Library adds microfilm reader, scanner

by nathan oster

If you’re a history buff, it just got a whole lot easier to research the earliest days of Greybull and the surrounding area.

Volumes upon volumes of old Greybull Standard and Basin Republican-Rustler newspapers which are stored on microfilm at the Greybull Public Library can now be scanned to print or saved to a flash drive or hard drive in less than a second.

The new technology behind this advancement is a ScanPro 800 microfilm reader and scanner along with a new computer and monitor.

A $7,959 grant from the McMurry Library Donor Advised Endowment Fund paid virtually the entire cost of the microfilm reader and scanner.

The Friends of the Greybull Library chipped in the remainder, as well as some extra funds to cover the cost of a new computer hard drive and monitor, all of which is now up and running on the library’s west wall.

The Town of Greybull, including Mayor Bob Graham and Administrator/Finance Director Paul Thur, helped land the McMurry grant, which is closely aligned with the Sykes fund under the umbrella of the Wyoming Community Foundation.

Betty Koller, the manager of the Greybull library, said the old microfilm reader was antiquated and no longer working property for library patrons.

Of all the library’s microfilm offerings, the old newspapers are by far the most popular.  The library has microfilm of some Standards from before 1923.  Between 1923 and 2009, complete volumes are available for viewing. The library also has microfilm of Basin newspapers stretching from 1905 through 1928.

All will now be more accessible, thanks to the new equipment.