(5 February 2015, Alexandria, VA) Alexander Street Press has partnered with CBS News to release 60 MINUTES, 1997–2014, an exclusive database from one of the most successful programs in American television history. The forthcoming online resource was announced this week at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago with a video introduction from Emmy-winning 60 MINUTES anchor Scott Pelley.
The 60 MINUTES: 1997–2014 collection from Alexander Street grants unprecedented access to the CBS News program from this period, including many episodes not widely seen since their original broadcast. The entire collection is only available from Alexander Street for the library market.
The database provides 350 hours of high-definition video from eighteen years of broadcasts. True to 60 MINUTES’ iconic style, each news segment within the collection serves as a standalone short documentary on a specific news topic.
The program is specifically intended to enable people to quickly learn and understand some of the most important topics history, business and economics, health sciences, law, international affairs, psychology, society and culture, performing arts, women’s studies, African American studies, and politics. The broad range of content offers many applications for students, faculty, and researchers.
The collection delivers the highest caliber reporting from acclaimed journalists including Mike Wallace, Ed Bradley, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper, Lesley Stahl, Scott Pelley, Morley Safer, Lara Logan, Steve Kroft, Bob Simon, and others.
According to Scott Pelley, the collection is “a learning resource like no other available today.” Its more than seventeen-hundred news stories “get to the heart of the most important news and issues of the past eighteen years… 60 MINUTES, 1997–2014 is sure to make teaching, learning, and research a richer experience for all.”
The resource also includes 175 hours of bonus material from the popular CBS News program Sunday Morning. The addition of this programming brings the collection to a total of 525 hours of CBS News content.
“60 MINUTES is arguably the most important series in US television history,” said Stephen Rhind-Tutt, President of Alexander Street. “It has made critical issues in a wide range of disciplines engaging and easy to understand. For the first time, users will be able to search the materials from 1974-2014 and jump instantly to the segment they want. We couldn’t be more excited!”
Alexander Street’s 60 MINUTES, 1997–2014 launches in March and is now available for pre-sale to libraries worldwide via annual subscription or perpetual license. Libraries may also trial the collection free for thirty days. For more information, visit alexanderstreet.com/60minutes.