This is big news for Canadian law librarians!
CanWest has announced that its Canadian-based electronic subscription news service, FPinfomart, will be adding access to the Globe and Mail. From its November 27, 2006 press release, FPinfomart Adds Globe and Mail Content:
Through an agreement between The Globe and Mail and CanWest MediaWorks Inc., FPinfomart will license The Globe and Mail and distribute content from the newspaper electronically through the FPinfomart product, including two years of archives and daily feeds. The Globe and Mail will be available to FPinfomart customers as part of the base subscription package.
This was the one major Canadian English news title that was not accessible through FPinfomart and was a major reason law firm librarians have not, to date, made this their primary news research source. The Globe was previously only available via the Globe and Mail website or searchable with other newspapers on Lexis Nexis after Factiva moved all of its law customer contracts over to Lexis.
According to the press release, the 2 years of archived content will be available starting January 1, 2007. I am unclear whether this will be a “rolling archives” where there is only ever 2 years of archived content available, or if the archives will build so that, for example, in a year’s time there will be 3 years of archived content and in 2 years there will be 4 years of content. I’ve put in a call in to them to hopefull clarify.
Still, this now creates some more competition in the Canadian news research resources front.