Implementing and Managing Streaming Media Services in Academic Libraries

Choice White Paper no. 8

Sponsored by Infobase

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 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.

Authored by Gisèle Tanasse.