Wednesday, 13 June 2012

My Last Full Day at Balme Library

Kabis Kirtas II scanner
For my last full day, we hit the ground running.  We were able to try our hand at scanning using the Kabis Kirtas II scanner.  We watched Richmond run the scanner again, and then we tried it ourselves.  We scanned a 300 page book, and then worked with the Book Scan Editor software to fix the images.  I think of the scanners I have been introduced to, and worked with, the Atiz BookDriver Pro scanner is my favorite.  It allows for more control over the scanning process, letting you fix errors as they arrive.  It is more hands-on than the other scanners we have been introduced to, which I think I prefer more than the automatic scanning process. 

After working with the scanner, Gifty, Mrs. Adanu, and Henry took me and Amanda out to lunch at the Basement Plus Restaurant which is located on campus.  There, we were able to try fufu, which is similar to banku, but is slightly sweeter (which you can't really taste) and is made from boiled and mashed cassava and plaintains.  Mrs. Adanu also ordered red-red so I could try that before I left.  I definitely prefer red-red over both banku and fufu. 

In front of the library.
After lunch was finished, we went outside for some pictures, and Gifty presented me and Amanda with University of Ghana book bags as a token of their love and appreciation for the work that we did during our time there.  It was really sweet.

Once we arrived back to the library, Henry took a few pictures of us in front of the library, and then offered to help us take pictures with people from the different departments.  He called this his photography class.  We were able to take pictures with circulation, bindery, IT, Prof's secretaries, and Prof.  Taking pictures was a lot of fun, as Ghanaians love having their picture taken. 

After photos were taken, and Henry was tired from taking pictures, we returned to our office to finish the post-processing of the images we scanned earlier with Richmond

After work, Amanda and I went to a small place called Tickles, which serves beer and food in the courtyard of our new dorm.  We both had a Club Beer for my last night in Ghana.  When we returned to our room, we had another little gecko guy, but he stayed near the top of the ceiling, and Amanda and I both fell asleep quickly. 

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