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