When the call went out from Emory Libraries to work remotely due to COVID-19, I took home my computer and a flatbed scanner, the one normally used for scanning book foldouts. Here at home, this scanner has become my only tool for digitizing all types of books. Although I miss the speed of our higher-quality Kirtas scanning equipment, I have enjoyed the challenge of creating an efficient process by using the flatbed scanner in this way.
Currently, I am working on small volumes and pamphlets that lend themselves to this type of scanner. Sending the digitized files via remote access to our server on campus, I use a processing software to manage and enrich the digital files of each book. Then, the files are ready for ingest into the Emory Libraries Digital Repository.
No book truck? No worries. A red wagon will do the job. Library materials are safe, secure, and organized in the studio. Of course, this wagon load of co-workers are hard to beat, too. I am grateful that my work has been able to continue with little change. It has provided a constant in these days of uncertainty.
Bonnie Jean Woolger, Digitization Technician-Emory Libraries