Posted by Stephen Rhind-Tutt
I want to take a moment to share my feelings about Alexander Street joining the ProQuest family with the many customers, business partners, and employees we’ve worked with over the years.
Alexander Street’s mission is to make “make silent voices heard.” We wanted to build a company that ferrets out rare, hard-to-find, previously unavailable materials and make them useful and engaging to scholars and students. And this is what we’ve done. We are the first company to sell streaming music and video into libraries, we are the first to publish primary sources in counseling and engineering and to do film scripts and comics for libraries. From the Black Panther Party Newspaper to 60 Minutes we find great material and bring it to libraries.
Each of these initiatives has expanded Alexander Street. As I write we’re approaching 4,000 customers in over 60 countries. We have close to 150 products. We’re seeing more and more interest in what we do. We’re no longer a small company. It is time for us to start a new chapter.
Some months ago Andy Snyder – Chairman of ProQuest – convinced me that we could do far more together than apart. He talked of how ProQuest could accelerate and expand the vision for Alexander Street; how we could grow the audience for its materials; how areas like music, literature, film and video would be hugely enhanced by being together. I saw the value of joining forces.
So today Alexander Street becomes part of the ProQuest family. It will allow us to further thrive in areas like nursing, business, and engineering where our current presence is small. It will allow us to create next generation resources in music, literature and other areas of the humanities that will delight faculty and students as never before. It will allow us to focus on innovation rather than infrastructure. It will enable us to build on rather than dilute our mission.
I’m really excited by the new initiatives we have for the rest of this year and well beyond, even more so since they will have the connected power of Alexander Street and ProQuest behind them. If you’re attending ALA please stop by our booth – we’d love to tell you more about it!