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Enterprise IT & Customer Interactions - Infographic

Posted by Dan Termale on Thu, Jan 09, 2014 @ 02:12 PM

According to recent surveys and proven statistics they are showing that companies must achieve consistent and relevant customer interactions across all communication channels to prevent revenue and opportunty losses! This means keeping up with changing technologies and embracing mobile, cloud, and web-based solutions. We hope you enjoy this infographic and maybe these statistics will surprise you! 

Technology Infographic

If you like this infographic and would like more info, Contact Us. The team here at AMS Imaging will help you make the changes your business processes need to stay competitive. 

Tags: AMS Imaging, Mobile Solutions, Smart Process Apps, The Cloud, history

Digitization Preserves the History of the White House Christmas Card

Posted by Cindy Bialy on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 @ 04:32 PM

It must be quite a thrill to actually receive a Christmas card from the President of the United States. For more than half a century there have been official greeting cards from the White House going out to a select number of people for the holidays.

The traditional practice has endured through bright days and dark days, through times of peace and times of conflict. Today the Christmas cards - oops - "Holiday" cards of presidents past are a significant area of holiday collectibles. Thanks to the modern technology of digitization I am able to share with you some of the highlights of Christmas cards sent out from the White House families.

Written on White House stationary in his own hand in 1927, President Calvin Coolidge issued the first official Christmas message to the American people. As a response to numerous requests for the President to send a holiday greeting, President Coolidge asked newspapers across the United States to publish his holiday greeting to the American people. 

calvin coolidge christmas card

In 1931 the president and Mrs. Hoover reproduced favorite family photographs for family, friends, and staff. As an added touch Hoover personalized the holiday greetings photographs with hand-written messages in the margins.

Hoover christmas card

Franklin Delano Roosevelt introduced more of a stylized Christmas card in 1937 which was provided by the distinguished Brewood Engravers. The single-sided FDR offering was a small, three by four inch lithograph of a snow-covered farm with two red barns and two green fir trees. The inscription said simply, “Christmas 1937.”  Basically the Christmas cards remained unchanged for the next several years, except for updating the numbers of the year.

Roosevelt christmas card


Similar to the Roosevelt’s 1935 card, the official 1942 Presidential Christmas card was a single-sided black and white photograph of the President and Mrs. Roosevelt sitting outside of the Oval Office at a drop leaf table. The greeting on the card read, “With Christmas Greetings and our Best Wishes for a Happier New Year, The President and Mrs. Roosevelt.”

 Roosevelt christmas card

 

During the renovation of the White House from November 1948 until March 1952, the President and Mrs. Truman lived in Blair House. The 1951 photo print of the Blair House sent Christmas Greetings to the President and Mrs. Truman’s friends, family and Cabinet.

 Truman christmas card

 

 

President Eisenhower expanded the list of Presidential Christmas cards recipients significantly to 1300 in 1953; the President sent season’s greetings to American ambassadors abroad, members of the Cabinet and Congress, foreign heads of state and government officials. Thereafter, the official Presidential Holiday Greeting was the White House Christmas card.

 

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The design of the Kennedy’s 1961 official card was the Presidential Seal and the words “Season’s Greetings 1961” on smooth white card stock with a wide green silk screen border. The sentiment inside the card read, “The President and Mrs. Kennedy Wish you a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

Kennedy christmas card

 

The 1986 official White House Christmas card was the first card in a series of paintings by Thomas William Jones. Mrs. Reagan showcased three White House rooms that had not previously been the subject of a Presidential Christmas card. The East Room was highlighted for the 1986 card. The State Dining Room and the North Entry Hall were showcased the next two years.

Reagan christmas card

 

 

After the renovation of the Blue Room in the White House, the President and Mrs. Clinton asked Thomas McKnight to provide an artistic image of the Blue Room for their official 1995 Christmas cards. The "Fantasy Blue Room" depicted a cozy room with the Christmas tree in the corner and the White House animals sleeping underneath.

