Library Acquires Book Scanner

Library Acquires Book ScannerScanning and copying large format materials is now possible at the Van Wylen Library using the new Indus book scanner.

The book scanner is different from other scanners and copiers because it scans with the book face up. Books don’t need to be flipped over to turn to the next page. This means that you can copy over twice as fast as a traditional copy machine. With a 17 x 24 inch scan area, you can copy or scan larger materials.

There are several other advantages to using the book scanner. It helps to preserve fragile library materials such as bound journals from the late 19th and early 20th century. Images can be saved to a USB drive or burned onto a CD and later incorporated into reports or presentations. Materials normally too large to scan or photocopy, such as artwork and maps, can now be preserved digitally. The scan software allows users to manipulate the scanned area and therefore create cleaner images and adjust for the curve of thick books.

While images can be printed in either black and white or color, we hope that library users will save paper by scanning images to a digital storage device. The book scanner complements last year’s installation of multi-function printers (MFPs) by giving users another option, particularly for large format materials.

The book scanner is located on the 2nd floor of Van Wylen Library. It is publicly accessible and instructions are posted near the scanner. Users however may want to ask for a quick orientation before using it for the first time.

New Journals List: One Stop Shopping

Users can now get information about all formats for all journals just by checking the new Journals List. In the past, determining if a journal was on-line or in the library required a user to check two places. You would check the library’s on-line catalog, to see print/microform holdings and the E-journals portal for access to all electronic holdings. Journals List now allows users to find both full-text on-line journals as well as information about what the library owns physically in print or microforms. For example, if you search the Journals List for Skeptical Inquirer, it shows that this journal is available electronically in a number of databases. It also shows a link to Hope College Journal Holdings. This clickable link goes directly to the matching journal record in HopeCat. In this example, the library owns both current and bound issues of Skeptical Inquirer.

New Journals List One Stop Shopping