Alexander Street Announces Giveaway of 52 One-Year Subscriptions to Online Collection American History in Video—One to a Library in Each State | Alexander Street

Alexander Street Announces Giveaway of 52 One-Year Subscriptions to Online Collection American History in Video—One to a Library in Each State

July 12, 2009

CHICAGO, IL, July 12, 2009—At the American Library Association Meeting held in Chicago, today, electronic publisher Alexander Street announced the award of 52 one-year subscriptions to American History in Video, an online collection of newsreels and documentaries designed to meet the needs of American history instructors and researchers. Free subscriptions are being given to university, K-12, and public libraries in each of the 50 states (plus Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands) in exchange for those libraries’ participation in Alexander Street’s 50-State-Plus Advisory Group.

Says Alexander Street president Stephen Rhind-Tutt, “The 50-State Giveaway is part of our response to the economic downturn—a way to support U.S. libraries during a particularly difficult period. It’s also a way for us to learn more about our customers and their patrons—to make sure we’re doing everything we can to support libraries long-term.”

Libraries selected to be part of the advisory group, Rhind-Tutt noted, will be given a lot of marketing support during the free year. And they’ll be asked to provide feedback. “We’re looking for solid, actionable knowledge about what works when libraries and publishers work together to drive usage.” Rhind-Tutt added that Alexander Street will publish the results of their effort in 2010 so that all libraries can benefit.

Advisory Group award members each receive a free, one-year subscription to American History in Video, a growing online collection containing thousands of titles. Videos in the collection include documentaries from leading providers including The History Channel®, PBS, California Newsreel, and Bullfrog Films; newsreels from United Newsreel and Universal News; and other public affairs and historical film footage, including, for example, the Longines Chronoscope series of kinescopes. The collection features a wide range of unique technical features that make the collection particularly useful for research and teaching, including synchronized, scrolling transcripts that run alongside each video; the ability to create clips and save them in playlists that can be annotated and shared institution-wide or with all users. Playlists can include content not only from American History in Video but from anywhere on the Web, making it easy for instructors to align playlists with their syllabi and course management systems.

The list of libraries receiving awards under the Alexander Street 50-State-Plus Advisory Group is attached.

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About Alexander Street Press
Alexander Street Press is an electronic publisher of award-winning online collections in the humanities and social sciences. Since its beginnings in 2000, Alexander Street has developed a reputation for uniquely powerful search capabilities powered by Alexander Street’s Semantic Indexing™ and for offering content not available anywhere else. Alexander Street collections are available to library and educational institutions via annual subscription or outright purchase of perpetual rights.

The list of 52 libraries to which awards have been made is attached. To be considered, libraries submitted entries on the publisher’s Web site.

Learn more about American History in Video at or by browsing the collection for free at Note that you will not be prompted for login credentials until you try to access search or browse results.

Reviewers, media contacts, libraries, and university faculty may request reviewer access to the collection by emailing Meg Keller at mkeller [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com or phoning 703-212-8520 x116 for a username and password.

Contact Details
Meg Keller, Director of Marketing
Alexander Street Press
3212 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-212-8520 x 116
202-641-7819 (mobile)
mkeller [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com

The following libraries have been awarded one-year, no-cost subscriptions to American History in Video. Named libraries agree to participate on the Alexander Street 50-State-Plus Advisory Group. For more information, visit


Awarded Library


University of North Alabama Collier Library


University of Alaska Anchorage


Paradise Valley Community College Library


Saline County Library


Occidental College


Pueblo City-County Library District


Norwalk Community College Library


Wilmington University Library


Manatee County Public Library


Waycross College Library


Brigham Young University-Hawaii


Ada Community Library


Oak Park Public Library


Earlham College


Indian Hills Community College


Shawnee Mission School District - Indian Creek Technology Ctr


Northern Kentucky University Steely Library


University of New Orleans - Earl K. Long Library


Northern Maine Community College


Goucher College Library


Lawrence Academy


Albion College Library


Gustavus Adolphus College


Central Mississippi Regional Library System


Kansas City Public Library


University of Great Falls


Hastings College Perkins Library


University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries

New Hampshire

Plymouth State University - Lamson Library

New Jersey

William Paterson University, Cheng Library

New Mexico

Dona Ana Community College Library

New York

Brooklyn College

North Carolina

Cumberland County Public Library

North Dakota

Mayville State University, Byrnes-Quanbeck Library


Otterbein College


Langston University Libraries


Blue Mountain Community College Library


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Rhode Island

Brown University Library

South Carolina

SC Gov School for the Arts and Humanities

South Dakota

South Dakota State University, Hilton M. Briggs Library


University of Tennessee, Chattanooga


LeTourneau University, Margaret Estes Library


Utah Valley University Library


Middlebury College Library


Christopher Newport University


Pacific Lutheran University

West Virginia

American Military University


Stoughton High School Library


Laramie County Community Collge, Ludden Library

District of Columbia

McKinley Technology High School

The US Virgin Islands

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