We’ve heard from a number of libraries and genealogists who are concerned they may be losing access to resources they value and want to reassure Wisconsin libraries and patrons that BadgerLink will continue to provide access to historic newspapers and genealogy content from Wisconsin and beyond.
While the contract for Access NewspaperARCHIVE will not be continued, the Department is contracting with ProQuest to provide historic newspapers via Newspapers.com Library Edition World Collection. Access NewspaperARCHIVE is no longer provided through BadgerLink, and Newspapers.com Library Edition World Collection will be available as soon as possible. We are confident the Newspapers.com interface and ProQuest customer support will be a step forward for BadgerLink users. The collection contains newspapers from around the world, not just Wisconsin. Once a contract is signed, DPI will share the full title list.
Our current vendor of genealogy/local history resources, HeritageQuest Online, will continue to be our genealogy collection provider. Access to their resources will continue without interruption.
The contracts should be finalized in the next few weeks and we will continue to provide updates about our resources on the Badger Bulletin as well as the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone Blog. We are working to restore access to historic newspapers as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience.