Advantage Preservation:

Caribou library archives date back to late 19th century (Caribou, Maine)

An Advantage Preservation project is in the news this week as The County,
hub for the Aroostook Republican, Houlton Pioneer Times, and The Star-Herald of Maine looked at the Caribou Libraries efforts to keep the content of historical newspapers alive via digitization.

The Caribou Library sends reels of microfilm, each containing a year’s worth of papers, to Advantage to digitize and make available online at the Caribou Public Library Community History Archive.

“You can go online and search for anything in those papers, and you can even crop sections, add notations, and save it as a digital image instead of taking out a newspaper from 1926.” Said Caribou Public Library Director Anastasia Weigle. “Archivists know it’s not the newspaper that’s valuable,” said Weigle, “but the content in that paper. We have a number of publications we can’t even bring out of the box because they’re just falling apart.”

Advantage preserves the newspapers on microfilm and makes them easily accessible online with digitization. Currently, the Caribou Public Library has over 2,775 pages of the Aroostook Republican available online dating back to 1880 with the library seeking funds for more to be added.

You can read the full article published on July 16th in The County.