Digitization of The Villager

Skokie Public Library is responsible for digitizing these issues of The Villager, for the purposes of both preservation and ease of access.

The work of digitization was done by a volunteer from the Skokie Historical Society, who now owns the physical issues in this collection and metadata was created by an intern in June of 2019. These issues of The Villager were purchased from a collector online.

Skokie Public Library will continue to look for and welcome information about the issues that we do not have in this digital collection.

Scanning and file information:

Individual pages from the newspapers were each scanned at 300 dpi, 24-bit color using an A3 Bookedge Scanner FB6280E and saved as individual TIFF files, in accordance with current digital archive best practices. We retain the TIFF files for long-term digital storage, but due to their large file size, we do not provide access to them online. Instead, the TIFF files were converted to PDF, digitally bound into individual issues of the newspaper, and run through optical character recognition (OCR) software, Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, so that the files would be searchable. Following this digitization process, descriptive metadata was created for each issue, which was then uploaded into the Omeka content management system, the interface used to browse, search, and view the collection.


The Villager was published by Thomas E. Branagan and Presscraft in 1958 and 1959 in Skokie, Illinois. To best of our knowledge, the paper neither registered for copyright nor displayed a copyright notice in its published issues, leading to the determination that these issues of the newspaper fall into the public domain. In addition, we believe that the benefits of providing access to these digitized newspapers outweigh the risk of potential copyright infringement. If you have further information about this material, please contact our Digital Collections Librarian.

Skokie Public Library
Digital Collections Librarian
5215 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60077

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