Heritage Microfilm Introduces New Archival and Subscription Program

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Heritage Microfilm will release a new program aimed at bridging the gap between traditional and digital archiving.

While microfilming, a stable and analog technology, will never be superseded by digital technologies for long-term preservation, the digital component allows access on a scale never before breached by microfilm

Starting in June 2006, Heritage Microfilm will release a new program aimed at bridging the gap between traditional and digital archiving.

This new program, named P3, is built around the precepts of “Preserve,” “Protect” and “Prepare.” Focusing on these ideas, Heritage Microfilm has created a program designed to bring libraries and historical societies together with newspaper publishers.

The P3 program is divided into two separate components. The P3 – Publisher Edition is designed for newspaper organizations and involves the microfilming and digitization of newspaper pages. The P3 – Library Edition enables libraries to access this content in both microfilm and web-based digital format.

“While microfilming, a stable and analog technology, will never be superseded by digital technologies for long-term preservation, the digital component allows access on a scale never before breached by microfilm," explains Stephen Carr, Account Manager for Heritage Microfilm. "Both are required to gain the most from your archives.”

Heritage Microfilm will release two new products in conjunction with the P3 program. DigitalMicrofilm is billed as an alternative to traditional microfilm subscriptions. Publisher pre-press files, uploaded weekly into the Heritage system, will be delivered through a digital archive website to the subscribing library. This allows librarians and their patrons to access fully-searchable newspaper content previously available on microfilm.

The second product, Access NewspaperARCHIVE, is the institutional version of the world’s largest online digital newspaper database. Covering first-person news history for over 200 years and including titles from every state in America, Access NewspaperARCHIVE allows libraries to search over 35 million newspaper pages.

Publishers or librarians interested in finding more information about Heritage Microfilm’s P3 program can visit http://www.heritagemicrofilm.com or http://www.newspaperarchive.com , as well as http://www.yournewspaperarchive.com for publishers and http://www.yourlibraryarchive.com for libraries.

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