One of the projects currently running in the Imaging Lab is the digitisation of some cool statistics, a Belgian population survey from 1896. The binding of the books is too tight to capture the inner columns holding relevant data, so we decided to unbound them (yes, we do have duplicate copies).
As the pages are too large to be fed through a document scanner, the solution is to photograph them on a reprostand. Digitising loose sheets is a fast process, but cropping can take a fair amount of time.
In comes Gery Gerits, our building coordinator (University Library Leuven) and jack of all trades. He quickly constructed a custom cradle, with a great attention to the small details making the difference between workflow or work slow. Not only the digitisation process is much faster, the precise placement of the pages saves us hours of cropping.