Alexander Street to Launch Three New Streaming Video Collections in Next Six Months
ALEXANDRIA, VA, June 4, 2010—Electronic publisher Alexander Street today announced that it will launch three new streaming video collections before the end of 2010. The three new releases—World History in Video, Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume II, and Education in Video—join the company’s growing suite of streaming resources for the library and education markets.
Like the six other Alexander Street streaming video products currently available in American history, anthropology, counseling, dance, opera, and theatre, each of the three new collections is designed to meet the teaching and research needs of a specific discipline. Says Alexander Street president Stephen Rhind-Tutt, “Our editors select and license the most important video content in each field from the top video providers. These are the films most often used in university courses—together with innovative, new content and rare or previously unpublished films that can support scholarship. Controlled vocabularies tailored to each discipline and innovative technical features make these collections powerfully searchable and even more useful as teaching and research tools.”
Each Alexander Street video collection will include between 1,000 and 5,000 complete video titles, and video publishing partners include PBS, the BBC, Documentary Educational Resources, Insight Media, The History Channel®, and dozens of other leading video providers. Technical features include synchronized, scrolling transcripts that run alongside each video as well as clip-making tools and playlists that let users pull together selections from multiple videos (and from anywhere on the Web) and then annotate and share them. In late June, the publisher will roll out mobile access to its video content, giving patrons platform-neutral, on-the-go access via most handheld devices. A single interface for cross-searching all Alexander Street video products is planned for 2011.
Says Rhind-Tutt, “We get regular requests from libraries and faculty worldwide for new video collections they’d like to see us create, so there’s a lot of demand for these resources. It’s an exciting time—we’ve removed all of the physical barriers that have traditionally stood in the way of using video in the academy. We let you search, navigate, cite, annotate, and share video as easily as any other content—and you can do it from anywhere.”
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About the forthcoming video collections:
A global survey of human history from 8000 BCE to the late 1980s, World History in Video: English-Language Documentaries will include more than 1,750 important, critically acclaimed documentaries from filmmakers worldwide.
Expanding on and complementing the 2009 release, Counseling and Therapy in Video, Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume II will include 400 hours of training videos, reenactments, and footage of actual therapy sessions conducted by renowned psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. The collection will focus particularly on contemporary topics and therapeutic approaches.
Education in Video will include more than 1,000 videos designed to train and develop teachers. Covering a wide range of issues, including mathematics education, literacy development, motivation, assessment, learning disabilities, and multicultural education, the collection will include teaching demonstrations, documentaries, primary-source footage, study guides, and other classroom tools.
About Alexander Street Press:
Alexander Street Press is an electronic publisher of award-winning online collections in the humanities, social sciences, performing arts, and music. Alexander Street collections are available to library and educational institutions via annual subscription or outright purchase. For more information or for media access to any of the Alexander Street streaming video collections, visit http://www.alexanderstreet.com or contact Meg Keller at mkeller [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com ( mkeller [at] alexanderstreet [dot] com).
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