Canadian News Content Available Via Digital Microfilm

From ProQuest, Feb. 1, 2011:

Authoritative news from across Canada will be more accessible thanks to ProQuest’s new agreements with newspaper publishers Torstar Syndication Services and Postmedia. ProQuest will add the content from Canada’s largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star, and nearly a dozen Canadian dailies from Postmedia, including the National Post, Vancouver Sun and Montreal Gazette, to its Newspapers in Microform program, a durable access point to valuable primary source material that is not readily available in any other format. Further, the papers will be available via ProQuest Digital Microfilm™, an inventive technology that eliminates the on-site, single-user barriers of traditional microfilm.

Current content as well as backfiles of the Toronto Star, and the 11 dailies from Postmedia – including the Windsor Star, Ottawa Citizen, Regina Leader Post, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Vancouver Province, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal and Victoria Times-Colonist – will be available. This is the first time ProQuest has offered these titles in microfilm and their inclusion in the Digital Microfilm program will significantly expand convenient access. The technology enables multiple, simultaneous users from subscribing libraries to view the full-image content from any computer with internet access.

For more than 70 years ProQuest has provided libraries with a vast selection of valuable newspaper content in preservation quality, full-image microfilm. The new Canadian content joins current and historical content, reproduced and preserved in its original full-image context to meet the specialized needs of researchers. Microfilm is strongly valued for preservation of rare and archival materials. In fact, among archivists it is the only universally agreed-upon form of preservation because of its technology-neutral format, easy storage and immunity to alteration. In addition to its exceptional growth and innovation in the field of digital information, ProQuest continues to evolve microfilm technology. Its pioneering technology Digital Microfilm™ takes the medium to a new level of accessibility by enabling microfilm images to be viewed online, rather than just in the library.

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