What type of pages from books are you talking about? Like reference
materials, histories, biographies, fiction? Because while my first
thought is that would be an interesting idea, my immediate second
thought is that publishers and authors would never allow it to happen
because of Copyright. Even in ILL land we can't keep scanned pages
for a long period of time due to copyright restrictions.
Also this sounds a lot like the Google Books project...
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On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 1:36 PM, Michael Lindsey
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> A colleague posed an interesting idea: patrons scan book pages to deliver to
> themselves by email, flash drive, etc.
> What if the scans didn't disappear from memory, but went into a repository
> so the next patron looking for that passage didn't have to jockey the
> flatbed scanner?
> * Patron scans library barcode at the scanner
> * The system says, "I have these pages available in cache."
> o Patron's project overlaps with the cache and saves time in the
> scanning, or
> o Patron needs different pages, scans them and contributes to the
> Now imagine a consortium of some sort where when the patron scans the
> barcode, the system takes a hop via the ISBN number in the record to reach
> out to a cache developed between a number of libraries.
> I know there are a number of cases where this may not apply, like loose-leaf
> publications in binders that get updated, etc. And I'm sure there are
> discussions around how to handle copyright, fair use, etc.
> Do we as a community already have a similar endeavor in place?
> Michael Lindsey
> UC Berkeley Law Library