As major assignments come up, students and professors often have to utilize the functions of scanning devices. This blog will give you insights about the availability of different scanners in the library, as well as the main functions that each of them serves.
Our preferred scanning station is located in the MDS room (Library, Rm 135).
The station has two scanning devices, which allow you to scan letter-size documents, photography films, and slides.
1) The HP scanner in the room has several convenient functions:
- an automatic feeder dock where you can place at a time up to 30 standard letter-size sheets of paper that will be scanned without your manual intervention. This function saves a lot of time and the hassle of placing/removing each sheet by hand. * To use the automatic feeder, all you have to do is put the sheets in the feeder and initiate scanning. You will be told that the automatic feeder is turned on and that the scanner will use it. When you place the sheets in the feeder, please make sure that the sheets are not stuck to each other, stapled together or held together by other means.
- an accessory for film strip scanning. Place your developed film strip in the accessory and position the accessory on the scanning screen. The scanner is not going to create a photograph out of the developed film. It will simply scan the film and save it as a negative image.
The scanner works with HP ProScan software. The software is easy to navigate with and offers a variety of options. You can save scans in different file formats: image, text, pdf; you can also forward the scans to a software solution, such as Photoshop, Adobe Reader, Microsoft Word, where you could further edit them.
2) The Nikon slide scanner. It is very useful when you need high-resolution copies of the slide images. The device can scan one slide at a time, at an average of 20 seconds per slide. Bear in mind that if you need to scan many slides, the process might take a considerable amount of time. *If you would like to learn some quick tips about slide/film scanning click HERE
Scanning station next to Blume Computer Lab
If you need to scan just a few pages, we would encourage you to use the scanners by the Blume Lab on Library Level 1. The two scanners are located in the carrels, in the common area, right in front of the Blume lab.
Before you start using them, please make sure that they are turned on. Once the power is on, you can make your scans with HP Image Zone, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Photoshop and other software products.
Scanning station on Library, Level A
If you would like to scan larger in size or volume objects, we would advise you on using the touchscreen book scanner on Library level A. The scanner is located in the common area, close to the Dell computers.
It is very easy to navigate with. Before you start scanning, the software will go through several simple steps. It will ask you where you would like to have the files sent to (a USB drive, printer, or e-mail); the file format (pdf, image, etc.); the color mode & resolution. You will then proceed to scan.
Scanning stations in FITC & STA (available to faculty only)
There are two additional scanners in the Library available only to faculty. One of the scanners is located in FITC (Library, Level A), and the other one is in the STA office (Library, Rm 134a).
In case you need assistance with any of the scanners or the scanning software, the STAs will be glad to assist you. Please contact us for any additional help.