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Arcasearch announces new facility to meet customers needs   

ArcaSearch is pleased to announce the opening of a new 10,000-square-foot product center to meet the increasing demand from clients across the country for our quality digital archiving services. With the goal on enhancing customer service, the new site will expand ArcaSearch’s Minnesota-based production facilities and increase our research-and-development capabilities. The existing Paynesville location will continue to serve more than 1,000 ArcaSearch newspaper-publisher clients and newspaper trade associations, as well as other specialized customers.
 
The suburban Minneapolis facility is in Elk River, located on the new Northern Lights commuter-rail system connecting to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. In addition to expanded production and R&D capabilities, the new site will provide ArcaSearch with drive-in warehouse space for climate-controlled archival drop-off and pick-up.
 
ArcaSearch has served customers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa and the Mideast for more than 20 years. Our clients include colleges and universities, local government agencies, libraries and museums, Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, and charitable and other not-for-profit groups.

ArcaSearch part of Association of College and Reference Libraries national conference       

ArcaSearch is off to Philadelphia for the 15th national conference of the Association of College and Reference Libraries (ACRL), March 30-April 2. ArcaSearch lends its support to archival professionals through its regular participation in national, regional and state gatherings.

ACRL, is the largest division of the American Library Association, is a professional association of more than 12,000 academic librarians and other members. The group’s goal is to enhance “… the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching, and research.”

ArcaSearch has served higher education for two decades with its specialized digital archiving services and unique, Internet-based research systems. Compare the truly remarkable quality of ArcaSearch archiving and research systems with other imaging options, and draw your own conclusions.

For those attending the conference, we invite you to visit Booth 738 to learn first-hand how ArcaSearch can benefit your library and institution. And while you’re there be sure to register to win the brand-new iPad 2!

ArcaSearch teams with customer to deliver the news during a snowstorm 

Many ArcaSearch clients are surprised by the breadth and depth of our company's experience and expertise -- we've worked with the ancient scrolls, historic materials dating to America's pioneer era to the modern daily newspaper. Currently, ArcaSearch provides valuable technology services to the newspaper industry: nearly 350 newspapers rely on us to provide "e-editions" to subscribers, more than 1,100 newspapers depend on ArcaSearch for Internet-based research platforms, and we partner with three statewide newspaper trade associations in a variety of business activities.
 
But the ArcaSearch emphasis is always on the individual customer -- such as a newspaper publisher faced with adverse weather conditions.
 
When the "weather outside is frightful" recently, ArcaSearch teamed with a Wisconsin Newspaper Association member to deliver the daily edition to subscribers.
 
A significant Jan. 17 snowstorm in southern Wisconsin closed schools early and created hazardous driving conditions. Seeing the developing problem, Jim Furley, circulation director of the Daily Jefferson County  Union, went for help to ArcaSearch, the six-year WNA business partner.  In 2005, ArcaSearch provided the technology for WNA to move its nearly 40-year-old Clipping Service into the digital age, and later was involved in establishing the association's long-term business agreements with the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Department of Public Instruction, said Executive Director Beth Bennett.  More than 40 WNA member newspapers offer a digital edition to subscribers with ArcaSearch technology, she added.
 
"Is it possible to get the e-edition 'turned on' free for today's paper only?" Furley asked Cal Sixta, ArcaSearch CEO, early Monday afternoon. "We are having a big snowstorm, it's drifting and we're not able to deliver all of our rural papers."
 
ArcaSearch "flipped the switch" in a matter of minutes.  
 
"I really like how we can turn this on 'free mode' during a snowstorm," a relieved Furley said later. "Our rural roads are in bad shape and we don't want the carriers injured. We just had a reporter run out the door to cover a semi-car crash. These aren't the type of roads to be driving on."
 
This isn't the first time ArcaSearch came to the aid of a WNA publisher caught in a serious snowstorm.  The first such event  with a WNA member occurred several years ago WNA First Vice President Pieter Graaskamp, publisher of the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, asked ArcaSearch to do the same thing when a major blizzard brought a large portion of northwest Wisconsin to a halt.

