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 Systems scan book pages with the book facing up, and they can scan two pages at a time, automatically split the image into two separate images – all in one step. Scanning face up is dramatically faster than the conventional face-down method that most scan stations employ.
KIC even removes those ugly black edges and straightens content, producing clean, professional looking results automatically. Extra thick books and even tightly-bound books are no problem for KIC.
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 large bed
& capture two pages at a time
- much faster than flatbed
scanners and copiers.
Use whole pages or clip
selected pictures, graphs,
text, etc. using KIC's large
Save scanned images to USB
flash drive or cloud storage,
send them via email address
or transfer images directly to a
tablet, notebook PC, or smart
Enhance reports in a word
processing program. Drag de-
sired images from a flash drive,
Cloud storage or email directly
into a word processing pro-
gram, or save images to your
computer desktop and use the
'insert picture' function.
Once images are imported
into a word processing pro-
gram, you may want to resize
or reposition them or select
from several ways that your
text can wrap around the
Quickly scan many pages
to take with you and study
at your convenience in
the comfort of your home
where you can read, search,
markup, and print at your
With KIC in your library,
instructors are no longer
restricted to a single text
book. They can freely
assign many excerpts
from many books without
adding to the students'
already high cost of text
Library patrons bring loose
paper from home to scan,
fax and send via email or
save to a USB device. A
$5 USB thumb drive can
store thousands of important
"I selected excerpts from eight books and created the text book I use for my Civil War class."
Many citizens don't have a safe, reliable place to store and organize their important documents. Documents scanned at the local library can be viewed with any low cost smart phone.
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: