Evidence-Based Acquisition | Alexander Street
Evidence-Based Acquisition

Evidence-Based Acquisition

With evidence-based acquisition (EBA), a patron-focused model, your institution has unlimited use of a massive selection of streaming video content. Patron preferences influence what you, the librarian, choose to purchase for perpetual ownership, but you’re in no way obligated to buy the videos that patrons view.

What’s EBA?

With evidence-based acquisition (EBA), a patron-focused model, your institution has unlimited use of a massive selection of streaming video content. Patron preferences influence what you, the librarian, choose to purchase for perpetual ownership, but you’re in no way obligated to buy the videos that patrons view.

Your users choose among tens of thousands of films for up to a full year. Daily usage statistics—the “evidence”—help you choose what to buy.

  • Unlimited patron access to more than 49,000 videos for up to a year
  • Full librarian control over the choice of titles
  • Perpetual rights to the videos selected 
  • Is EBA the right choice for your library?

EBA is for the library that wants to grow permanent video holdings and has funding for perpetual acquisitions. You decide the EBA access period and the corresponding advance funding commitment—ranging from 4 months to a full year. At the end of the access period, you’ll own perpetual rights to videos equal in value to your funding commitment.

EBA gives you flexibility and personalization, letting you build targeted video holdings based on your curricular needs, patron selection behavior, and other factors.

EBA doesn’t replace Alexander Street’s current acquisition models—including discipline-specific collections—it adds an additional way for your library to acquire content across disciplines, serving the video needs of many departments. Is your institution known for its drama program? Select videos of plays and performers that are most watched by students. Does your education department want more targeted resources? Add hands-on training sessions and classroom demonstrations in topics that match your course syllabi.

How does it work?

You begin by making an EBA commitment in the dollar amount that suits your budget. The higher the commitment, the longer period of content access. You’ll receive an invoice at the start of the EBA access period. Patrons will have unlimited access to the full content of Alexander Street’s video collections for up to one year.

Throughout the access period, use Alexander Street’s detailed metrics, along with feedback from faculty and others, to select videos for your permanent collection. The EBA admin module, which works like an online shopping cart for authorized EBA administrators, shows you your video usage stats, items still available for purchase, and the dollars remaining in your commitment balance. At the end of the EBA period, you’ll own perpetual rights to the items you’ve chosen as you’ve spent down your commitment.

And because MARC records are included for most videos, the program works seamlessly with discovery services.

What support is included?

Alexander Street provides consultative support including a dedicated Account Manager, usage tools, an online Support Center, faculty outreach, training sessions, COUNTER-compliant daily usage stats, and more.

I have questions. How can I learn more?

Ask your sales rep for more information or email sales@alexanderstreet.com.

What content is included?

The EBA program provides access to the complete video content of the following collections.

  • 60 MINUTES: 1997-2014
  • American History in Video
  • Art and Architecture in Video
  • Asian Film Online: Volume I
  • Asian Film Online: Volume II
  • Black Studies in Video
  • Business Education in Video
  • Classical Music in Video
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume I
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume II
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume III
  • Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume IV
  • Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video
  • Current Affairs in Video
  • Dance in Video: Volume I
  • Dance in Video: Volume II
  • Dental Education in Video
  • Medical Imaging in Video
  • Ethnographic Video Online: Volume I
  • Ethnographic Video Online: Volume II
  • Ethnographic Video Online: Volume III
  • Filmakers Library Online: Second Edition
  • Health and Society in Video
  • Human Resource Management Online (video content)
  • Human Rights Studies Online (video content)
  • International Business Online (video content)
  • LGBT Studies in Video
  • The March of Time®
  • Meet the Press
  • New World Cinema: Major Independent Features and Shorts, 1990–Present**
  • Nursing Assessment in Video
  • Nursing Assistant Education in Video
  • Nursing Education in Video: Second Edition
  • Opera in Video
  • Psychological Experiments Online (video content)
  • Rehabilitation Therapy in Video
  • Silent Film Online**
  • Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video
  • Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video: Volume II
  • Theatre in Video
  • Theatre in Video: Volume II
  • Veterinary Education in Video
  • The Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy
  • World History in Video
  • World Newsreels Online, 1929–1966

 ** Available only in North America


Testimonials

It's nice to know that everything we purchase with EBA is relevant. Plus, it's helpful not to maintain records for stuff people aren't viewing.

Madeline Kelly Head of Collection Development, George Mason University