Bookeye Scanning

Bookeye Scanning

Kresen Kernow

Redruth

17 May 2021 onwards

Bookeye scanners are marvellous pieces of equipment and Kresen Kernow is lucky enough to have access to several of them. With the ability to produce high quality images very swiftly, they are greatly improving the archive digitisation processes.

The team also have scanners available for visitors to use, and they can scan original archives direct to their phones (or other devices) using the scanners’ own wifi network. This means visitors travelling from afar - or those who want to look at a large volume of material - can create digital copies direct to their own devices to study further at home.

The project also has environmental benefits as material doesn’t need to be printed or photocopied and frees up archive staff to provide copies for those who can’t visit, or to work behind-the-scenes. The traditional approach would be for staff to carry out digitisation, using A4 or A3 scanners or a camera, but there were size limitations with this. There were additional challenges with digitising books (as you cannot lay them flat without damaging their spines). A more recent approach was that users could take their own photos, but this had the same problem in terms of quality of image and ease of scanning.

The new Bookeye scanners are lightning fast and produce crisp, clear, high quality images. There are still size restrictions, but the fact they produce a flat image of an open book is really astonishing and has greatly improved Kresen Kernow's digitisation processes. The bonus for visitors is that the scanners scan direct to their personal devices, which means users can curate their own archive of material and explore and research it later in the comfort of their own homes. This saves time, money and also contributes to environmental causes by not generating print outs or photocopies. 

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