Newspaper Publishers Continue To Record The First Rough Draft Of Their Community's History
Publishers across the United States have joined Advantage’s efforts to ensure that their community can connect with their past and that the community’s history is available in the future. Advantage works to bring the local library, museum, or school together with the newspaper publisher and other community leaders and like-minded individuals. Each partner plays a critical role, and we have been delighted with how our Publisher partners have embraced theirs. They understand that each page of a newspaper published in the community they serve represents a page of that community’s history. Pages published 25, 50, or 100 years ago are considered “history” today, but pages printed today represent “history” 25, 50, and 100 years from now.
We also recognize that microfilm is the only viable solution to the long term archiving of that “history.” Access to this content is equally valuable, which is why we offer comprehensive (and affordable) digital solutions. Still, we view digitization as an enhancement to the preservation strategy and not a replacement for it and only if it respects the publisher’s policy and strategic plan for the use of their content…past, present, and future.
We regard our relationships with the publisher as partnerships, and we enjoy a collaborative approach in developing a strategy for preservation, access, and if they so choose monetization. We invite them to help us support the institutions within their community in their education and outreach efforts. For years, preserving our cultural heritage has fallen to local communities and groups, with small staffs and even more modest budgets. Advantage’s model benefits not only these institutions, but the publishers, and the community. Communities across the country now recognize that the preservation of local history is a shared responsibility.
Newspaper Microfilming Services
At Advantage Archives, 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 have access to the “first draft of history.” The only correct way to ensure its survival is through microfilming.
We use the only proven long term preservation method for newspaper & document 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 medium has a life expectancy of over 500 years under the proper storage and handling conditions.
Local historical newspapers must be captured onto 35mm Silver Halide Microfilm to protect the valuable content from the ravages of time. Our microfilm meets or exceeds all ANSI/AIIM Standards for microfilm preservation and use archival-quality 35mm Silver Halide microfilm produced in our FujiFilm Certified Lab for 500+ year preservation. Through a collaborative approach, our clients are involved from the initial specifications to the delivery of the products, thus assuring the outcome they want and expect. We produce all microfilm in the United States, and original materials will NEVER leave our secure facility. With microfilm stored to our standards, archived content will be available for future generations and accessible by anyone with a magnifying glass and a light source!
In addition to the long term preservation of your content, subscriptions to your newspaper’s microfilm can be offered to interested institutions. We offer profit sharing, and royalty arrangements and qualifying publishers are rightfully compensated for any distribution of their content. Some publishers forgo these royalties, instead opting to donate these funds to the local libraries in the form of discounts on their microfilm subscription or credit for future preservation or access projects.
Regardless of the partnership arrangement, you can be confident that your copyright is respected at all times, and Advantage will never misuse your intellectual property.
Provide Practical Access To Preserved Content
Some publishers find themselves trying to decide between the need to monetize this history and ways to add additional value to the community through open access to the pages of their archives. Advantage does not believe that these have to be mutually exclusive concepts. We designed our services to either stand-alone or compliment, enhance, and supplement services by other providers.
We have a dedicated team of account managers that work with Libraries, Colleges, and Historical Societies across the country, and we are very conscious of the fact that many institutions and government agencies continue to face funding challenges and restricted budgets. Due to the cuts, publishers are looking for alternative revenue streams and secondary markets for their back-file. Unfortunately, many institutions can’t afford to pay for access from big aggregators of content.
Our goal is to ensure that a model exists to make the limited funds of our community’s institutions as impactful as possible. At Advantage Archives, we believe there is a solution for any budget. We don’t subscribe to the idea of access to local history, only being available to the largest institutions. Local history should also be accessible to small and underserved communities.
Your community’s history can coexist behind a paywall, aggregation service, or business-to-consumer subscription website. Your content can become part of a larger pool of resources for genealogists and researchers, while simultaneously being available free to your community through an open, or restricted (within the walls of the school or library only) access model.
Historical newspapers and documents provide the first draft of our community’s history, and they not only need to be preserved but made easily accessible. You might be evaluating the advantages of digitizing this historic content once it is preserved on microfilm. We have received this question asked by library directors many times. The answers vary from community to community to some degree, but in the end, the universal answer boils down to:
It will save time, improve research accuracy, protect the preservation copy, save money on physical replacements, & create a valuable community asset.
Spotlighting A Few Of Our Library Partners:
We truly value our long-standing partnerships with libraries and publishers in communities across the United States. We have been privileged to help them preserve and provide online access to their community’s history. We are pleased that they share our mission to ensure that documents from the past are accessible in the present and available in the future. We also work with museums, historical societies, genealogical societies, colleges, universities, and more, to provide Document Imaging, Preservation Microfilming Services, Microform Scanning, Digital Archive Hosting, and Document Management Solutions.
