Larry only loves one thing more than his family and football…history. Specifically the history found in the historical community newspapers across the county. Larry works with his clients to provide comprehensive preservation and digital accessibility solutions to ensure that “the first rough draft of history” is preserved for tomorrow, but easily available today. When working with Larry you will have a strong partner who will collaborate with you throughout the process, and cares about the content as much as you do..
What Are Larry’s Clients Saying?
Richard BaranowskiLocal History Librarian, Way Public LIbrary -Perrysburg Ohio
““Larry Eckhardt from Advantage did a fine job for our library, the Way Public Library in Perrysburg, Ohio. Our city has had two or three newspapers at different times over the past 150 years or more and he digitized all of them last summer. We sent him our microfilmed newspapers. He scanned them and returned them to us safely. Now we are able to search these newspapers electronically. This is a powerful tool for research. This collection, now digitally accessible has become a great asset to our Local History Department, library and our community. (Should have done it a long time ago.) I hope to work with Advantage on future projects.””
Susan CorlHead of Reference, Holmes County Distict Public LIbrary, Millersburg OH
“A digitization project can be very daunting. Procuring a professional company to digitize valuable and one-of-a-kind materials is quite stressful. If the materials are lost or damaged, they cannot be replaced. My fears were immediately alleviated when I initially spoke with Larry Eckhardt at The Advantage Companies. Larry answered all of my questions and responded quickly to my emails. The process of sending and receiving the microfilms of our local newspaper was seamless, and Larry was very helpful throughout the process. We received the materials back in great shape and immediately utilized the website that held our local history. That site is well used by our staff as well as patrons in Ohio and all over the nation. It is so nice to be able to show a genealogist across the country how to access an obituary from years ago. The patrons also enjoy perusing the old newspapers. This is all possible because of the work completed by Larry and The Advantage Companies. I would recommend them highly for all of your digitization needs.”
Amanda BennettLibrary Director Ada Public LIbrary, Ada OH
“"After speaking with other libraries who had utilized Advantage, I reached out to Larry Eckhardt when we were considering digitizing our microfilm collection. Not only did Larry respond with a comprehensive and detailed quote, and estimated time frame, but Advantage also safely received, processed, and digitized our collection in less time than originally scheduled. Through the whole process I've been very impressed with Advantage's work, and particularly of the prompt assistance that Larry has provided when questions have arisen. Our patrons are ecstatic that our former microfilm collection is now available 24/7 from our website, which Advantage was able to set-up seemlessly. I would highly recommend Advantage and Larry Eckhardt as your rep for your digitization needs!"”
Gloria MaloneReference Librarian Champaign County Library, Urbana OH
“The Champaign County Library contracted the Advantage Company to digitize our local newspapers that date back to the 1820's. We have received many compliments from library staff and members of the community who appreciate the convenient access and ease of locating information that before would take months to search through on microfilm. This information can now be accessed not only at the library but from anywhere in the world on the Internet. Mr. Eckhardt was very helpful with this project and is always available to answer any questions. ”
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We work with libraries, state and local historical societies, newspaper publishers, genealogical societies, museums, and other institutions that value history as much as we do. Our model is to focus on partnerships that bring together the rights holder, the the libraries, and the schools and provide a means to involve other like minded individuals in their community to preserve and provide access to their local history
Our experienced preservationists take pride in the care applied to preparing, inspecting and filming newspapers that can range from a few months old to papers from 2 centuries ago, and everything in between. In addition to 35mm archival microfilming services, we also provide microfilm scanning, microfilm processing & duplication, microfiche scanning, as well as a custom online search platform for the hosting of digitized newspaper archives.