Ever been away and someone gets out a really old photo and says, ‘this is your great grandma’ and you think I want a copy? Now when you go away you can take a scanner with you and copy the photo straight away! I have a Flip Pal scanner, photos below and it is fantastic!
Gould Genealogy in South Australia sell them and accessories.
I have done a class and was shown how to get the best out of the scanner and how to stitch large documents or photos together, once they are scanned. Software comes with the scanner. It runs on 4 AA batteries and you can use rechargeable ones. It comes with a 2GB SD card, it has the stitching program on it. The cover comes off and you flip it over for scanning larger items. I find it a really useful tool. Not all archives like you to use them so check first.
Go to http://www.gould.com.au/ and have a look.