Choice Releases “Implementing and Managing Streaming Media Services in Academic Libraries” White Paper

Choice has released the eighth in a series of white papers designed to provide actionable intelligence around topics of importance to the academic library community. The paper, “Implementing and Managing Streaming Media Services in Academic Libraries,” examines the factors that librarians must consider when considering the addition of streaming services to their institution, providing a quantifiable overview of the current streaming landscape in academic libraries.

Researched and written by Gisele Tanasse, Film and Media Services Librarian at University of California-Berkeley, the paper surveys the opportunities streaming services provide by reviewing existing literature, analyzing survey data, and summarizing the results of practitioner interviews. The goal of the study was to provide a thorough examination into factors relating to streaming services such as acquisition models, budgeting, content use scenarios, user perspectives, and ongoing management.

Commenting on the publication of the latest white paper, Choice Editorial Director Bill Mickey noted, “The timing of this report couldn’t be better. Use of digital resources has exploded over the past year, and streaming media is no exception. The survey results provide an excellent baseline for streaming implementation and the report helps point the way for academic librarians who find themselves on the cusp of managing more of these kinds of resources.”

Funding for this research was provided by a generous contribution from Infobase. “Implementing and Managing Streaming Media Services in Academic Libraries,” has been published under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and is available on the Choice 360 website.