Michigan newspaper moves archives online

December 6th, 2012 | Posted by Kevin Corley in Information Management

Companies are increasingly turning to technology to ensure their tangible documents are available to numerous workers and are protected against loss or destruction. By using conversion services to transfer the information on files to electronic databases, businesses can save money spent on storage and time spent searching through the records for the right information.

The newspaper industry is just one sector that is embracing digitization. Many news providers have found that moving old volumes online can help remote researchers look into stories they may have had to travel to a local library for in the past.

According to the Observer & Eccentric, Michigan's Northville Library recently completed a project to transfer archives of The Record online. Volumes published between 1869 and 2011 are now available via electronic servers.

"We've had over 200 users access it so far, which is a good number considering we just launched it," library technology coordinator Michael McEvoy told the news source.

The initiative was conceived a number of years ago and was completed by library volunteers in conjunction with workers at Graphic Science, a firm that recorded the newspaper stories on microfilm and supplies the library with copies in the past. The source said that many people accessed the microfilm over the years for research purposes.

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