Tuesday’s Tip – Scanning Copies from the Allen County Public Library
September 27th, 2011 by Jessica

I was fortunate enough to visit the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana in July 2011.  I had three glorious days to research as much as possible.  All of that research amounted to a massive pile of photocopies from various branches in my family; 259 pages to be exact!  That’s a lot of paperwork.  I knew once I got it home, it would be really difficult for me to scan it all in with my little home all-in-one machine. I was also worried about checking it in at the airport; who knows if I would ever see it again?

Lucky for me (and you) there is a little copy shop called OfficeOne around the corner from the Allen County Public Library that has a high speed scanner.  Simply feed in your stacks of copies (I sorted mine by Surname) and they will scan directly onto your USB thumb drive. I had one PDF file created from each stack and named to correspond to the surname, but you can choose to scan each page as a JPG individually.

Sure it costs money, but what is your time worth?  I made 259 copies at the library at 10 cents each, and promptly had them scanned in at OfficeOne for 10 cents each.  I can say without a doubt that my time is worth way more than $25.90, especially when it equates to immediate digital access to share my research with my family around the country.  I was able to email the PDFs to my family members from my tablet while I was waiting at the airport.

If you’re looking for a place to scan in all of your ACPL research before you get back in the car or head off to the airport, check out this copy shop.  The staff was friendly, their equipment was new and I felt very comfortable working with them. They were able to scan everything in while I waited, and showed me how it all looked, verifying all the files on my thumb drive before I walked out the door.

Office One
1021 S. Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802
(260) 424-1212

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