Merle J. Slyhoff V: 215-898-9013
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[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of
Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 3:19 PM
Subject: Re: [Videolib] Vanderbilt Television News Archive online
We've gotten the Vanderbilt Index for some years and it's something of a
mixed blessing. Cool for identifying broadcasts, but the problem is
patrons then want to view the stuff. Vanderbilt will make scratch
copies of individual works or compilations of clips, but the cost is
usually much too steep for most undergrads. The turnaround time to make
the preview copies is very slow. Once viewed, the tapes must be
to the Archive.
> This was news to me, so thought I'd share the press release info we
> Barb Bergman | Media Services Librarian | Minnesota State University,
> Mankato | (507) 389-5945 | email@example.com
> September 20, 2007
> In the pursuit of providing higher academic institutions with the best
> resources available for research and study, Vanderbilt University is
> to offer these institutions the opportunity to subscribe to the
> Television News Archive. This subscription provides a unique and
> resource for a variety of research areas.
> Access to these materials within the Vanderbilt Television News
> will serve as the perfect resource for those individuals interested in
> reviewing, studying, or researching broadcasted news events,
> areas such as communications, journalism, political science, and
> Since August 5, 1968, the Vanderbilt Television News Archive has
> and archived each evening newscast broadcasted by the three major
> networks, as well as a variety of other news-related programs. The
> Vanderbilt Television News Archive has amassed the most complete and
> extensive collection of television news video in the world.
> In recent years, the Archive has converted almost all of its
> digital video and has been recording broadcasts digitally since 2004.
> Through this digital initiative and an agreement we have in place with
> CNN, we now have the capability to stream content from that network to
> subscribing educational institutions for use by their students,
> and staff.
> The Vanderbilt Television News Archive has over 850,000 video news
> segments, complete with searchable abstracts. The archive includes
> news broadcasts from ABC (August 5, 1968 - present), CBS (August 5,
> present), and NBC (August 5, 1968 - present), as well as FoxNews
> (January 15, 2004 - present) and CNN. The archive also contains ABC's
> Nightline and Special Report coverage including:
> * Each Republican and Democratic political convention since 1968
> corresponding election coverage.
> * Each televised State of the Union Address since 1968.
> * The Watergate hearings of the Senate and House of
> including the transcripts, which we recently digitized.
> * Most major speeches given by U.S. Presidents since 1968.
> * Presidential news conferences.
> * Coverage of the American hostage crisis in Iran.
> * Coverage of the first Persian Gulf War.
> * Coverage of the terrorist's attacks on the United States on
> 11, 2001.
> * Coverage of the War in Afghanistan.
> * Coverage of the War in Iraq.
> Colleges and universities that subscribe gain access to over 95,000
> segments, 3,000 evening news shows, 2,500 special reports, and 4,600
> of video, which may be streamed to any computer on campus.
> Other benefits to this subscription include the ability to search the
> entire Vanderbilt Television News Archive database, while allowing
> students, faculty, and staff the ability to search the database
> having to register.
> The Vanderbilt Television News Archive also provides a loan service to
> individuals interested in viewing the archived materials from ABC,
> NBC, and FoxNews. Items ordered through the Vanderbilt Television News
> Archive Web site are available in DVD or VHS format and are eligible
> an educational discount.
> For those interested academic institutions, we are offering a
> free trial period. Full-use of the Vanderbilt Television News
> Archive<http://tvnews.vanderbilt.edu/>, including the streaming CNN
> content, will be available to your entire institution during this
> For more information and specific prices or to register for a trial
> subscription, please visit
> Since we are a library ourselves in addition to being a supplier of an
> electronic subscription product, we understand the difficult decisions
> that must be made in selecting resources that will offer the largest
> benefits to library users. We believe that the combination of the
> streaming CNN content, coupled with the convenient access to our
> news database, forms a compelling product that will be a great
> the electronic resources your library offers to its researchers.
> Depending on your enrollment, the annual cost of the subscription
> from $600 to $2,200.
> As the only independent and objective Archive of U.S. national news
> broadcasts, we feel that it's vital to sustain this Archive. The
> we receive from subscriptions helps us continue the important work of
> Vanderbilt Television News Archive.
> If there are any questions we may answer about our service, please do
> hesitate to contact us.
> Marshall Breeding
> Director for Innovative
> Technologies and Research
> Vanderbilt University
> (615) 343-6094
> Ron Zolkower
> Coordinator for Billing
> and Marketing
> Vanderbilt University
> (615) 322-2927
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