Wednesday, November 26, 2008

BSU Libraries Obtain Book Scanner

The BookDrive DIY book scanner is the latest addition to the University Libraries' Digitization Center.

This book digitization solution was purchased as part of an LSTA Digitization Grant awarded to create a Middletown Women’s History Digital Collection. The collection contains several bound materials such as scrapbooks and diaries that we couldn't safely capture on a flatbed scanner. Due to the fragility and uniqueness of materials the collection, it was necessary to purchase a scanner that "cradles" the items, rather than stressing the bindings with traditional flatbed scanning. Digitization of bound materials began this week with minutes from the Community Woman’s Club Records, ca.1904-1955. We'll continue through the rest of the grant materials and move to other rare and historic bound items from Archives and Special Collections soon.