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November 11, 2002 — 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 Tribune Publishing Newspapers

ProQuest Information and Learning and Tribune Publishing, a subsidiary of Tribune Co., have announced a long-term content distribution agreement. ProQuest will digitize the complete historical backfiles of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times from their first published editions in 1847 and 1881, respectively, and make both article and full page images available to users. This historical content will be available to the library market exclusively from ProQuest. ProQuest will also distribute more recent content from all 11 of Tribune's daily newspapers via the ProQuest information service.

In addition, distribution rights for microform and ASCII text from these newspapers, as well as nine other Tribune Co. newspapers, are covered by this distribution arrangement. The additional newspapers (to be available from ProQuest both electronically and in microform) include The Hartford Courant, Orlando Sentinel, Newport News Daily Press, The (Baltimore) Sun, (South Florida) Sun-Sentinel, The (Stamford) Advocate, Newsday, The (Allentown) Morning Call, and Greenwich Time.

The digitization undertaken for Tribune Publishing is part of ProQuest's Historical Newspapers project, which was initiated in 2001. Newspapers already in the program include The New York Times (completed July 2002), The Wall Street Journal (completed July 2002), as well as The Christian Science Monitor and The Washington Post (both scheduled for completion in spring 2003). The company has already digitized The Times of London from 1785 to 1870.

Many of the Tribune newspapers included in this new agreement will also use the ProQuest Archiver to distribute their archives to the consumer market via their respective Web sites. ProQuest Archiver provides newspapers with a complete e-commerce-enabled turnkey Web archive.

Source: ProQuest Information and Learning

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