The Art of Scanning

Scanning is not so much an art as it is a craft. This session offers practical advice based on actual experience gained in scanning published and original material to create PDF files of documents for deposit or publication in an institutional repository.

Information about equipment and software will be offered with an emphasis on the Adobe Creative Suite: Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop and InDesign.

An ALCTS webinar.

Originally presented on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees receive information on how to:

  • make high-quality digital files (pdf) from hard copy originals
  • use Adobe software in preparing documents for an IR

Who Should Attend

Digital librarians, IR managers, digitization workers, anyone with an interest in learning how to produce high-quality digital files.


Paul Royster is the manager of UNL Digital Commons, the institutional repository at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, one of the nation's largest IRs.

Paul received his PhD from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature and had a successful career in publishing before joining the UNL library faculty as the Coordinator for Scholarly Communication.

Paul is a frequent presenter on topics related to managing and enhancing institutional repositories and has authored or edited material on a variety of other subjects.

For additional information on Paul and his areas of interest, see:




How to Register

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Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or