I just wanted to say thanks to Miriam and all the other participants in yesterday's Scanfest. I believe there were a record 17 participants all using IM and trying to scan at the same time.
I was able to scan a booklet from 1895 entitled Souvenirs of Lowville. While I had scanned this last year, I did so without really following some scanning "best practices" such as saving the master scan as a .TIFF file, using 300 dpi resolution, etc.
And despite the vicious rumors from several unnamed jealous participants (you know who you are), I did not have five scanners running at one time in order to complete my project. I'm simply efficient and can multi-task. So there.
I can't emphasize enough how much you can learn at Scanfest - it isn't all just chatting and hilarity, despite what you might hear. And, of course, if you choose, you can opt just to chat and not scan - unless you have a web camera, no one will know the difference!
The next Scanfest will be on Sunday, August 24th, from 11am - 2pm PDT (1pm - 4pm CDT here in Chicago). Check out the event listing at the Genea-Bloggers group on Facebook or visit AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors for more information.