Clinton Christmas cards


 

Lastly, in present time, President Obama and family have departed from the flat, colorful displays of past cards, this year's features a pop-up White House, with Bo and Sunny walking along the front of their home.

Obama Christmas card

 

 

Warmest thougths and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season from Konica Minolta ECM!

Tags: document scanning, history

Rhode Island's Colorful History with Thanksgiving

Posted by Cindy Bialy on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 @ 01:34 PM

Around each holiday I like to provide you with a story or two on the history of that holiday.  The National Archives is a great place to research and discover many fascinating articles about history as it relates to those holidays.  Research is no longer relegated to libraries and research rooms, but is being done around-the-clock on computers around the world.  The National Archives and Records Administration recognizes the need to digitize their holdings and make our nation's archival records readily available to the public online. My online research through their digitized records lead me to a little known Rhode Island story about Horace Vose and the White House Holiday Turkeys.

Rhode Island’s most famous contribution to Thanksgiving at the White House has been it's Vose's Thanksgiving turkeysturkeys – mostly thanks to a Westerly poultry farmer by the name of Horace Vose (1840-1913),a national figure in the late 19th and early 20th century. Vose was known as the man who annually provided the finest turkeys in the land for the first families’ Thanksgiving and Christmas table. Vose began raising turkeys with his uncle in the mid-1850s and in 1873 sent a impressive turkey to President Ulysses S. Grant, beginning a tradition that would last for over four decades as presidents, their families and guests enjoyed Vose’s Thanksgiving and Christmas generosity.

After looking over the best flocks in Rhode Island and Connecticut, Vose, a major poultry supplier to the New York market, selected the presidential bird with great care. Vose’s chosen turkeys never weighed fewer than 30 pounds and sometimes topped the scales at 50 pounds.

Vose always slaughtered and dressed the birds and then shipped them express in a box addressed to the president at the White House. Occasionally Vose had competition. In 1913, former congressman South Trimble of Kentucky, then Clerk of the House of Representatives, sent a turkey to President Wilson; Trimble’s turkey weighed 30 pounds in contrast to Vose’s 37, but Trimble claimed his bird, which had been fed a diet that included red peppers, was much more flavorsome. It is not known which bird won the “honor” of gracing the Wilson table that Thanksgiving Day.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at AMS Imaging!

 

 


Tags: document scanning, Document Imaging, history

Digital Public Library of America Launches to the Public

Posted by Cindy Bialy on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 @ 01:21 PM

digitalpubliclibraryDigital Public Library Of America (DPLA) Launches To Public After two and a half years of planning, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), the U.S.'s first public online-only library, opened its doors today -- or at least was made publicly available on the Internet.

The DPLA is a free, open-source resource that makes a number of digital collections and archives across the country available in one place.  You can access a wealth of knowledge from libraries, archives and museums.  It launched as a series of partnerships with the Smithsonian, the National Archives, New York Public Library, the University of Virginia, Harvard, Digital Library of Georgia, Minnesota Digital Library, Mountain West Digital Library and others. All of the text, photos, videos and audio contained in the DPLA can be searched, or browsed by place or time on the DPLA website.

Read the announcement.

Celebrations of the launch, scheduled to be held at the Boston Public Library today, 4/19, have been postponed, out of respect for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday.

Tags: document scanning, Document Imaging, history

Digitized Christmas Archives Tell of Whitehouse Christmas History

Posted by Cindy Bialy on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 @ 09:39 AM

You are probably thinking, "What is she talking about?"  Although the gifts of iPads and smartphones of the holiday that lay under the tree on Christmas morning remind us we are in the digital age, I am talking about digitizing historical Christmas materials for electronic access. The National Archives and the White House Historical Association have made it easy for anyone to explore through documents, records and books on various topics of choice - in my case my fascination with Holiday traditions in the White House.  What could be more appropriate for this time of the year, then my fun fact finding mission on how Christmas has been celebrated in the White House.

