April 21, 2011  |  Library and Archives
Bookeye for a Fly-By

Okay, animation isn’t the primary function of the MoMA Library’s new face-up book scanner/copier. But it gives an idea of how it works and image quality. If you think about it, turning books upside-down to copy pages is counterintuitive—and really bad for preserving books. The “Bookeye” is designed to make quality images while minimizing stress on bound materials. There’s a bit of a learning curve, but even tech-shy researchers are using it.

For geeks like me, there are lots of handy features. Besides scanning in color, it will even “read” the text into a searchable PDF file. This means you can search the document for keywords later on. You can save files to a USB, e-mail them, or go old-school and make printouts.

Stop by the MoMA Library for a personalized tour.

For some Bookeye animation inspiration, check out Jecy74’s awesome What Is Good Design? video above:

The scanner was funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC).