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ProQuest to Digitize Small Town Newspaper Archives
ProQuest Information and Learning (http://www.proquest.com) 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 newspapers. Because 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
LexisNexis and Biz360 Partner on Reputation Monitoring Solution
LexisNexis (http://www.lexisnexis.com) announced the availability of LexisNexis MarketImpact, a reputation and brand monitoring solution. It is powered by Biz360 (http://www.biz360.com), a provider of market intelligence solutions that also provides the Web content. Expanding on an existing alliance initiated in 2004, LexisNexis has entered into a preferred relationship with Biz360 to provide enterprises with the one-stop approach for deploying a real-time solution that aggregates, analyzes, and measures global news and business information across print, broadcast, radio, and online sources.
LexisNexis MarketImpact generates visual reports after analyzing the news and business collection of LexisNexis—up to 20,000 sources, including newspapers, trade journals, business newswires, press wires, broadcast media transcripts, and market and analyst reports. In addition, blogs, news Web sites, and message boards can be added to the analysis to ensure a comprehensive view of market perception. LexisNexis MarketImpact is based on Biz360’s market intelligence application, Market360, which uses natural language processing to uncover marketing insights.Source: LexisNexis
Swets Partners with Taylor & Francis to Launch New eCollections
Swets Information Services (http://www.swets.com) announced it is partnering with Taylor & Francis (http://www.taylorandfrancis.com) to launch new Social Science and Humanities eCollections of e-books. The companies said the Social Science and Humanities eCollections provide a way for libraries to arrange access to a large number of e-books at low cost; the collections also increase accessibility to more users through the Web. The new eCollections have been sourced from imprints such as Routledge, RoutledgeFalmer, and Taylor & Francis.
Available by annual subscription, libraries can choose collections of e-books from 10 specific subject areas. They can also subscribe to the entire set of collections and receive an additional 10 percent discount. Subjects include business and management, economics, education, geography, history, literature, philosophy, politics and international relations, religion, and sociology.
Once in the library catalog, the eCollections are accessible from anywhere with Web access via IP addresses or username/password. No special plug-ins or downloads are needed. Each title in the eCollections can be viewed by up to five users at a time, and an online reservation system is provided if anyone is ever unable to access a title. In addition, individuals can see their own copy of each book; make their own private notations, highlights, and bookmarks; and print up to 5 percent of each book in the library collection. A free demonstration or 60-day trial account can be set up for either the entire collection or a specific subject area.
Source: Swets Information Services
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