Did you know...

  • Theodore Roosevelt would not permit trees to be cut for use in the White House.
  • The first White House Christmas party was held in December 1800 by President and Mrs. Adams for their 4 year old granddaughter, who was living with them.
  • The first Christmas tree in the White House was placed in the second floor Yellow Oval Room(used as a family parlor and library) in 1889 by President Harrison's family.  It was decorated with candles and toys.
  • The first electric lights on a family tree were used in 1894 during the presidency of Grover Cleveland.
  • The Taft children place the first tree on the State House floor in the Blue Room.
  • President Calvin Coolidge was the first president to preside over theChristmas tree history National Tree lighting ceremony in 1923.
  • The record number of trees in the White House dates to the Eisenhower administration when 26 trees filled every floor of the house.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt always read Charles Dicken's, A Christmas Carol, on Christmas Eve.
  • Beginning in 1961, in the Kennedy Administration, themes have been selected for the Blue Room Tree.  That year, the tree was decorated with objects depicting characters and toys from "The Nutcracker Suite".
  • Since 1966, the National Christmas Tree Association has held a competition for the White House Blue Room Tree.
  • During the Christmas Eve Dinner in 1929 in the Hoover Administration a fire broke out in the West Wing.  He later presented toy firetrucks to the children who had been at the dinner.
  • First Lady "Lou" Hoover in 1929 started the tree trimming tradition by the First Ladies of the principle White House Christmas tree.
  • In 1963, "Lady Bird" Johnson decorated the Blue Room tree in traditonal American theme ornaments including nuts, fruit, popcorn, gingerbread cookies, and wild roses from Hawaii.
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Tags: document scanning, Document Imaging, history

Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving from AMS Imaging!

Posted by Cindy Bialy on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 09:43 AM

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than a century and a half, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states .

On October 3, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation naming Thursday,happythanksgiving November 26, 1789, as an official holiday of "sincere and humble thanks." The nation then celebrated its first Thanksgiving under its new Constitution. On October 3, 1863, President Lincoln made the traditional Thanksgiving celebration a nationwide holiday to be commemorated each year on the fourth Thursday of November. In the midst of a bloody Civil War, President Lincoln issued a Presidential Proclamation in which he enumerated the blessings of the American people and called upon his countrymen to "set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise."

In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the holiday to the third Thursday of November to lengthen the Christmas shopping season and boost the economy which was still recovering from the Depression. This move, which set off a national debate, was reversed in 1941 when Congress passed and President Roosevelt approved a joint house resolution establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

How do I know this?

Thanks to our National Archive and the efforts to digitize historical documents and images, this information is easily accessible to the public. The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries and online at www.archives.gov.  Digitizing and posting records online gives the public a rare and unique insight in to our past.

Interested in viewing the image of FDR's Thanksgiving menu?  Or the Thanksgiving Day diary entry of Lyndon B. Johnson? Want to find out which President gave his turkey a Presidential pardon?  Curious to see the document that made Thanksgiving?  Love to read fun Thanksgiving facts such as when and why Americans were celebrating a national holiday on 2 separate days?  Spend hours, like I did, searching around www.archives.gov.  Enjoy your research!

Tags: document scanning, history

Hurricane Sandy - Disaster Document Recovery Tips

Posted by Dan Termale on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 @ 12:01 PM

hurricane sandy floodIf you have ever lived along the eastern seaboard then you have probably lived through some pretty bad hurricanes, blizzards, and some extreme weather situations. Hurricane Sandy is bearing down on the Northeast and is bring some very hazardous weather and conditions! Your number one priority should always be safety. The safety of your employees and loved ones are always more important than business operations and you should always take the necessary precautions to ensure that.

