From Art Studio to Digitization

Digitization home work station

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.

Flatbed scanner for digitizing small books and pamphlets

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.

Wagons of books and dogs

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

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