ProQuest Information and Learning has signed an agreement to distribute 17 MediaNews Group newspapers through ProQuest's online interface. These newspapers expand the local news content available through ProQuest. MediaNews Group is a Denver-based owner and operator of daily newspapers throughout the U.S. ProQuest, a unit of ProQuest Company, is an electronic publisher of content for classrooms, libraries and educational institutions worldwide.
The new agreement covers newspapers in California, Pennsylvania and New England, including the Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram, Pasadena (CA) Star-News, San Bernardino (CA) Sun, Lebanon (PA) Daily News, Lowell (MA) Sun, Bennington (VT) Banner and (Bridgeport) Connecticut Post.
Providing more local content is part of ProQuest's strategy to create a total newspaper solution for libraries. The company's news content pool includes 12 million digital pages of archives of major U.S. dailies. Its current collection includes more than 400 full-text newspapers from around the world - 100 of which have been added in the past year. ProQuest's newspaper solutions also include delivery systems, such as NewspaperDirect, which is intended to allow libraries to get direct access to over 250 international and domestic dailies in full-page format.
In other news, ProQuest has announced an agreement with The Columbus Dispatch to distribute the full text of the Ohio-based newspaper to library and education markets around the world via ProQuest's online interface.
The agreement is designed to include all available electronic backfiles without embargoes. The Dispatch will be available in July by subscription in a variety of forms, including stand-alone and in such products as ProQuest Newsstand, Midwest Newsstand and Ohio Newsstand.