May 27, 2010
Sometimes it’s difficult to wake up and look at a new way to complete a task. My great thanks to Sara Greenleaf for the wake up call.
We have a faculty member who is a John Ruskin scholar. He often travels to Europe to “walk in Ruskin’s footsteps.” To prepare he has had a student worker come to special collections to use the 39 vol. of the works of John Ruskin.
- The student goes through the index and finds references to all the places the faculty member will visit.
- Next to get out the books, usually all 39 vol. and mark the pages that require copying.
- In the past, they were photocopied.
- Now, I photo them on the camera stand to protect the bindings.
Along comes Sara who searches out digitized volumes on the internet. She found all but two volumes at http://www.archive.org. Now the student gives the list of pages searched in the index to the professor and he can take it from there. I can’t believe the number of hours of work that were just saved.
You would think that, since I do digitization projects and refer students to digital books online, that I would have thought of it. I’m sure glad that Sara did.