format.
Available in the UK and Ireland exclusively through Genus. Crowley’s two scanner entries – the Zeutschel ScanStudio and the Crowley UScan+ HD – garnered Platinum-level awards. All entries were ranked and scored by direct end-users. Judging was on a scale of 1-10 and covered the areas of functionality, value and customer service.
Crowley’s 2022 Honourees
Zeutschel ScanStudio Document and Graphic Arts Scanner. A consecutive year Platinum honouree, the ScanStudio is hailed as an all-in-one graphic arts capture studio for archives and libraries with multi-media collections, the Zeutschel ScanStudio utilizes high-quality German engineering to expertly digitise all media types including: photos, negatives; bound and loose documents; stamps and collections with fine detail; oversized maps, blueprints and more. Available in A0, A1 and A2 sizes, the ScanStudio offers an option of 100 or 150 MP cameras use and can consistently capture images meeting 4-star FADGI guidelines.
Crowley UScan+ HD Universal Film (UF) Scanner Series. In developing and manufacturing the UScan+ HD UF scanner line as a part of the Crowley brand, the company employed decades of industry-leading Mekel Technology and Wicks and Wilson technologies, marrying high-volume microfilm digitisation expertise with library reading room requirements. Driven by affordability and ease-of-use, the Uscan+ HD-series is utilized for microfilm research, low-volume microfilm collection digitisation and as a replacement for outdated microfilm reader-printers.
Scanner benefits include an 18-megapixel ultra-high resolution active pixel area array sensor and a full host of versatile features including: batch scanning; optical character recognition (OCR) capability; optional pay-per-use interfaces; ILL-compatibility; image editing; multiple print and electronic output options; and many others.
Since 2015, The Crowley Company products and services have won a total of 25 Modern Library Awards. Past award-winning scanners not mentioned above include the Zeutschel OS Q-series, OS 14000, OS 12002 and zeta scan systems and the Crowley ODS book scanner. All available through Genus in the UK & Ireland.
“The awards are not only an expression of our innovation leadership in the market, but also the result of the excellent work of our US partner The Crowley Company. For this, many thanks to the entire Crowley team”, commented Jörg Vogler, President of Zeutschel.
And Pat Crowley, President of The Crowley Company adds:“To be honored with a Modern Library Award is, by extension, to be honored by our customers. Because the awards are based on client and end-user feedback, they are especially gratifying. I find it a testament as well to our manufacturing, imaging, technical support and scanner representative teams for establishing such diverse longevity in both this awards program and the cultural heritage and records management markets in general.”
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About the Modern Library Awards program
The Modern Library Awards (MLAs) is a review program designed to recognize elite products and services in the market which can help library management personnel enhance the quality-of-experience for the library user and increase the performance of their library systems.