The Advantage Archives team has been partnering with libraries, colleges, and historical societies to preserve their local history one community at a time. We take great pride in our work to preserve the past, make it accessible in the present, and ensure its future…..and it all starts with converting local historical newspapers and other documents onto 35mm Silver Halide Microfilm, It is critical to protect the valuable printed content, from the ravages of time. Our internal microfilm standards exceed ANSI/AIIM standards for microfilm preservation.
Newspaper publishers have recorded their community’s “first draft of history” everyday. We preserve that history, on microfilm, and partner with the publisher to make that preserved content widely available to interested libraries and institutions in their community and beyond. Our processes meet or exceed all ANSI/AIIM Standards for microfilm preservation. The service will be done at no cost to our qualifying publishing partners. The papers will be shipped to our facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where they will be handled with care.
Qualifying publishers will also enjoy a revenue sharing opportunity on the content sold on a subscription basis to the interested libraries . The master negative copy can be stored at no additional charge in our state of the art vault under the publisher’s ownership. We are merely the custodian of the publisher’s intellectual property.
The Advantage team has been closely monitoring the painful condition and trends in the budgets of our state governments. We are incredibly conscious of the fact that one of the hardest-hit areas over the past several years has been in document imaging and historical document preservation. These cuts have impacted services in our government libraries, historical societies, archives, & other agencies. Often the cuts have been profound, and in many cases, these institutions have been underfunded or no longer receive funding at all. We have developed several service offerings and solutions in the wake of the ongoing budget cuts and resource allocations, and many provided at no cost to the state or its taxpayers.
For many years Advantage Archives has worked with educational institutions of all sizes, public and private, and we understand the importance of the services they provide their students, their community, their state, and beyond. We have partnered with these college & university libraries, K-12 schools, & other educational institutions to provide subscriptions to newspapers on microfilm, preservation microfilming services, digital access solutions, and much, much more. We also recognize the additional burden on the administration with more paperwork than ever before. Dealing with paper-based business processes while struggling to comply with regulations such as NCLB, FERPA, and HIPAA is resource-intensive. Our document scanning and conversion solutions for educational institutions can help reduce costs, improve staff productivity, and provide superior service to departments, faculty, students, and parents.
Historical preservation is far from our only area of expertise! Our dedicated commercial document imaging solution division AdvantageIMS is dedicated to providing solutions to industries and government agencies everywhere. Businesses large and small value their partnership with Advantage, as much as we value ours with them. Archiving and retrieving information may not be your core competency, but it is ours. We provide solutions tailored to your industries, including hospitals, universities, law firms, manufacturing companies, research firms, transportation, and any other business that generates paperwork. Advantage’s commercial division has provided document management solutions for many years. We pride ourselves on our understanding of business documents and their impact on your bottom line. We listen to your needs and requirements and design a solution specific to your company and its’ clients.Learn More
Whether your document is a day old or 200 years old, we have the technology, experience, and expertise to provide your library, historical societies, museums, and other institutions, with archiving and access options. Our solutions are designed to fit your institution’s unique needs and budget restrictions. We specialize in Document Imaging, Preservation Microfilming Services, Microform Scanning, Digital Archive Hosting, and Document Management Solutions. We partner with libraries & historical societies just like yours to preserve their community’s past, make accessible in the present, and available in the future.
The history recorded in the documents from communities across the country is invaluable. Newspapers, atlases, almanacs, personal journals, directories, government documents, and even yearbooks can put historical events in perspective and allow 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 have access to the documents that would otherwise be lost to the erosion of time if they remained on fragile paper. The only true way to ensure its survival is through microfilming.Learn More
A digital archive allows you to give your historical documents a new life, and give your community an easy-to-use resource, by converting your local newspaper microfilm, and other historical documents, to a fully-searchable digital archive. The Community History Archives serve as a practical means to explore and discover content that was not easily accessible before. Preserving the historical content on microfilm ensures that the “first rough draft of history” is available for future generations. Using digitization as a supplement (not a replacement) to your long term archival strategy, it opens up an authentic way for the members of your community to connect with their history.Learn More
The content contained on paper documents give a firsthand account and informs our perspective of history, that shaped not only your community, but also your state, and the nation from a local perspective. Although historical newspaper imaging is our specialty, we have an equal passion for all historical documents, including vital records, family bibles, transcripts, journals, and more. All documents and fragile papers are evaluated and processed to assure proper care and accurate conversion. Our experience covers a broad range of document types from a few days, a few years, or even 300 years ago. All phases of the archival document imaging process, such as preparation, document scanning, document indexing, etc., are managed effectively by the experienced team at Advantage. We work closely with our clients through the entire lifecycle of the project utilizing proven project management and preservation methodologies.Learn More
Historical preservation is far from our only area of expertise! Our dedicated commercial document imaging solution division AdvantageIMS provides solutions for more documents critical to your business or organization. Archiving and retrieving information may not be your core competency. It is ours. We provide solutions tailored to your specific requirements. Advantage Archives’ commercial division has provided document management solutions for many years. We pride ourselves on our understanding of business documents and their impact on your bottom line. We listen to your needs and requirements and design a solution specific to your company and its’ clients.Learn More
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