An Advantage Preservation project was in the spotlight last week as The Commerce Journal of Greenville, Texas published an article detailing the digitization of the weekly newspaper from 1901 to present.

With the help of a grant from the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Foundation, Advantage Preservation is receiving the microfilm from the Commerce Public Library to digitize, index, make keyword searchable and create a community history archive website for library patrons to easily access the content online. Grant Kaestner of Advantage Preservation worked directly with Commerce Library Director Nan Clay to help find funding for the digitization project in the form of the grant.

Access to the Commerce Journal content that is currently preserved on microfilm will no longer be confined within the walls of the Commerce Public Library and the old “makeshift” microfilm reader. With a digitized collection and website hosted by Advantage Preservation, the content will be accessible from anywhere, anytime.

With the digitization of Commerce Journal, among other projects, the Commerce Public Library has shown it’s commitment to the preservation of local history as well as making this history available to it’s community.

For additional details on the Commerce Journal digitization project, please visit the Commerce Journal to find the full article.