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December 3, 2001 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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ProQuest Acquires SoftLine Information

ProQuest Information and Learning ( has announced that it has acquired SoftLine Information (, the Stamford, Connecticut-based producer of online databases for libraries and educational institutions. SoftLine's full-text databases will become available from ProQuest immediately.

SoftLine offers more than 500 newspapers and magazines from ethnic, minority, native, gender, alternative, and independent press. Prior to SoftLine's introduction of its databases, most titles were not available in electronic formats. The titles are organized into five specialized databases covering ethnic, cultural, and demographic diversity, including Ethnic NewsWatch, Ethnic NewsWatch History, Alt-Press Watch, Gender Watch, and Diversity Your World. The databases are available by subscription and are delivered to library users via the Web. Founded in 1991, SoftLine's mission has been to bring information to a public forum that reflects diversity within the American mainstream.

"SoftLine products are highly valued by libraries and users for their quality, unique content, and ability to bring alternative viewpoints to the learning experience," said Joe Reynolds, president and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning. "The addition of these databases to our product offerings brings new and valuable facets to research and learning in school, public, and academic libraries, and we're committed to the continuation of providing and improving access to this important content."

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

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