Due to growing print collections and overcrowded facilities, some school libraries have turned to scanning books and other print materials to make them digital resources. Unlike other book scanners on the market, however, the Minolta PS 3000 Face-Up Publication Scanner uses a face-up scanning method that protects a book’s spine during the scanning process.
Johns Hopkins University is using the Minolta PS 3000 scanner in a project called Comprehensive Access to Print Materials, which aims to automate its book retrieval system. When a book located in an off-site facility is requested, a robot will scan the book using the PS 3000 and the image of the page will appear on the student’s browser.
“Because we can’t rip these books apart to scan them, finding a unit that scanned the books face-up was very appealing,” said Sayeed Choudhury, the project’s director.
The PS series scanners automatically correct page curvature and line skewing, and they remove shadowing so that material near the binding can be read clearly, according to Minolta.
The scanner allows two facing pages to be scanned as one, and it has automatic edge detection that masks out borders and the area beyond the page for a clean output.
The Minolta PS 3000 also features intelligent autofocus and autoexposure functions that ensure crisp, clear images of originals without manual adjustments.