Implementing and Managing Streaming Media Services in Academic Libraries: White Paper

Implementing and Managing Streaming Media Services in Academic Libraries: White Paper

Like the use of digital resources in general, streaming media has experienced rapid adoption rates in academic settings, which accelerated even more during the COVID-19 pandemic. But also like any other digital resource, streaming media brings with it a variety of challenges to workflows, pricing, and access. This report, written by Gisèle Tanasse, University of California, Berkeley, documents the opportunities streaming services provide through a review of existing literature, survey data analysis, and limited practitioner interviews. It examines the factors that librarians must consider, including acquisition models, budgeting, content use scenarios, user perspectives, and ongoing management, providing a quantifiable overview of the current streaming landscape in academic libraries. A Choice White Paper. Published with Underwriting from Infobase.

About the Author

Gisèle Tanasse is the Film & Media Services Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley (xučyun, the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people) and is the Immediate Past Chair of the American Library Association’s Film & Media Round Table. Gisèle administers the popular VideoLib and VideoNews Listservs, which foster communication between media librarians and independent filmmakers and educational media distributors. Gisèle currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Academic Libraries Video Trust and chaired the taskforce for the 2018 Revisions to the ACRL Guidelines for Media Resources in Academic Libraries.

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