Art Slide Library -- Scanning Service

At this time, only faculty members may request scanning service from the ASL. (However, a slide scanner is available for self-service by students, for scanning ASL slides only; instruction will be provided.)

Subject matter must fit the scope of the Art Slide Library collection: art, photography, film stills, architecture, archaeology, decorative arts, utilitarian objects, and related visual images.

At the discretion of the curators, the scanned images will be added to the permanent collection, so that they may be used by other faculty members in the future. Most scanning by the ASL is done under "fair use," in compliance with the ASL copyright guidelines. Some slides from the slide collection may not be scanned, if the rights holders are known to refuse permission.

At least one week's notice (5 full working days) should be given. In the case of a large order, the faculty member should check with ASL staff to schedule the work. JPEGs on a CD or DVD will be ready for pick-up on the due date. If the images are to be added to the local collection in Luna Insight, they will be cataloged and loaded as time permits.

The existing collection in Luna Insight should be checked before ordering new images that may duplicate holdings. If, however, an image in Insight is of inferior quality, we are happy to replace it with a better one. ARTstor is another resource to be consulted to minimize the amount of local scanning needed.

Scanning from Books

In general, superior quality results are obtained by scanning a book plate directly, rather than scanning a slide taken from the book plate. The ASL recommends, when possible and when time permits, that orders from books be submitted rather than requests for slide scanning.

Books or other flat copy to be digitized should be brought to the Art Slide Library unless they are non-circulating library books. Each book should have a completed order form inserted in it.

Art Slide Library staff can help with borrowing non-circulating library materials and books on carrels for copy photography. Patrons needing this assistance should call 863-3218 or come in person for instructions.

Slide Scanning

Most slide scanning is carried out by the Center for Digital Initiatives. Slides from the ASL collection, however, must be routed through the ASL curators, who will screen them for rights issues. Some vendors will not allow scanning; others permit it, but Brown must pay a fee or purchase the image from the vendor.

Scanning from slides that were shot from book plates is usually inferior to digital images scanned directly from the book.

Faculty may place the slides in order, and the order will be maintained if desired. Please submit a Slide Scanning Order Form with each order