The Scholarly Commons is equipped to help with basic digitization needs. Our department has four high-end scanners as well as a slide scanner:
- Epson DS-6500 scanner: Offers 8.5” x 11.7” flatbed and 100-sheet automatic document feeder scanning of one or two sided documents.
- Plustek Opticbook scanner: A “book friendly” scanner that scans documents up to 12″ x 17″ at a resolution of 1,200 ppi.
- Book2Net Spirit Scanner: An overhead scanner that scans books up to 21.25″ x 22.64″ x 47.25″ at 600 dpi.
- EPSON 10000XL scanner: A 48 bit color, professional grade scanner with ColorTrue Imaging System for reproducing images with accurate detail and color.
We can guide you through scanning your materials using any of these devices to create PDFs or image files. If you need searchable or editable PDFs, we can show you how to use ABBYY Fine Reader OCR (optical character recognition) software to analyze and edit text before creating a new version of the PDF.
The Main Library also has scanners available on the 2nd floor.
If your project is larger in scope, we will suggest a consultation with the Library’s Digital Content Creation department. The DCC can advise on possible in-house or third-party solutions, depending on the content type, amount and timeline. The DCC can also bring in other experts, such as metadata specialists, if your aim is to create a digital collection.