New ALCTS Monograph Offers Guidance on Streaming Video Acquisitions

Book cover with image of serverStreaming 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. “Guide to Streaming Video Acquisitions,” published by ALA Editions, is a new concise collection from ALCTS. Edited by Eric Hartnett, it 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.

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.

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