octubre 2012

Echoes from the Vault

Greetings from the Scanning Suite here at St Andrews’ Special Collections, home of our two Bookeye scanners –including our brand new Bookeye 3 colour scanner!– and the three Reprographics Technicians who operate them.

Here are a few notes about our operation. The bulk of scanning fulfils a contract the University holds with Tanner Ritchie Publishing, the Canadian outfit behind Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online, or MEMSO. A quick scroll down the Recently Published list on the Tanner Ritchie homepage reads very familiar to us here as every e-book listed on the site has come through our hands. Most of the books are from series of British records, such as the 17th century Journals of the House of Commons, the seemingly innumerable volumes of Calendar of State Papers from various times and places, and the more specific series of documents such as the Exchequer Rolls of…

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Echoes from the Vault

Printing out paper, or “P.O.P.” in photo-specialist jargon, constitutes the progression of the photographic print medium following the reign of the albumen print. Strictly speaking, earlier photographic processes such as salted paper prints and albumen prints are “printing out” processes themselves, but the name P.O.P. is now commonly used to describe this particular process which flourished from 1885 to 1910.

The physical characteristic which distinguishes P.O.P.s from albumen prints is the additional third layer employed in its production. A cross-section of earlier albumen prints would show a paper base, which gives photographs their shape and physical rigidity, and an emulsion layer which is microscopically thin and holds the photograph’s image forming silver particles. P.O.P.s contain a third layer separating the paper base and the emulsion. This material is called baryta and it serves the purpose of masking the paper fibres, thus giving the base a more reflective quality and…

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En esta ocasión deseo compartir esta celebración con ustedes.  Es necesario que comprendamos que en la expresión artística y literaria no se puede ni debe permitir la censura.

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Freedom to Read – American Library Association.