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September 6, 2005 — 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 to Digitize Small Town Newspaper Archives

ProQuest Information and Learning ( has expanded its newspaper digitization program to include small town and community newspaper archives. The new expanded program brings preservation and access to smaller, more specialized collections. ProQuest's Historical Newspapers is claimed to be the world's largest digital newspaper archive, encompassing the full-runs of many notable newspapers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and others. The complete Historical Newspapers archive now encompasses 14 million pages of content.

ProQuest launched its new expanded service with the digitization of the Zeeland Record, the tiny weekly that has served its western Michigan community since the 1890s, when the town became a destination for Dutch settlers in the state. The town's Howard Miller Public Library contracted ProQuest to digitize its 43 rolls of microfilmed issues of the Zeeland Record after receiving a financial gift from the estate of a board member.

ProQuest's small newspaper digitization program is nearly identical to the digitization program used for major national newspapersBecause small newspapers have fewer articles per page, article-level searching is not required. Instead ProQuest digitizes to the page level, making the service more affordable for small communities. Also, each ProQuest project is cross-searchable within the larger database. For example, the Zeeland Record can be searched in conjunction with The New York Times or Chicago Tribune, providing researchers with the "local angle" in the context of the larger, national story.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

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