This is a great idea! Perhaps more genealogy societies should purchase these commercial-grade large scanners and make them available to members? The following was written by the New England Historic Genealogical Society:
In response to the popularity of the document scanner at the Family History Day in Boston last week, the New England Historic Genealogical Society is implementing a new scanning service. Visitors may bring in documents, including oversized books and manuscripts, to be scanned and saved as a digital file on a USB drive. An NEHGS staff person will scan the materials.
The service will be available on Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. Thirty minute appointments will be available starting on Saturday, November 6, 2010. Access to the document scanner is free. Visitors must supply their own USB drives. NEHGS has drives for sale on the fourth floor. To make an appointment, please contact David Dearborn at email@example.com or by telephone at 617-536-5740 x234.