Alexander Street Announces Giveaway of 52 One-Year Subscriptions to Online Collection American History in Video—One to a Library in Each State
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.
# # #
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 http://www.alexanderstreet.com/products/ahiv.htm or by browsing the collection for free at http://ahiv.alexanderstreet.com. 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.
Meg Keller, Director of Marketing
Alexander Street Press
3212 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-212-8520 x 116
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 http://www.alexanderstreet.com.
University of North Alabama Collier Library
University of Alaska Anchorage
Paradise Valley Community College Library
Saline County Library
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
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
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
Plymouth State University - Lamson Library
William Paterson University, Cheng Library
Dona Ana Community College Library
Cumberland County Public Library
Mayville State University, Byrnes-Quanbeck Library
Langston University Libraries
Blue Mountain Community College Library
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Brown University Library
SC Gov School for the Arts and Humanities
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
American Military University
Stoughton High School Library
Laramie County Community Collge, Ludden Library
District of Columbia
McKinley Technology High School
The US Virgin Islands
Division of Libraries, Archives and Museum