By Kurt Sanford
It’s exciting to welcome Alexander Street to the ProQuest family of companies. This pioneering company has the largest aggregation of streaming video and music collections – with more than 63K video titles, 7.7M tracks of music, and 1M pages of musical scores, plus 120 award-winning primary source collections. Spanning fields from history, drama, and literature to business, news, and medicine, Alexander Street’s content is unavailable elsewhere, much of it is previously unpublished.
Imagine the ways in which we can enrich the research experience when we connect it with ProQuest’s innovative content and technologies — as well as our leading library management and discovery solutions. Users will discover relevant content in multiple formats – video, aggregated content, ebooks – in one instant, comprehensive search that seamlessly connects text and video, improving contextual and serendipitous discovery. Librarians will be able to acquire comprehensive collections that span multiple formats and are available via multiple purchase models – PDA, subscription, and perpetual access.
Maintaining its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, Alexander Street will be known as “Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company.” It will continue to be led by Stephen Rhind-Tutt and his management team, including Eileen Lawrence, David Parker and Andrea Eastman-Mullins. Stephen will join ProQuest, reporting to Rafael Sidi, SVP and General Manager, ProQuest Information Solutions.
Like you, we value Alexander Street’s mission to “make silent voices heard” through its unique collections. They, along with the ProQuest resources you know and trust, will be enriched with our combined capabilities. For example, ProQuest’s expertise in the development of intuitive interfaces and powerful analytics will enable Alexander Street to deliver more value to your library.
And, as video plays an ever-more critical role in education, we’re excited about the possibilities to amplify its usefulness to librarians, faculty, learners and researchers by connecting it seamlessly with text-based resources. Among our plans:
- Bring text and audiovisual collections together to improve the workflows of researchers. Connecting ProQuest and Alexander Street content will provide a more comprehensive research and learning experience in areas such as arts & design, music & performing arts, history, health, psychology, anthropology, media, and screen studies.
- Invest in audiovisual research experiences. ProQuest will invest in Alexander Street’s video services and offer them on the ProQuest platform. We will enhance the innovative purchase models Alexander Street has introduced to libraries, including patron-driven acquisition with flexible pricing to accommodate individual libraries and subscribe-to-own.
- Align historical collections. We will apply the rich expertise of both companies in the development of new historical collections that encompass unique primary sources, empowering students, faculty, and other researchers to achieve better research and learning outcomes.
- Enhance Open Community Collaborations. Alexander Street’s recently launched “Open Music Library,” an open network of digital resources for the study of music, will be enriched. We’re excited to develop this unique combination of community collaboration and content.
Committed to our customers
ProQuest’s goal is to deliver greater value to our customers, using the assets of both companies to improve our service and products. We aim to create new, better, and more flexible options to acquire the content that fits the unique needs of your students, faculty, and researchers. This is our commitment to you.
ProQuest and Alexander Street share a deep commitment to our customers and providing the highest quality customer experience. The deep engagement with our customers and users will continue, providing guidance as we enhance current solutions and create new ones.
I hope you share the excitement we have about this new future. As always, we’re eager for your feedback and ideas. Visit us at Booth #1903 at the American Library Association Annual Conference beginning later this week, or contact us anytime.