Lately in the Libraries we have been scanning some of our pre-1923 materials for digital collections. Copyright is tricky and scanning things before 1923 will usually be safe. I am just going by what the copyright librarian here in the Libraries has told me. He always says that copyright is always about how much risk you want to take.
The problem we have with scanning books is that they are bound. Getting them to lay flat on a scanning bed is almost impossible. We do have a BookEye, but the quality is not as good as a flatbed. We are looking to do hi-res scans to offer in our Library Store, have an archival copy to put into our Repository and put up a digital version in our catalog.
Yesterday I went to the Libraries Annex to take a look at some old issues of Puck Magazine from the 1800′s. When I got there I was informed we were given a new scanning station to try out for a couple weeks. See the photo below.
This is a walk up flatbed scanner with a touch screen. The really cool thing about it is the scanning bed goes right to the edge of the scanner. So the book can lay completely flat. I did a few test scans and they came out great. See the scan below.
The image was scanned at 600 dpi and exported as a jpeg to a jump drive. So scanning at 600 dpi gives us the option of offering a 24″ x 36″ poster on our Library Store.
Now I don’t know if we will be purchasing this scanner, but I hope we do cause it makes scanning books a lot easier.