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Streaming video at academic libraries is here to stay. In fact, a recent study shows about two-thirds of students use video as part of their academic study and three-quarters use it to supplement their reading. But as many libraries already know, video licensing can break your budget. Serving the needs of both students and faculty requires a balanced, strategic approach. This concise collection from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) offers guidance on such topics as

  • selection criteria for video;
  • seven common business models;
  • practical workflows, from selection and licensing to setting up access;
  • video-specific licensing considerations, including hosting and access restrictions;
  • the TEACH Act and classroom use;
  • using vendor analytic tools to improve discovery; and
  • conducting a cost per use assessment.

With the help of this book’s expert advice, academic and research libraries will be well equipped for meeting their institution’s video streaming needs.

Chapter 1    The Library’s Role in Providing Streaming Video, by Peter Shirts
Chapter 2    Workflows, by David Hellman
Chapter 3    Collection Development Policy for Streaming Media: Planning for the Future of the Collection, by Wil Weston
Chapter 4    Business Models for Streaming Video, by John Ballestro
Chapter 5    Licensing Streaming Video, by Erin DeWitt Miller, Sue Parks, and Andrew Trantham
Chapter 6    Streaming Video Discovery in Academic Libraries, by Scott Breivold
Chapter 7    Usage Analysis and Assessment of Streaming Video, by Mary Gilbertson and Tim Zou
Chapter 8    Classroom Use, by Mary Wahl
Chapter 9    Streaming Video Accessibility, by Steven Milewski
Chapter 10    The Future, by Colin Higgins

About the Contributors

Eric Hartnett

Eric Hartnett is the Director of Electronic Resources at Texas A&M University. His research runs the gamut of the electronic resource life cycle and covers such topics as trials, licensing, collection assessment and analysis, and resource management and maintenance.


The former Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Information Technology Association (LITA), and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) are now Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a new division of ALA. Its mission is to cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions through community building, advocacy, and learning.

"The book covers everything from the library’s role in providing streaming to selection criteria, business models, workflows, licensing, classroom use, cost-assessment, accessibility for the visually or hearing impaired, and the future of streaming ... if your library is considering entering the world of streaming video, the book provides plenty of fodder to consider."

"[A] timely, as well as an informative read for librarians or library staff interested in the fundamentals behind streaming video content ... There is a wealth of information condensed into this short volume."
— Technicalities

"A useful introduction to a complex collection management topic."
— Online Searcher