I have a rather large project which will ultimately benefit society, and I'm looking for all the help I can muster. I have about 130,000 pages that need to be digitized. Many of them are in packages that have staples, or are on paper that is 40 plus years old (and is quite thin compared to today’s paper). Some of it is oddly sized (full size legal, maps, and small postcard sizes..). However, we have only ~10 days to process this work (once we arrive on site). We could work through the night.
I have a team of 6, and we have a relatively small budget to accomplish this task. We’ve considered modern scanners (such as a feed-tray fujitsu scansnap), which can process pages at ~25ppm (pages per minute), but we are concerned about pages being torn or caught (and we are trying to not jeopardize originals). There is also the question of the staples (which could be removed...). We could do flatbed, but whoa, that's a huge job to do manually! We could always do this for the very large pieces.
I'm hoping you folks have some very clever ideas on how to accomplish this... Thank you so much for your time and help
EDIT It seems that a combination approach (fine paper scanner + vertical copy stand) would work best so as to ensure the req'd pages/minute. One offline suggestion: A photocopier? What do we assume would happen if we simply photocopied the whole collection first, then either had the copier send a digital onwards, or copy the photocopy in a scanner. It seems like doublework to me, but I'm not familiar enough with the guts of the tech to know better.