Advantage Community History Archive:

Go back in time easily with new digitized Doings at the Hinsdale Library (IL)

An Advantage Preservation project was featured in The Chicago Tribune last week as the Hinsdale Public Library helped get Hinsdale’s hometown newspaper, The Doings, available online dating back to 1896!

The Doings digitized, searchable and browsable 1896-2017 can be accessed on the Hinsdale Public Library wi-fi network.

Lisa Knasiak, patron services librarian, oversaw the digitization project with Cynthia Dieden, adult service manager. They boxed up the newspapers and microfilm reels and sent them to Advantage early last summer for digitization.

The archive makes community history accessible and research much easier. Author Sara Clarkson recalled her time working with the microfilm – “Up until a few weeks ago, looking through past issues was a chore which required locating and then very carefully handling an old paper issue. More likely, though, you had to pick through one of nearly 300 rolls of microfilm to find the issue you were seeking, thread the film through a special scanner and fast forward, rewind and then adjust the whole frame — including enlarging or zooming out — just to view a page.”

The Doings Digital Archives now allows patrons to search by title, browse by year or keyword with filters as well as crop, and download each page of the newspaper.

To read the complete article on the Advantage Hinsdale Public Library project please visit or contact account manager Michelle M.