A word-searchable archive ensures that history is alive, relevant and meaningful for ArcaSearch clients – frequently beyond their own expectations.

Many clients tell us that they didn’t anticipate how much their organization members – or alumni and students – would fully appreciate the on-line, word-searchable archive.  One of the clients we heard from is editor of The St. Paul Union Advocate, the official publication of the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. The Advocate has been published continuously since 1897. It long has been recognized as one of the leading labor publications of its kind. 

“Prior to ArcaSearch’s work to create a digital archive of The St. Paul Union Advocate, our archives existed in only two places,” says Editor Michael Moore. “(They were) in my office and the Minnesota History Center. People who wanted to search our archives often had to come into my office while I was working, which was a negative experience both for them and me. What’s more, using the bound archive of the Advocate to do research on a specific topic was difficult. We don’t have an index of topics or a directory. Oftentimes, research required paging through old editions one at a time, hoping to stumble upon what you were looking for.”

Michael continues: “The biggest development to come out of ArcaSearch’s digital archive of the Union Advocate is that our members are getting excited about labor history, about their union’s legacy. It’s so easy to search for your name or your union local’s name – so much easier than paging through old issues, hoping to see a photo or headline you connect with. 

“And that excitement about labor history is contagious – it’s so easy to share with our friends and fellow members what you find in the digital archive. The potential is limitless, and I think we’re only beginning to scratch the surface of what’s possible with the digital archive.”

To visit the archive, go to http://mn.aflcio.org/stpaulunions/index.cfm?action=cat&categoryID=559E3C78-738E-42A6-9DCD-C174522891BA and click on “Union Advocate Digital Archive.”

As of today members of the Wabash family (alumni, students, faculty and staff) can now log-on and search, browse or just wander aimlessly through over 100 years of The Bachelor.

No voice speaks louder or more convincingly for ArcaSearch services than a pleased client. And we’re particularly delighted when appreciative comments are made spontaneously.
 
We recently learned that Beth Swift, archivist at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, used her Dear Old Wabash  blog site to share her institution’s experience in creating a digital archive of The Bachelor, the Wabash College student newspaper.
 
“As of today,” Beth wrote, “members of the Wabash family (alumni, students, faculty and staff) can now log-on and search, browse or just wander aimlessly through over 100 years of The Bachelor.”
 
She continued: “While at a conference of the Society of American Archivists I saw a company that was doing just what we needed done, digitizing and serving over the Internet large runs of student newspapers,” Swift wrote in her blog. “Of course, a project like this would be costly so for the next several years I spoke with everyone I could about how wonderful it would be to have this for the Wabash family. Although it has been a long time coming, I am so pleased to announce the most incredible project of my career at Wabash (so far) and my delight at its debut.”
 
Wabash College writer Jim Amidon explained in a college news release that the online Bachelor archive is accessible from the “Alumni and Parents” page of the college website and is password-protected. The college community can access the site using normal usernames and passwords, and alumni who wish to browse the archive use their alumni services accounts. In early November all alumni were sent a mailing announcing the new archive.
 
The springboard from concept to reality was provided to the college by a generous gift from alumnus Jon Pactor and his wife, Andrea, Amidon reported.
 
 “Andrea and I believe in print, and we want The Bachelor always to be printed,” said Jon Pactor. “It is not just a newspaper, but it is a tangible symbol of our Wabash family. It makes us a stronger, more vibrant community. But, not everyone can have a printed copy of years gone by. We are pleased that through a digitized Bachelor, all of us can have access to a good part of the Wabash life of the last 102 years so that we better can know our history, repeat it, and sustain it.”
 
We at ArcaSearch thank Beth and Jon and Andrea Pactor for the opportunity to serve Wabash College.
 
To read more, visit Beth’s blog at http://blogs.wabash.edu/dear-old-wabash/2010/11/02/a-brave-new-world/ and Jim’s report at http://www.wabash.edu/news/displaystory.cfm?news_ID=8454.

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