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Streaming Video Collection Development and Management
by Michael Fernandez and Amauri Serrano
July 2024, 115pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-8085-8
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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As the exponential growth of available streaming content demands more from library budgets, this book provides guidance on how to make well-informed collection decisions.

A useful how-to manual for library practitioners new to selecting and acquiring streaming media content, this book is also a refresher for established professionals who need to navigate this rapidly expanding area.

Streaming video is not new to the library environment, but recent years have seen an exponential growth in the number of platforms and titles available for streaming. For libraries, this has meant an increasingly complex acquisitions landscape, with more vendors occupying the marketplace and larger portions of the budget dedicated to streaming. Users increasingly expect video content to be available online and on demand, and streaming video is increasingly integrated into coursework.

This straightforward book addresses new considerations for libraries in building and managing streaming video collections. Michael Fernandez and Amauri Serrano outline the myriad challenges of managing streaming video content across all stages of the electronic resources lifecycle, from initial collection decisions to the user’s experience of accessing the content. At every step, they provide practical advice on how to handle these challenges regardless of the size and budget of the institution. Library practitioners at community colleges, research institutions, specialized schools, and public libraries will find this a valuable and engaging how-to manual.


  • Provides a solid overview of the current streaming video landscape
  • Includes information on building new collections and expanding existing collections
  • Offers guidance on how to strike a meaningful balance between user expectations for greater streaming content and the realities of managing materials budgets
  • Teaches how to effectively communicate and negotiate with content publishers and rights holders
  • Includes practical and actionable information on how to structure and execute workflows for ordering streaming content, providing access, and making content discoverable
Michael Fernandez is the electronic resources acquisitions librarian at Yale University Library, where he oversees licensing, acquisition, and assessment of e-resource content in all formats. Previously he held the position of electronic resources librarian at American University in Washington, D.C., and he has also worked at the University of Mary Washington and the National Library of Medicine. He has published and presented on topics in e-resource management and currently serves as assistant editor for Library Resources & Technical Services in addition to being on the editorial board for The Serials Librarian.

Amauri Serrano is the central collection development librarian at Yale University Library, where she is responsible for collection funds management, collection development training, and the coordination of collection development strategies and operations across the library system. Prior to this position, she served as the humanities librarian for history and modern languages and linguistics at Florida State University and as humanities collection librarian at Appalachian State University. Her research interests include e-resource acquisitions and licensing, resource selection and evaluation, budget management, and vendor relations.
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