(26 June 2013 Alexandria, VA) Alexander Street Press has just unveiled its new Academic Video Store, which enables librarians and educators to browse thousands of academic DVDs and streaming videos through one easy-to-use site.
The Academic Video Store originally launched in 2011 as a streaming-only site, and has been fully revamped to improve the ease of searching, incorporate options for DVD purchases, and greatly expand the volume and diversity of titles available.
The new Academic Video Store combines the convenience of streaming video with the vast content archives of Alexander Street Press’s imprints—Filmakers Library, Microtraining Associates, and Asia Pacific Films—along with content partners like California Newsreel, TVF International, and more. A majority of titles can be purchased in either DVD or streaming format, making it easy for users to get the content they want in the format that best suits their needs.
With more than 40 major disciplines represented, the Academic Video Store carries something for virtually every academic program. Popular categories include: African studies, history, environment, Asian studies, health and women’s studies.
And because all titles within the Academic Video Store have been reviewed and hand selected by editorial experts, educators can rely on the films to be high-quality and relevant to their teaching goals.
The functionality of the site is designed with the academic community in mind. Permanent URLs are available for all streaming videos to make it easy to embed films into course management systems or syllabi. The Academic Video Store also lets purchasers share streaming titles with unlimited other users at the same institution, with no additional purchases required.
“We’re always thinking, ‘How do we make this more helpful for our users? What would improve their experience?’” says Jessica Kemp, Marketing Director at Alexander Street Press. “We have incredible amounts of valuable content, but prior to this launch, it was in disparate places and not always easy to navigate. Now you can purchase a stream five minutes before class and show it to your students then and there.”
The Academic Video Store is growing rapidly and will increase by 2,000 titles in the next month alone, with regular updates as content partners release new films. The site is available to all Web users, and will be demoed at the ALA Annual meeting in Chicago later this week. No special setup or software is required to stream videos—all you need is a Web browser. For more information, or to begin browsing, visit https://www.academicvideostore.com/.
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