11/16/08 134 W, 1 I - + 10 - 9 Copying Newspaper Articles

Current workflow for copying newspaper articles at Olivia Raney Local History Library. Retrieve microfilm reel from cabinet. Display article using microfilm reader. Scan article using library computer. Copy scanned article to memory stick using file name format yyyy-mm-dd-paper-name. Drive to home. Copy file to home computer. Display article using Microsoft Photo Editor. Crop, brighten, and crop unwanted areas. Re-save file. Open Microsoft Word. Create blank document. Drag and drop article into document. Enlarge article size as needed. Create PDF version of document. Open web browser. Navigate to FedEx-Kinkos site. Upload PDF document. Place print order. Drive to Kinkos two hours later or later. Retrieve printed article. Drive home. Return to computer. View article file name. Write article date on printed version. File printed version. Archive digital version. Rinse and repeat.

Mike, where do you get your inspiration?
wondering - 11/16/08 - 17:41

I will think on that and see if I arrive at an answer.
Legeros - 11/16/08 - 17:58

I’ve got some leaves to blow if you have some EXTRA TIME.....
J.Boggs - 11/17/08 - 19:25

me too!
ab - 11/17/08 - 19:49

Free time, interesting concept. I’ll take a break after I run out of things to research and/or photograph.
Legeros - 11/17/08 - 20:20

as someone who has been scanning for the last 20+ years, it’s a lot of work to get it right – oh yeah, sure it’s easy to just hit the auto-scan button, but the result will be awful, and scanning old archives, which i do a lot of, need lots of retouching, correction of moire effects from half-toning in the photos (use gaussian blurring at a low level for that), then sharpening and adjusting levels to make text readable and compensate for fading, and then manually retouching (using the clone tool) to get the foxing (mold spots) out of old documents – it is a major pain in the b**t, a lot of work, but very satisfying when you’re able to fix old documents and photos and make them as good as new
cornerhydrant - 11/18/08 - 02:28

So Mike, have you considered offering a morning or evening seminar on digital imaging (best camera, best software, compatibility), or perhaps a basic digital photography class after christmas for those who might get new fancy toys?
J.Boggs (Email) - 11/20/08 - 12:14

That is an interesting idea. However, it requires expertise on digital imaging products, which I do not possess. Meaning, I have experience (and skills) using the tools that I possess, but lack perspective on other brands and types of tools that I do not possess. Basic digital photography, however, is a topic that applies to any brand of digital camera. I will take this suggestion into consideration.
Legeros - 11/20/08 - 17:40

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