photo originally by akseabird
The above photo is a tool called the Bookeye Book Scanner and the one pictured here is installed in the library of the University of Alaska at Anchorage for the students to scan documents and books as PDF, JPG, TIFF or PNG and then choose whether to save it to a USB drive, burn into a CD, ftp them, save them on a network drive or email it to themselves. And of course, you can just print it out. It’s interesting to note that the library at the University of Alaska only provided usage stats on how the scanner is been used. Hmmm … maybe this is the next step in the provision of reprographic services to the public. The only worry, I guess, would be how are we going to enforce the Copyright Act.