Libraries & Historical Societies

 

Combined, the Advantage Preservation team has been partnering with Libraries, Colleges, and Historical Societies to preserve their local history for over a century. We take great pride in converting local historical newspapers 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.

Libraries & Historical Societies

Through a collaborative approach, you’re involved from the initial specifications to the delivery of the products, thus assuring the outcome you want and expect.

Subscriptions to newspaper microfilm from Advantage Preservation can be as much as 40% less than you are currently paying to your current vendor.  We partner with several libraries and historical societies on microfilming and preserving their historical documents, and they have become close friends over the years. We understand the challenges.  We know the budgets you face, and with Advantage you will receive HIGH QUALITY film at a greatly reduced price compared to other service providers. All film is produced in the United States, and original materials will NEVER leave our secure facility. There are no long term contracts to sign.  We are very confident that you will be satisfied with our service.

At Advantage Preservation, we also understand that preservation is only 1/2 of the equation. Once your materials are protected on Microfilm, you need to consider accessibility to the valuable content. Advantage Preservation offers a user friendly digital solution to research your materials via our Community History Archive hosted solution. After we digitize the newspaper pages, we OCR (Optical Character Recognition), index and host the images on a portal where your patrons can browse, search, view, clip, and share articles and pages from your community’s history.

Although historical newspaper digitization is our specialty, we have equal passion for all historic documents, including vital records, transcripts, journals, and more. Researchers and Genealogists that visit your institution can save time by searching through your database by name, date range, key words, etc…without the expense of purchasing or upkeep of a microfilm reader.

Some of the things we can offer are:

  • Microfilming Historical Newspapers or Documents 35 mm Silver Halide Microfilm.
  • Original Paper Documents/Books
  • Annuals
  • Record Books
  • Marriage Records
  • Birth Records
  • Death Records
  • Programs
  • Photos (Black and White or Color)
  • Newsletters, Bulletins, etc.

Newspaper Microfilm Subscriptions:

  • Your microfilm will be produced in a timely fashion after receiving the newspapers. If there is a delay for any reason (missing issues, ect.) you will be notified immediately.
  •  Microfilm subscriptions for libraries, colleges, county clerk offices, and historical societies will be close to 40% less than our competitors.

Our Quality Standards:

Quality Control and Quality Assurance are what set the microform production process at Advantage Preservation apart from others in the industry. Quality Control is defined as those steps incorporated into the production process that are designed specifically to reduce error. Quality Assurance is the process by which the total product is examined to ensure that the quality criteria established by Advantage Preservation are met.

Quality criteria may include, but may not be limited to:

  • Overall legibility
  • Smallest detail legibility captured
  • Completeness of detail
  • Dimensional accuracy compared with the original
  • Completeness of overall image area
  • Density

Our processes align to ANSI/AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) standards for archival microfilming, as well as specifications developed by the Research Libraries Group (RLG) & by the Library of Congress. This requires stringent adherence to our internal guidelines regarding the careful production & examination of all archival microfilm, in addition to well controlled storage & handling conditions

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At Advantage Preservation, we understand that preservation is only 1/2 of the equation. Once your materials are protected on Microfilm, you need to consider accessibility to the valuable content. Advantage Preservation offers a user friendly digital solution to research your materials. The digital images can be provided on a searchable Hard Drive, DVD or we can format the images so they can be imported into your own searchable database. We offer full OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and Indexing of the images.

 

Combined, the Advantage Preservation team has been partnering with Libraries, Colleges, and Historical Societies to preserve their local history for over a century. We take great pride in converting local historical newspapers, record books, public records, and photos onto 35mm Silver Halide Microfilm to protect the valuable content from the ravages of time. Our Microfilm meets all ANSI/AIIM Standards for microfilm preservation and use archival-quality 35mm Silver Halide microfilm produced in our lab for true 500+ year preservation

Digital Archive Hosting services from Advantage Preservation include designing and implementing cost-effective Web Based Document Management systems. We use these systems to create a web-accessible archive that leverages the latest online based document management technologies. Each application is customized to meet a client’s specific needs for an online web document hosting application.

Microfilm scanning plays a very important roll in any document preservation and access strategy, and Advantage Information Management Solutions are world leaders in this field – the result of over 30 years of working with micro graphic media.  Our microfilm laboratory has converted hundreds of millions of images from microfilm, microfiche and aperture cards.

When properly manufactured, processed, and stored, polyester-based silver gelatin microfilm can be expected to last for as long as 500 years, but routine inspection of your non-silver film is highly recommended. As resources and time are limited commodities in most organizations, we have contract services for microfilm inspection available to help ensure the integrity of your film archive. Advantage Preservation’s associates and archival specialists will evaluate existing acetate based microfilm collections and provide detailed documentation.

Our document scanning services for micro-graphics are unmatched – the result of years of working with micro-graphic media.  Our microfilm laboratory has converted hundreds of millions of images from microfilm, microfiche and aperture cards. At Advantage Information Management Solutions we offer many options for conversion of microfiche to digital image. Although similar to microfilm roll scanning, microfiche images must be individually scanned, and the conversion requires more time than roll film.

We utilize a number of different OCR conversion software packages for our scanning services and forms processing, each of which has its own strengths for certain types of documents. We don’t just scan paper documents, but we also convert materials that have been stored in microfilm and microfiche. Advanatage tailors data capture to the specific requirements of a project. We carefully analyze client needs and intensively test alternatives before recommending the conversion process.

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