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Overhead Scanner

New for September 2013 is a free overhead book scanner located on the third floor of Lauinger Library, across from the Reference Desk.

Users with a Georgetown NetID will be able to quickly scan pages from books or documents up to 17 x 24 inches. Scans can be saved to a USB drive, as an attachment via email, or uploaded to Google Drive. A foot pedal has been installed to assist with quick book scanning, allowing users to scan 18 pages in under a minute. The cradle your document or book sits on while being scanned can be set to lay flat for loose documents or angled in a V to hold a bound book, which eliminates glare and distortion in scans. Scans are set by default to "Auto Split" which intelligently splits book pages to one physical page per PDF page when scanning books.

Output Formats

  • PDF Image (default)
  • Searchable PDF
  • JPEG Image
  • PNG Image
  • Rich Text
  • Audio (not recommended)

Output Destinations

  • USB drive (via any of the three USB ports)
  • E-Mail (25 MB attachment limit)
  • Google Drive
  • Printers; the four nearby B&W printers on the third floor and the Color printer on the first floor
  • SmartDock; Place your Android or iOS device in the SmartDock, connect to the KIC Scanner wifi network, then open a web browser and download your scan directly to your device. (Note: when connecting on iOS 7, click the "i" icon next to the wifi network name and then turn off Auto-Join and Auto-Login)

Policies and Best Practices

  • Please limit your usage of the scanner to 5 minutes when someone else is waiting behind you.
  • Your first page scan must be initiated via the Scan button on the far right touchscreen. Subsequent page scans can be done via any scan button; the touchscreen directly underneath the book cradle or using the foot pedal. Note that the touchscreen underneath the book cradle does not reset its selected scan settings between sessions.
  • All scan buttons but the large Scan button on the right touchscreen follow the setting on the left smaller touchscreen
  • For clear book scans, hold the pages back with your fingers so that they are flat in relation to the book cradle panels. Use the foot pedal to scan with this method.
  • For best scans, the book or document should be placed as close to the middle of the cradle as possible, but the red focusing laser must also be visible on your document.
  • There is a 25 MB limit on email attachments, this equates to approximately 580 B&W pages or 70 color pages. There is no such limit when outputting to Google Drive (listed as Cloud Storage / Google Docs on the scanner), USB drives, SmartDock, or printing.
  • You can print your scans to either the third floor black and white printers or the first floor color printer. Standard printing rates will apply. Note the time at which you print the job, as all prints from this scanner will show the same “bookscanner” username (with no password, so release it immediately if you’re concerned about privacy) at the Print Release Station. If you choose to print, you should additionally save to another output type in case there is an error during printing.
  • After 5 minutes of inactivity, the scanner will end your session automatically (and any un-output scans will be deleted).
  • For more information regarding the scanner and the scanning process you can always refer to the Guide via its tab on the main screen or contact the Circulation Desk.

Documentation

Download a PDF version of the full KIC Bookeye 4 guide