What is Scanfest? As Sally Jacobs, The Practical Archivist, has quipped, it's like a quilting bee for those wanting to preserve their family records, documents, and photographs. We all know how tedious scanning can be! Wouldn't it be fun to visit with other like-minded family historians while doing so? With the instant messaging technology of Windows Live Messenger, we do exactly that! We chat with each other about genealogy, preservation, sports, neighborhood news, recipes, and just about anything under the sun while we slowly reduce scanning "to do" lists.
If you are new to Scanfest and want to join, there are two steps you need to take. The first is you must have Windows Live Messenger installed on your computer (it's free). Here are the instructions:
To join us, you'll need a Hotmail or Gmail account, and Windows Live Messenger downloaded to your computer (Mac users go here to download Microsoft Messenger for Mac). Although WLM states that it is compatible with Yahoo! e-mail accounts, we have had difficulty adding Yahoo! users to our chat conversation. If you don't have a Hotmail or Gmail account, it's very easy (and free) to set one up. Just go to the links in the first sentence of this paragraph. Once you have gotten set up, send me an e-mail (found on this page) and I'll add you to our chat list. You'll receive an invitation message from me at my hotmail address, which will be sent to the e-mail account that you've set up for Messenger (Hotmail or Gmail), and will need to verify that I can add you as a contact.
The second thing you need to do to prepare for scanning is go to Sally's website here and sign up for her free e-mail newsletter. This will then allow you to download her helpful information called 8 Blunders People Make When They Scan Photographs...and How You Can Avoid Them All. Then you will know how to set your scanner correctly to enable you to scan your items without damaging the originals or compromising the digital images you create.
We always have such a good time, so I hope you will consider joining us!