Computer Shopper scans?
arcarlini at iee.org
Fri Nov 7 15:48:08 CST 2008
Tony Duell wrote:
> I think it would be iorresponsible to accept something like this and
> then scan it and not ensure it then went to a 'good home'. I don't
> feel that scans are a replacement for the original docuements (They
> are a lot better than nothing, but I'd still rather have the
> originals of stuff that I am interested in).
I'd agree about keeping the paper copy, although trying to prolong the
life of said paper copy is going to be quite expensive.
Also remember that the only realistic way of scanning something like
this would be to chop off the spine. You can get such material rebound,
but that adds to the expense.
That (plus the fact that it saves a lot of effort) is why I would
approach the pulisher first. I'd be surprised if Computer Shopper has
any real "value" in old issues. If the publisher does have the issues
in almost any kind of electronic form, conversion to PDF would surely
be much easier than chopping, scanning, collating and checking.
> Some donors, including myself would be very upset if they heard that
> their donations had been scanned and not preserved in the paper form,
> and would probably never donate anything again.
It all boils down to what (if any) conditions the donor specified. If
they just wanted to get rid of it, then knifing off the spine to scan
seems fair enough. If they wanted it preserved for all time, then they
should have said so (and maybe given it to an organisation that isn't
having difficulty keeping fixing the holes in the roof).
I presume that the various copyright libraries all have a complete set
so this certainly shouldn't be the only set in existence.
> As a second issue, perhaps it's just me, but I find it very difficult
> to 'flip through' scanned documents in the same way that I can flip
> through the paper form. Something like this, which, I assume, is not
> going to be indexed, is going to be very difficult to use as a scan.
Agreed. Although if you know what you want, it's much quicker to find
it in a set of files that to wander up to the (groaning) attic and
look for the relevant issue.
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