Archiving Solutions For The Past, Present,
And Future Of Documents, Old Or New
About Advantage Archives
Whether your document is a day old, or 200 years old, Advantage has the technology, experience and expertise to provide you with archiving and access options that will fit your organization’s unique needs. Our Cedar Rapids, Iowa facility is purpose-built for archival storage of physical materials, while our Community History Archive online search platform & Docuware document management solutions offer access to your online or electronic archives.Our facility features, an ANSI/AIIM compliant microfilm storage vault, Fuji certified film lab, and an advanced document imaging center. At Advantage we work to ensure that documents from yesterday, last year, or a century ago, are available today, next year, or a century from now….Most documents created today will be of historical significance years from now, in the same way that documents published 100 years ago are valuable today. We understand that many of the documents are, or will be, considered a business, or cultural asset. We accept our role and the importance of our responsibility in the handling of your records, newspapers, microfilm, historical documents and other original materials you have entrusted to our care. We are diligent in our process and practices, and will provide your organization with the quality of service your organization demand and deserves, handled with the passion and pride of a team of imaging professionals and preservationists that care as much about your organization’s records & community’s history, as they do their own. Archiving the accounts of history as told by the individuals that witnessed it is core to our mission, as is making that history easily accessible and ready available. We aim to put history at the fingertips of anyone who is interested, and connect the community to their past in a very tangible and meaningful way.
About Advantage Preservation
At Advantage, we fully recognize that the history recorded in the pages of a community’s newspaper is invaluable. It puts historical events in perspective, allows us to view those events through the lens of someone who was there and witnessed “history as it happened”. It also allows us to connect to our past in a real and tangible way. This cultural asset must be protected and preserved so future generations can can have access to the “first draft of history”.
The only true way to ensure its survival, is through microfilming. Advantage Preservation prides itself not only meeting, but exceeding ANSI/AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) standards for archival microfilming, as well as specifications developed by the Research Libraries Group (RLG) and by the Library of Congress. This requires stringent adherence to our internal guidelines regarding the careful production and examination of all archival microfilm, in addition to well controlled storage and handling conditions.
We also offer microfilm duplication, microfilm inspection, as well as re-mastering of “at risk” film that has been contaminated by redox or vinegar syndrome.We use the only proven long term preservation method for newspaper preservation, microfilming on to silver halide 35MM archival quality film. This polyester based microfilm is the only medium currently recommended for preservation microfilming. This stable and durable 35MM microfilm has a life expectancy of over 500 years under the proper storage and handling conditions. Ultrasonic welds are used for all splices, and all of the preservation microfilm produced by Advantage Preservation is wound on inert plastic reels and stored in acid-free, lignin storage boxes. We maintain a dedicated microfilm storage vault, with constant temperature control, humidity management, flat archival storage, and pollution filtration to maintain maximum quality.
In addition to our dedication to archival preservation, we also understand the need for accessibility. Advantage Preservation, will digitize your newspaper or historical document to produce a comprehensive, keyword searchable, digital archive for use in your institution, organization, or website.
We are committed to preserve and facilitate access to historical content in print that would otherwise be lost to the erosion of time.
About Advantage IMS
Advantage Information Management Solutions provides comprehensive document management and imaging solutions to organizations across the country. We pride ourselves in our consultative approach, and fully recognize the importance of fast and practical access to business critical documents and their impact on your bottom line. We listen to your needs and requirements and design a solution specific to your organization. We do not have an “out-of-the-box” approach to digital conversions. Our experience substantiates the common sense premise that every client’s needs are somewhat different, even within the same industry, government agency and application area. As a result, every Advantage IMS project is customized to specific client requirements
Our experienced staff members take pride in preparing, scanning, inspecting and indexing your important documents, and are proud of the high quality and accuracy of our products. Our average staff member has more than twenty years of experience with sophisticated document scanning services, facilities management and a broad array of document imaging and data capture services. All phases of a document imaging project such as preparation, document scanning, document indexing, PDF conversion, OCR/ICR, and more can be done by Advantage IMS directly by our client or apportioned to either based upon the most efficient systems approach.
Our experience covers a broad range of document types. We scan items as small as credit card receipts or as large as computer printouts, and from centuries old newspapers to fragile historical documents. We have a wide experience with difficult paper such as tissue or color copies and two-sided documents. All valuable and fragile papers are evaluated and processed to assure proper care and accurate conversion. No service bureau can match our experience and state-of-the-art techniques.
We convert images and data from all types of media from commercial documents to rare books, computer files and photos. Methods range from single page processing with manual data entry to high-speed OCR / ICR, forms processing and media conversions. Our successful project management and data conversion experience is backed up by outstanding references in government and almost every paper-intensive industry.