When a student researching a topic in California needs to verify records in Massachusetts, he or she may run into a roadblock if the data isn't available on online databases. If the files are tangible and not present anywhere else, the individual could be out of luck. With this in mind, many academic institutions turn to conversion services for help.
Entities can use these tools to take images of records and save them online, they can be referenced by people remotely. This is the case in Scarsdale, New York, where workers at the Public Library are working to digitize old volumes of local newspapers.
According to the Scarsdale Daily Voice, the initiative represents a joint effort by library employees and members of the local Historical Society to make the files more readily available. Issues of the Scarsdale Inquirer released between 1901 and 1936 will soon be present online, the news outlet detailed, and more than 10,000 pages are already available on the Hudson River Valley Heritage database.
Another benefit to this move is the fact that the articles published during this time will be more easily searchable. The Daily Voice noted that researchers can enter keywords or dates to find pertinent texts.
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