Microfilm Digitization

The Ohio History Connection partners with local institutions to digitize their microfilmed newspapers. Microfilm duplication is subcontracted to Bowling Green State University, and digitization is subcontracted to iArchives.

This service includes:

  • Duplication of master negative
  • Pre-digitization material preparation (includes metadata collection and collation)
  • Digitization using the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) technical specifications
    • Structural metadata (places images in the correct order within issues, places issues in the correct order within newspaper title)
    • 3 images
      • Preservation TIFF
      • JP2 (for serving images on the web)
      • PDF (with embedded Optical Character Recognition [OCR] document to make pages keyword searchable
    • XML files containing all structural metadata, title/reel/issue information and OCR
  • Post-digitization quality review
  • Loading and hosting on Ohio Memory (if a member)

Why the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) technical specifications?

Utilizing the NDNP standards helps to ensure long-term, sustainable access for your content. It also allows flexibility in hosting and delivery options as the specification is operable in a variety of digital library platforms.



Please contact Digital Services staff directly to obtain a quote for your project.


Consultation Services

In addition to providing newspaper digitization services, Digital Services staff provides general information and guidance on newspaper digitization projects. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions as we are happy to serve as a resource for you as you plan your newspaper digitization project.


Sample Project

For an example of what your digitized newspaper might look like, view the Amherst News-Times Collection on Ohio Memory. For information about Ohio Memory membership, please click here.



Jenni Salamon
Project Coordinator, NDNP in Ohio
phone: 614-297-2579

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