We’re written about a few of our digitization techniques from the context scanner to flatbed scanning, but now it’s time to get into the hard stuff- that’s right I’m talking about the fancy book scanners.



These book scanners, known as ATIZ (pronounced A-tease) workstations, are used from imaging rare books –ones we can’t chop into pieces.


Like these beautiful books from the Langmann collection!


The workstations are made of a frame with two Canon 5D Mark II cameras. There is also a book cradle to support the books.


This is the right hand side camera


The book cradle is covered in green paper to make it easier to edit out of the picture


After turning on the ATIZ machine, the lights, and the computer software program we use to take the pictures called VMWare Fusion, we turn on the cameras. To focus the cameras we use an attachment that projects a laser onto the page of the cradle for a short time. The cameras are able to lock in on the laser, using it to focus correctly on the page.


Can you see the faint line here?

The book to be scanned is placed in the book cradle. A glass plate is lowered on top of the pages to smooth and flatten them. The plate is attached to a spring to adjust to the book height.


Then the cameras, remember there is one for each page(!) must be selected and adjusted to take the images in the proper order. It’s easy to check the image is perfect on the Live View on the attached computer.


A red laser makes it easy to center the book on a center gridline.There is a keypad the scanner can use to get the cameras to shoot in sequential order, shoot the right hand or the left hand page. For each page the glass plate is lifted, the page is turned, and the process is repeated!




At DI we’ve scanned around 10,000 books over the past 5 years this way!

Digitization is no joke, it’s IMG_20151014_162447 ! Badum tish!


nitobe symposium posterThe Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts (CAUSA) presents a one-day symposium on January 9, 2016 from 10:30am-5:30pm. Speakers will touch on topics such as observations and reflections concerning “problems of authenticity” and “factors of futurity” within both the socially engaged practice of landscape architecture and its continually rigorous conservation and revivification.

Affiliated with the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, CAUSA aims to develop autonomous scholarly analysis and interpretation of visual culture (including problems of intelligibility) within specific historical contexts. CAUSA functions in association with a ‘global village’ network of independent and institutional scholars – in tandem with a pluralistic community of socially engaged contemporary artists.

CAUSA sustains a continuative process of philosophical reflection by connecting its program of research to an expansive glimmering that was first formulated by Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian philosopher of communication theory.

Event details

When: January 9, Saturday 2016 | 10:30am-5:30pm
Where: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, (Rm. 301, Lillooet Room)


  • Adrian Archambault, Archivist/Architectural Heritage Advocate
  • Donald Luxton, Architect/Heritage Advocate/Consultant
  • Terrence Russell, Department of Asian Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg
  • Ryo Sugiyama, Curator, Nitobe Memorial Garden, UBC
  • Cornelia Oberlander, founder of Cornelia Han Oberlander Landscape Architects

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Poets and local writers are rejoicing with UBC Library’s Digitization Centre’s digitization of PRISM international.

PRISM is the oldest literary magazine in western Canada, established in 1959. It is well known for publishing both acclaimed Canadian writing and international literature.

“The digitization of PRISM international’s archives is an important step in preserving and promoting influential literature, both Canadian and international,” says current Poetry Editor, Dominique Bernier-Cormier.

Digitization allows anyone with an interest in literature to look at more than 50 years of work by prominent authors, and provides the opportunity to discover new generations of writers. More than a dozen award-winning writers have been featured in the magazine, from Canadian writers Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje to Nobel Prize winners Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Seamus Heaney.

In 1977, the magazine became a student-run publication, run by graduate students of UBC Creative Writing program. Several of the editors have gone on to become noted authors, novelists and poets, such as Jacob Zilber, Steven Galloway, Madeleine Thien and Sheryda Warrener.

PRISM‘s digitized archives are essential in connecting different communities, and generations, of writers and readers,” says Bernier-Cormier. The PRISM website offers reviews, interviews with authors, and contests for emerging writers – some of which are featured in the magazine itself.

The digitization project was initiated and funded by PRISM staff, and took the Digitization Centre four months to complete. 194 issues of the magazine are now available online, from 1959 to 2015. New issues will be added as they are published.

For more information, visit the PRISM collection in the Library’s Digital Collections portal.



PRISM covers 

Issue 48:2 (2010), Issue 47:2 (2009), Issue 46:3 (2008)

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