The MLS Executive Board approved the purchase of statewide licenses for the Springfield Republican and the Cape Cod Times through NewsBank. We are currently in negotiations with NewsBank to purchase these titles. It is likely that they will be renewed statewide soon. These titles were available in certain areas of Massachusetts under legacy licenses that end today—June 30, 2011. We do not expect NewsBank to disable these users during final negotiations. When the contract is finalized, all members will be authorized.
In addition, it has been confirmed that two titles, previously part of the statewide ProQuest Massachusetts Newsstand product: the Boston Herald and the Patriot Ledger are no longer available from ProQuest. The publishers now have licensing agreements with NewsBank. We have received price quotes from NewsBank to license these titles and will be evaluating the affordability versus usage history over the next few days to make a decision on purchasing.
We will provide updates to you as decisions are reached.