As an organization you should always be mitigating your risks across every aspect of your business. One very important area is in your document and records management. The vast majority of organizations still run on paper based document and records storage systems. These traditional document storage and retrieval methods are not only very expensive and inefficient, but they are completely vulnerable to natural disaster elements. Hurricane Sandy and other major storms pose a direct threat to your company's records. In some cases this storm or other storms have already done the damage to your corporate building or office locations and now you are left with damaged, partially destroyed documents and records. What do you do in this case to salvage as many documents as you can?

How to recover your wet documents?

If your files and documents are wet its important to start drying them as soon as possible. According to experts in document restoration, in any weather mold will appear within 48 hours in unventilated areas. The most effective way to restore water damaged documents is through 'true' freeze drying using sublimation. Sublimation changes the frozen water in the documents (ice) to a vapor, bypassing the liquid state. This method also reduces the stains and odors the documents may have obtained. This can be a costly method of recovering your documents, but for non replaceable items it is usually worth the expense and the most effective solution. 

How can you salvage your documents yourself?

The first thing you should do is to create a classification system for all of your document and categorize them as unimportant easily replaceable, important - replaceable but time consuming and expensive, and irreplaceable - most important and most damaged. You should start with the most important documents and files starting with the wettest records first. If possible you should store the documents waiting to be processed in a freezer to prevent further damage or deterioration. 

Best ways to dry your documents

Document RecoveryYou should first remove all paper clips, metal fasteners and binders to help prevent any rust from forming. 

1.) Ironing each individual sheets of loose paper with low heat from a regular iron , photographic dryer or even a hair dryer will do the trick. 

2.) Another way to dry out your documents is to microwave the paper. It's important to monitor this process carefully as microwaving the documents for too long will remove too much moisture from the paper and will cause the paper to deteriorate.

3.) Photocopy the wet papers using Mylar carrier sheets to help protect the damaged documents. Once the photocopy comes out you can then use that replacement document and dispose of the damaged original.

4.) It's a good idea to take all of the documents out of their wet boxes, folders or binders and to put them into new dry ones to help prevent mold growth.

Time is the most important element in your document recovery process along with keeping the storage space dehumidified and controlling the air ventilation. 

Digitize your documentsWe hope that if you are reading this article that it is in hopes to prevent this from ever happening to you and your organization. You do not want to have to deal with these horrible circumstance, they are a company's worst nightmare! You have probably heard of digitizing your documents and maybe have not given it much though until now. Digitizing your documents is the best way to prevent this disaster from ever happening to you. Disaster prevention is only one of the minor advantages of having a Document Management System in place. Having a digital solution will increase the efficiency and productivity in your organization from day one.

If you have any specific questions on how to recover your documents or more importantly how to take the necessary steps of how to prevent this from ever happening to you give us a call at 1-800-966-5738! AMS Imaging would love to help!

Tags: Document Management, ECM, history

September 11th Digital Archive

Posted by Cindy Bialy on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 @ 03:19 PM

The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath.

The Archive contains more than 150,000 digital items, a tally that includes more than 40,000 emails and other electronic communications, more than 40,000 first-hand stories, and more than 15,000 digital images. In September 2003, the Library of Congress accepted the Archive into its collections, an event that both ensured the Archive's long-term preservation and marked the library's first major digital acquisition.

I have written before on the importance of electronic record keeping and the need to share historic documents with the general public.  Once you read through the link below, my point regarding the significance of historic preservation by digitizing documents and other materials will make its own case.

September 11 Digital Archive Link

Most important—become part of our collection yourself. Share your reflections of September 11 and how it has affected your life. Maybe it was a day you will never forget. Maybe you were too young even to remember the day itself. But landmark events like September 11 affect everyone in some way. What is your story?

Your story will be permanently archived in the September 11 Digital Archive, a project of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the American Social History Project at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Clicking the link below will open the September 11 Digital Archive Web site where you can share your story.

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Honoring all those who were affected 11 years ago on Sept. 11th. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you today. God Bless America.

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Tags: document scanning, ECM, history