Some institutions have begun experimenting in recent years with standing desks, usually with models which allow conversion between a standing height and a sitting height. This allows the technician to vary their posture, and may help some technicians avoid fatigue, back pain, and boredom. Program Managers for mass digitization efforts should consider the minor added cost of a standing desk, as comfort of the technician (and injury/fatigue) is paramount in maintaining consistent preservation-grade results.
“The staging area at our large-format workstation is just over 14″ high (editor’s note: this is not a DTDCH station), which is an unbelievably awkward height for working on just about anything. It also necessitates the need to be up on one’s feet, so bending over to look at a screen between shots adds insult to injury. The Assistant Director of our department sent over a standing desk that wasn’t being used, which gave us an opportunity to test out the ergonomic impact before going all in. Needless to say, our Collections Photographer loved the new desk. We ended up ordering 3 more, settling on The Uplift 900 from The Human Solution. I’m sure there are many other comparable solutions out there, but we liked the design/impact/simplicity to price ratio. I have since had the opportunity myself to work with the desk and our ridiculously low large-format staging area, and I enjoy the combination quite a bit. CH Imaging is much more enjoyable on one’s feet and with a little music on.”
– Eric Shows, Assistant Manager, Digital Imaging Unit, New York Public Library