Sunday, September 30, 2007

Report on September Scanfest

Our September Scanfest earlier today was so enjoyable! Colleen from The Oracle of OMcHodoy joined me, as well as a newcomer, Teri from The Cheeky Librarian and User Education Resources for Librarians. Teri had been referred by Sally of The Practical Archivist, who gave Scanfest the ultimate compliment by referring to it as "a quilting bee, but for scanning"! Craig from GeneaBlogie dropped by for a while, as did Apple from Apple's Tree.

We all had our little projects: Colleen was sorting through a box of 200 photos; Teri had scanned some documents for her career portfolio and had moved on to newspaper clippings and family photos; Apple had scanned some bus photos for her work blog (she's a school bus driver in her "other" life); Craig didn't scan, but we enjoyed chatting with him and telling Teri about his HARP Project. I was working on getting my maternal grandmother's baby book scanned, and I actually completed the entire scanning project in the three hours we set aside (a first for me)!



We had plenty to talk about as we worked, too. Colleen was multitasking and watching the football game, so she interjected with comments about that. She also found a snapshot of movie star Jeff Chandler with her mother's photos, which looked like it had been taken on the streets of Niagara Falls, New York! Teri said she found some great "blackmail" photos of her brother that she was sure her nephews and niece would enjoy! We shared advice about scanning and preservation, and all-in-all, felt good about taking the time to care for the precious family documents and photos that have been entrusted to us as family historians!

I hope that you will join us for the next Scanfest, to be held Sunday, October 28th from 11 AM to 2 PM, Pacific Daylight Time (in the U.S., we'll be switching back to standard time the first Sunday in November this year). You don't have to be a genealogist or have a blog or website to join us. We're just looking for some people who want to preserve their family heirlooms and enjoy getting to know others online.
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