A massive digitizing initiative is under way to put hundreds of thousands of books, newspapers, and periodicals on the internet. The information archivist company UMI announced that it will scan its collection of printed materials to give schools access to 500 years and 5.5 billion pages of documents via the internet.

UMI announced The Digital Vault Initiative at the annual conference of the American Library Association (ALA) in Washington, D.C., on June 28. Dozens of companies touted products designed to propel school libraries into the digital age. UMI said the effort will create the...

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