ProQuest Increases Library Options; Expands Digitization; Announces Partnership

Mar 24, 2006

ProQuest Information and Learning introduced its new Genealogy Center program at the Public Library Association's biennial conference. Genealogy Center resources allow libraries to pick and choose from ProQuest's genealogy databases to create a resource tailored to its community's needs. Among the choices are ProQuest's HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition--which provide such research as census data and vital records--as well as other "clue-rich" databases of newspapers, maps, military records, and archival magazines.

ProQuest has also announced ProQuest Obituaries (tentative title), offering access to obituaries and death notices from national newspapers dating back to 1851. ProQuest Obituaries enables users to find ancestors and historical figures, and to trace their family histories through a database of more than 10 million names. ProQuest Obituaries will provide obituaries and death notices in image format from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Constitution, The Boston Globe, and The Chicago Defender. ProQuest Obituaries will launch in the summer of 2006. The first release of ProQuest Obituaries will focus on historical records, and will then grow to include over 150 current newspapers.

ProQuest Information and Learning has expanded its newspaper digitization program with content and the addition of new titles. ProQuest Newsstand now features additional regional and local current newspapers, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers now include additional years of coverage. The new regional and local titles added to ProQuest Newsstand include: Evening Sun (PA); Salina Journal (KS); Savannah Morning News (GA); and Northwest Florida Daily News (FL). ProQuest Newsstand consists of more than 500 current newspapers; 350 papers are available in full-text. Libraries can customize newspaper packages with content relevant to their patrons.

The company has also announced a partnership with Naxos, a provider of music sound recordings on the Web, to offer an integration of music sound files within a music reference database. The agreement will allow mutual users of Naxos Music Library and Chadwyck-Healey International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP) to access sound recordings of music, composers, or artists referenced or reviewed in the IIMP abstracts and articles. Users will be able to access periodical content from IIMP and go directly into Naxos Music Library to listen to the music, composer, or artist referenced or reviewed in the IIMP abstracts and articles. Entire CDs and individual tracks are available. In addition ProQuest is licensing composer information, glossary, pronunciation guide, music fundamental terms (definitions), and opera synopses from Naxos.