Alexander Street Press launches evidence-based acquisition

Alexander Street Press has forged a milestone agreement with the University of Dundee in Scotland that establishes the publisher as a key resource for evidence-based acquisition of library materials.

Beginning this month, patrons of the University of Dundee’s library will have unlimited access to Alexander Street Press’s complete suite of academic video titles—more than 23,000 titles—for one full year. At the conclusion of this period, university staff will use Alexander Street’s detailed metrics evaluate the most-viewed titles and select those they’d like to incorporate into their permanent collection.

Letting libraries hand-curate their own collection adds unprecedented value,” said Jordan White, senior product manager at Alexander Street Press. “This model ensures libraries of all budgets can provide their patrons with access to precisely the materials they’re looking for. Everybody wins.”

This agreement, the first of its kind in the world, will pave the way for libraries worldwide to add the most highly sought-after content into their university’s collection in a precise, cost-effective way. And because all video content within Alexander Street Press’s databases is carefully selected by expert editors, library administrators can rely on the quality and relevance of all materials to the academic populations they serve.

“The University of Dundee has a strong desire to enhance the licensed video-based material that is available to support learning and teaching through a wide range of disciplines,” says university librarian, Richard Parsons. “This is important for meeting staff and student expectations in our new digitally based environment. The new evidence-based acquisition provided by Alexander Street Press has offered us the opportunity to ensure that our expenditure for these resources is targeted directly to support material that is being utilized to enhance learning. This represents a very cost-effective method for ensuring that the maximum resource is available from the library budget.”

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