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ProQuest, CNN partner to bring today’s most talked-about videos into libraries

ANN ARBOR, MI, March 7, 2019 – More than 450 documentaries, interviews and special films originally released by CNN are now available to academic libraries through the Academic Video Online streaming video collection, marking the first time CNN content is available in a video database for the library market.

Many more CNN titles will be added in the coming years under this licensing agreement with CNN International Commercial (CNNIC). Like most content in Academic Video Online, the CNN films can be viewed and used worldwide.

With a focus on women in leadership, business, globalization and technology, highlights of the CNN Films include “We Will Rise” with Michelle Obama and “The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House.” The collection also features an interview series with women leaders like Oprah Winfrey, Sheryl Sandberg, Beyoncé and others.

In addition to the new CNN content, a subscription to Academic Video Online includes instant access to more than 66,000 high-quality streaming videos. All CNN titles will be available to acquire perpetually through the Build by Choice program, allowing libraries to grow their permanent streaming video collections at no additional cost. A branded CNN collection will be available in March 2019 through perpetual access.

“The addition of CNN titles to Academic Video Online is a fantastic development because these documentaries are often impossible to procure aside from individual streaming licenses,” said Nicholas Okrent, Librarian at the University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library. “A very valuable component of our Academic Video Online subscription is the benefit that entitles us to own a fixed number of titles at the end of each year and extending this to the new CNN content is appreciated."

“CNN is known all over the world for producing content that is impactful, current, thought-provoking and wildly popular,” said David Parker, Senior Director of Product Management at ProQuest. “Bringing this powerful content into classrooms for the first time will provide learning experiences that inspire future generations. We’re thrilled to partner with CNN to grow Academic Video Online and give libraries access to content that supports teaching and learning.”

In the future, additional virtual reality and 360-degree video features from CNN original content creation will be added, extending ProQuest’s commitment to deliver modern viewing experiences for its customers.

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07 March 2019


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