On a fairly frequent basis I am asked to find a journal or book and scan a few pages of it for someone. While this at first read, sounds like a simple task, it’s fairly time consuming. Here’s the process:
- Leave my office.
- Go downstairs either to the Krause room, or to the Stacks.
- For the Stacks, up four flights of stairs to find the book.
- Back down four flights of stairs, across to “our side” of the building and then up a flight of stairs to my office.
- Scan the book.
- Repeat steps one, two, three and four.
I heard about a literal magic wand, and after some research, purchased one for the office. It’s actually a portable wand scanner! I just got it and it’s amazing. It can scan a page at either 300, 600 or 1200 dpi, and it’s portable, and has WiFi. When I have to go to the Stacks, I just take it along with me, scan the pages of the book that I need and voila! I am finished. I come back to the office, download the files and send them off.
And then I got to work scanning in a series of articles from an old issue of the Maryland Medical Journal for a member. I can scan the pages either as a JPG or a PDF.
I am thrilled at how much easier my magic wand is going to make my searches!