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Weekly News Digest

September 17, 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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New Gale Program Allows Libraries to Own Electronic Archives

Gale Group (, which is part of The Thomson Corp. (, has announced a new Electronic Archive Program. The plan allows libraries to purchase, rather than lease, electronic archives of Gale content, such as Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, the Biography Resource Center, and Literature Resource Center.

"This program is a direct response to librarians' number one concern about electronic data subscriptions," said Helen Wilbur, Gale Group vice president and a former librarian. "Electronic data provides wider access than print, but no preservation. This program is designed to provide the best of both worlds: preservation and access."

Gale Electronic Archive Program customers will pay a one-time fee to purchase available backfile content through the end of the previous year. Gale will deliver the content in a standard tagged format via CD-ROM or ftp. Customers will also have the option to access their archive on a Gale Group server.

As the information is dynamic, customers will also be able to purchase annual updates for their archive, an important option, according to Wilbur. "We'll regenerate the collection each year, integrating changes and adding new content. That will not only help to build an increasingly valuable archive, but will also ensure the collection will be readable in the most current technology," she said. Gale is launching the Electronic Archive Plan with a Charter Club that provides a 25-percent discount on archive orders placed before December 1, 2001.

Source: Gale Group

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