Through a generous gift of the Friends of the TCU Library, Special Collections has acquired a Konica Minolta PS7000C MKII full color digital book scanner. With a scanning area of 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” to 18” x 24,” the new scanner allows staff to digitize oversized books, maps, posters, graphics or art works as well as more modestly sized objects. It also allows the scanning of 3D objects. The scanner has a built-in book cradle that adjusts to fit the spines of bound books and lends support to the book’s binding. Since the item is scanned “face-up,” unlike flat-bed scanners and photocopy machines, one is able to exactly position the item and saves handling of fragile materials.
Special Collections staff will use the new scanner on a number of projects. Among the projects are to digitize a large collection of the work of Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial cartoonist, Harold Maples. Most of Maples’ cartoon originals are larger than can be digitized on a flat-bed scanner or copy machine. Staff will also digitize the Abell-Hanger collection of antique maps and the department’s collection of posters. But it will be most useful in copying and digitizing material which could not be copied before because it was either too large or too fragile for existing equipment.
Thank you, Friends, for your continuing generosity!