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Alexander Street Press Introduces Academic Video Store

Alexander Street Press announced the launch of the Academic Video Store, with more than 1,400 individual video titles covering a broad range of subjects. Many of the titles have won prestigious awards—Emmys, Oscars, CINE Golden Eagle Awards—and are already frequently used in classrooms across the country. Now, for the first time, they are available in streaming format. The store is expected to grow to more than 7,500 titles by the end of 2012.

The store features titles from numerous publishers, including Aquarius, Chip Taylor Productions, and Line of Duty. It is the exclusive source for more than 300 titles from therapy and counseling publisher Microtraining. It also contains more than 1,000 exclusive titles from Filmakers Library such as Stieg Larsson’s Millennium, an inside look at the life and works of Stieg Larsson through his partner, Eva Gabrielsson; and the Cinema for Peace and Justice award winner, Blood in the Mobile, a riveting documentary revealing the link between Congolese mining and mobile phones. The company is adding new titles at a rate in excess of 250 per month.

Credit card purchasing and instant access mean that academics and librarians alike can purchase titles in a matter of minutes before showing them in classroom settings. Every sale comes with institutional viewing rights, so an academic who buys a single title does so for the whole of his/her institution. A full suite of online tools makes it possible to link and embed videos in courseware such as Moodle and Blackboard.

Libraries and media centers will find that titles purchased in the store are cross searchable with other Alexander Street video collections and titles under a single URL. Alexander Street also provides MARC records and a method for integrating titles into discovery services.

Source: Alexander Street Press



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