Published on March 27, 2020 by Jennifer R. Taylor, Chair, Special Collection and University Archives, Samford University Library  

The faculty and staff of the Special Collection Department and University Archives brought home some materials we felt comfortable taking out of the library. Some of the materials we took home were audio files for transcription, old inventories of our collection, and The Alabama Baptist Historian journal. The papers and journals have duplicates in the library but are not digitized. We are using the free Adobe Scan app on our phones to digitize these records. We hope to make some of these materials accessible online in the future. The app allows us to adjust curves and skewing on pages and delete fingers that got in the way. The app has been great because it lets us capture several pages within one file. It even recognizes text for keyword searching. The app does not offer ideal archival scanning, but it is working. We hope what we are doing at home will be a benefit to researchers in the future.

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