The following is a press release written by ProQuest:
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Aug. 28 -- The Library of Virginia is partnering with ProQuest Information and Learning on the digitization of historically significant newspapers. The Library is one of six pilot sites to receive funds from the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP -- http://www.neh.gov/projects/ndnp.html and http://www.loc.gov/ndnp), a long- term effort by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress to develop an internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers. ProQuest is working with the Library of Virginia to digitize key titles covering the time period 1900-1910, including The Richmond Times-Dispatch. In addition, the Library of Congress has chosen ProQuest as a partner to digitally convert 10 years of the New York Tribune to NDNP specifications for inclusion in the NDNP repository.
"ProQuest is proud to assist these renowned libraries in realizing the vision of the National Digital Newspaper Program," said David "Skip" Prichard, president of ProQuest Information and Learning. "ProQuest combines the best platform and services available with a nuanced understanding of libraries and patrons, to deliver accurate, searchable, smart content. We invite other NDNP grant recipients to consider ProQuest as their partner of choice."
ProQuest developed its leading digitization capabilities through the creation of the world's largest digital newspaper archive, ProQuest Historical Newspapers(TM), encompassing the full runs of America's most notable newspapers totaling more than 14 million pages of news, dating back to 1764. ProQuest is working with the Library of Virginia to meet NDNP standards and to make these newspapers cross-searchable on the robust and well established ProQuest Historical Newspapers(TM) platform.
In addition, the Library of Congress will contribute to the NDNP program by digitizing the New York Tribune. The Library of Congress has chosen ProQuest to digitally convert 10 years of the Tribune to NDNP specifications for inclusion in the NDNP repository. The newspaper will be made available to the public as part of the Library of Congress digital collections.
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ProQuest Information and Learning is a world leader in collecting, organizing, and publishing information for researchers, faculty, and students in libraries and schools. It is widely known for its strength in business and economics, general reference, genealogy, humanities, social sciences, and STM content. The company develops premium databases comprising periodicals, newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information from more than 9,000 publishers worldwide. Users access the information through the ProQuest® Web-based online information system, Chadwyck- Healey(TM) electronic and microform resources, UMI® microform and print reference products, eLibrary® and SIRS® educational resources, and Serials Solutions e-resource access and management solutions. ProQuest® Smart Search was named "Best Specialist Search Product" by the International Information Industry Awards in late 2005. For more information about ProQuest Information and Learning, visit http://www.il.proquest.com.