from Alexander Street Press
Alexander Street Press is broadening the reach of scholarly video in libraries across the United States with a giveaway of 52 subscriptions to Filmakers Library Online.
One library from each state--plus the District of Columbia and Canada--will be selected to receive a year free access. University, research, and public libraries that are new to digital video are encouraged to apply and find out firsthand why vivid streaming video delivers data in a way no other medium can.
The featured collection, Filmakers Library Online, contains more than 1,000 high-quality, issue-based documentaries and independent films from around the world--over 800 hours of content in all. Films in the collection were hand-selected to meet the needs of researchers and teaching faculty in a wide variety of disciplines: from race and gender studies, international relations, and criminal justice to the environment, bioethics, psychology, and the arts. Library Journal named the collection a 2011 Editor's Choice Award winner, and Booklist declared it "highly recommended."
Qualified institutions are encouraged to apply online.
Alexander Street's streaming video collections deliver many benefits for libraries: unlimited simultaneous users, nothing to circulate or shelve, and comprehensive indexing and transcription that allow users to easily locate content of interest, create clips and playlist to show later, and more.
"Streaming video has a role to play in every library," said Alexander Street president Stephen Rhind-Tutt, "and we want to help more libraries discover what makes it such a powerful educational tool."
Applications to win a subscription are being accepted through December 31, 2012, and winners will be announced at the American Library Association's Midwinter 2013 meeting in Seattle this January. Winners will be selected based on their stated interest in using video in their library and Alexander Street will work closely with the winners to provide intensive marketing and training support to help make video a success in each selected library. In turn for being selected, Alexander Street will be asking for winners' feedback --just 15 minutes four times over the year--to help better understand how video is being used by librarians, students, and patrons today..