Friday, January 22, 2010

Part 4 of The Genealogy Reference Desk Institute

To get to the beginning of this series, go here:-)

The Genealogy Reference Desk Institute had lunch sponsored by ProQuest.  As such, they did a presentation on some of their library services, such as HeritageQuest and Ancestry Library Edition, both of which I use on a regular basis.

They also told us about their new library product: ProQuest Digital Microfilm.  ProQuest will go into libraries and digitize their microfilmed newspaper holdings so that users can have access to it remotely.  It will also be searchable, users can crop and save the articles they want and enhance brightness and contrast.  According to ProQuest, this will "reduce film damage and loss as will as the need to use and maintain microfilm readers/printers."  ProQuest will also help they libraries with getting the rights due to copyright.  It will be interesting to see how many libraries take this on.  I know it would help me out as I do not get to Buffalo nearly enough to go through newspapers there.

The next session was on timelines by Laura Prescott, which I will post tomorrow.

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