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March 20, 2008 — 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 Add Oral History Videos to Black Studies Center

ProQuest (, part of the Cambridge Information Group (, will be adding a collection of 100 oral history videos from The HistoryMakers (, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive to its Black Studies Center. Each video is 2 to 3 hours in length and accompanied by complete, searchable transcripts. Black Studies Center, from ProQuest’s Chadwyck-Healey brand, is designed to create a framework for undergraduate and graduate level Black Studies courses and provide information that cannot be found elsewhere.

The video interviews present full accounts of the person’s early life, family history, education, and professional work. The interviews are of contemporary African Americans, many of whom were the first to break various barriers in business, science, medicine, education, and government. Black Studies Center’s The HistoryMakers collection includes interviews of Barack Obama, Rev. Al Sharpton, Gordon Parks, John Lewis, John H. Johnson, Julian Bond, Nikki Giovanni, John Hope Franklin, Terry MacMillan, Isaac Hayes, Alvin Poussaint, and many more. Each oral history video will include a transcript that is subject-indexed. Videos will also be browsable by name of interviewee, occupation, subject, and theme.

Founded in July 1999 as a national 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, The HistoryMakers represents the single largest African American archival collection in the world. The purpose of this collection is to educate and show the breadth and depth of the African American experience through first person narratives of both well-known and unsung African Americans.

Source: ProQuest

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