New York based Guilford Publications recently called on British Library Imaging Services to help them complete their back file journal collections, by digitising items which were held at the British Library. David Mitchell, Director at Guilford explained the project they were working on “We had done full archive scanning projects in the past, and found the hardest part of it was locating every issue, and then, hoping they did not get lost in transit back and forth to the scanner . We wanted to do more back volume scanning projects, but weren't sure how easy it would be to find all those issues”.
The British Library holds one of the world’s greatest collections of materials and by digitising with British Library Imaging Services, Guilford received access to materials which were incomplete in their own collections. With over 56 million items in the collection at the British Library, Imaging Services are in a unique position of being able to digitally replace missing items from collections, or provide clearer copies of damaged material.
Having heard of British Library Imaging Services and the unique access provided to the collections through the service, Guilford soon turned to the resource - “A quick look at the BL's extensive holdings confirmed they had what we needed to make the complete archive”.
David was also impressed with the service provided by Imaging Services, adding - “The quality was excellent, as was the experience of dealing with the British Library's staff. Although it was a transatlantic transaction, it was really easy to set up - you could just as easily have been in Boston, Massachusetts as Boston Spa!”