Library unveils new ‘EZ Scan’ system

Stoughton Public Library technical services supervisor Sarah Bukrey demonstrates the library’s new EZ Scan, which provides a place for people to FAX documents at a minimal charge.

They haven’t quite gone the way of the rotary phone and the 8-track player, but FAX machines are becoming a technology of the past. And that can be a problem, as some healthcare and insurance companies still require documents to be received by fax, for privacy and security reasons.

So to help fill that need, the Stoughton Public Library is now offering FAX service through its new “EZ Scan” FAX station, which can do more than just FAX documents.

Adult services librarian Amanda Bosky said the library receives many requests from patrons to FAX documents, but staff didn’t previously have a way to do that. They had worked with TBS, a Madison-based telecommunications company, to add wireless printing to our list of services about a year ago, and when they offered a demonstration of the Scan-EZ machine.

Bosky said library technical services supervisor Sarah Bukrey was immediately impressed by the station, with its large touch screen and oversized icons, as “extremely user friendly.” Library staff were also thrilled by the extra features the station offers, such as photo retouching, scanning a document to translate it into a different language, and scanning a document to create an audio file of the text.

She said in the past two months, patrons have scanned more than 450 pages for faxing, emailing, saving to a flash drive, or saving to a Google drive. The library charges 50 cents per page, with a maximum charge of $5 for, even if a document is more than 10 pages. 

To print anything out, the charge is 15 cents per page for black and white and 50 cents for color. For more information, call 608-873-6281 or email storef@stolib.org.

Contact reporter Scott De Laruelle @sdelaruelle@orourkemediagroup.com

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