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Elizabby
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Post by Elizabby » July 17th, 2017, 3:10 am

Hello American friends! I'm looking for a scan of a book held at two libraries in Texas: Child Whispers, the early poetry of Enid Blyton.

The libraries concerned are:
Texas A&M University
Texas Woman's University Library

Further details here: http://www.worldcat.org/title/child-whispers/oclc/460122440&referer=brief_results

Both of these are on microform, so would need to be scanned somehow and uploaded to Internet Archive.

Help, anyone?

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Post by mightyfelix » July 17th, 2017, 6:40 pm

I think I can help you with this, Beth. I live in Texas and I have a TexShare card, which is kind of like a library card for your whole state. I'm pretty sure I can have a book sent from another library to mine as part of this program, but I don't know about microform. Let me ask some questions and get back to you.

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Post by mightyfelix » July 20th, 2017, 8:01 pm

I have not forgotten about this. I planned to go to the library before work today and talk to my librarian, but my car battery had other ideas. I should be able to go tomorrow and get some info.

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Post by mightyfelix » July 21st, 2017, 1:02 pm

Ok, so TX A&M is willing to send it to my library as an inter-library loan, but I haven't found out whether my library has a way to scan it. A&M does, though, if I go there to view it. It's only a couple of hours away, and I do have some friends in College Station, so I may just go and make a day of it!

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Post by mightyfelix » July 21st, 2017, 2:47 pm

By the way, I'm assuming you did see that there are libraries that hold it in book form in Dublin, Edinburgh, and Oxford. Did you try these? Or is it death+70 that prevents you going that route?

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Post by annise » July 21st, 2017, 4:22 pm

People have used their phones to take page images if that's possible ? I doubt it's a very large book. And yes I doubt English libraries would alow books still under copyright there to be copied. It is out of copyright in Australia so Beth is being legal

Anne

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Post by mightyfelix » July 21st, 2017, 4:27 pm

That's what I figured. Anyway, I should be able to take care of it.

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Post by Elizabby » July 21st, 2017, 4:29 pm

Yes, the feeling was that the book is only PD in the USA and Australia, and there's no copies held in Australia according to worldcat catalogue.

Rather than taking a long trip, it might be worth trying the inter library loan first? If there's a microform reader, phone photos work rather than a formal scan. Must include the publishing details of course, for PG clearance.

Thanks so much! If you want to solo/BC the book or take first pick of sections to read go right ahead!

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Post by mightyfelix » July 21st, 2017, 4:35 pm

Really?! I didn't think a phone's camera would be sharp enough. Ok then, I'll try that.

Although it may be good to have an excuse for a day trip. :wink:

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Post by mightyfelix » July 26th, 2017, 9:48 pm

I did decide to take the excuse presented and go for a day trip. Drive two hours to visit a library and hang out with a good friend? Of course! Why not?

So I am going tomorrow, and the librarian at A&M informs me that I can save the book on a flash drive, from which I can then upload it. I may need some help with that step, as I have no idea how it's done.

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Post by annise » July 26th, 2017, 9:52 pm

when you find out what format they give you let us know. And we will go from there.

Anne

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Post by mightyfelix » July 26th, 2017, 10:14 pm

annise wrote:when you find out what format they give you let us know. And we will go from there.

Anne
Supposing I get to choose what format I want, what should I choose? What would be best/easiest to work with? PDF?

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Post by annise » July 26th, 2017, 10:47 pm

Yes - I nearly suggested you asked but then I thought , well we will manage - we must have at least one member who understands whatever they produce. But I do know archive will handle pdf.
So pdf or an image format would be great
Anne

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Post by Elizabby » July 26th, 2017, 11:01 pm

Oooh, exciting!!

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Post by mightyfelix » July 27th, 2017, 9:01 am

I'm holding the microfiche in my hand at this moment!

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