Electronic publisher Alexander Street Press has announced plans to launch an integrated online repository of academic video titles. Already the publisher of 10 distinct, discipline-specific streaming video collections containing more than 8,000 films, Alexander Street intends to rapidly expand its offerings-to more than 10,000 titles in 2011 and to 20,000 by 2013.
The new platform, Academic Video Online Complete, will also make it possible for subscribers to cross-search all of their Alexander Street videos from a single interface. New collections will include Art and Architecture, Religion and Philosophy, Law and Criminal Justice, Politics and Current Affairs, World Language and Literature, Psychology, Health, General Science, Business and Economics, and Diversity Studies. Later this year the publisher will offer individual streaming title options as well.
As part of its expansion, Alexander Street has also announced the launch of three new video collections, each available to libraries and educational institutions via annual subscription or one-time purchase: Filmakers Library Online; Education in Video; and Counseling and Therapy in Video, Volume II.
The result of Alexander Street's acquisition in January of the academic video distributor Filmakers Library, Filmakers Library Online is a continually growing online collection of issue-based documentaries and independent films.
Multidisciplinary in scope, the collection includes a wide range of subjects-race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions worldwide. The collection currently includes more than 900 films, and additional titles will be added regularly.
An online collection of videos for the training and professional development of K-12 educators, Education in Video will grow to contain more than 1,000 video titles totaling 750 hours of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms. It will give education faculty, students, and in-service teachers a single source for research-based professional development video resources.
The third collection launched, Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume II, is a supplement to one of Alexander Street's best-selling resources. Together, the two volumes of Counseling and Therapy in Video provide the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. The collection's wealth of video and multiplicity of perspectives allow students and scholars to see, experience, and study counseling in ways never before possible. The second volume of Counseling and Therapy in Video includes more than 140 videos, growing soon to more than 300; the first volume includes more than 350 titles. Soon, the two volumes will be fully cross-searchable for institutions that subscribe to both.
Currently the publisher is offering a one-month Sneak Peek access to all three new video collections. Libraries and educators who register at http://alexanderstreet.com/newvideo2011.htm will receive a username and password good through April 30, 2011.
Source: Alexander Street Press, http://alexanderstreet.com