Australia and New Zealand
Alexander Street Press brings together the skills of traditional publishing, librarianship, and software development to create quality electronic resources. Currently offering collections in music, counseling, history, anthropology, religion, women's studies, nursing, literature and the arts, with a growing collection of online video databases making the offerings ever more multidisciplinary. Upcoming areas include allied health, business, and the sciences. Alexander Street Press is committed to creating collections of global relevance, and partners with the local library community to do so.
We are expanding our Australian, New Zealand and Pacific content across all our collections and creating new collections focused on the content you need – so have a look around and tell us what you think, if you have suggestions we’d love to hear them!
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Australasian Video Online
Featuring content from around Australia, New Zealand, the Solomon Islands, East Timor and the Pacific, Australasian Video Online draws together short film and documentary as well as reality and popular TV material. This collection will contain over 500 hours of indigenous and non-indigenous film at completion, with over 600 titles live upon release. This collection will be the seminal Australasian Video collection, complete with course materials and additional content - an absolute must have for every educational and public library across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
Offering a rare look inside the cultures of Oceania through the lens of the people who live there, this collection offers more than 300 hours of documentaries, shorts, and narrative feature films. It explores the stories, dances, art, history and contemporary issues of Indigenous Australians, Maoris and Pacific Islanders from their perspectives and through their voices, including rare archival footage from Samoa that documents ancient traditional rituals, some recorded on film for the first time. In addition, the collection includes 200+ hours of indigenous content from other continents. This collection will feature native people discussing issues as far ranging as the continuing impact of colonialism on their societies to the impending doom climate change brings to their islands.
Optimizing the study of literature by uniting nearly a century of quintessential literary works into one expansive online resource, Australasian Literature Online delivers more than 120,000 pages of poetry and fiction that capture the vibrancy of Australasia. The collection has been curated with a strong focus on Indigenous Australians, Maori, Pacific Islanders, and female voices. Designed with academic audiences in mind, Australasian Literature Online pairs primary-source literature with supplementary materials—including author interviews, documentaries, scholarly writings, and other related multimedia. Australasian Literature Online will grow to include the literary works of writers from Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Rotuma, the Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tahiti, Tokelau, Tonga, Vanuatu, and more.
This collection is perfect for the new Australian Curriculum with content that spans the core areas and matches with texts being taught in English classrooms; making this collection essential for all levels of Education teaching as well as Literature and Australasian studies.
Early Experiences in Australasia: Primary Sources and Personal Narratives 1788–1901 provides a unique and personal view of events in the region from the arrival of the first settlers through to Australian Federation at the close of the 19th century. Through first-person accounts, including letters and diaries, narratives, and other primary source materials, the collection shares the voices of the time and fosters an enhanced understanding of the experiences of those who took the great challenge in new lands.
Asian Film Online is a multi-part online streaming video collection of more than 1,000 narrative feature films, documentaries, and shorts. With Asian voices addressing Asian issues, and through works selected by Asian film experts, the collection offers highly relevant perspectives and insights. Its themes—such as modernity, globalization, national identity, female agency, inequalities in opportunity amid social and political unrest, and cultural and sexual identity—are central to any meaningful discussion of Asian culture.
Volume I: features more than 600 hours of film from across the region. More than 75 percent of these titles stream exclusively in Asian Film Online, and more than 60 percent are award winners. Twenty-four countries are represented, with a strong concentration on China, India, Iran, South Korea, and Southeast Asia.
Volume II: delivers 500 additional hours of film along with 5,000 pages of text focused on the featured films and filmmakers. The second volume features works from 70 countries across Asia, including more in-depth coverage of Turkey, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, and Vietnam.
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