Thursday, November 7 • 1:00pm - 2:10pm
Do the Right Thing: Sustainability, Values, and Streaming Video

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Streaming video has revolutionized the use of film for teaching across the curriculum. Employing a flipped classroom model, faculty assign viewing as homework, and preserve valuable class time for discussion of content. Faculty and students prefer streaming. Exponential increase in demand for streaming video has precipitated a crisis for academic libraries. Users expect a comprehensive range of video content; faculty expect that most content will be available, and fast and cheap to acquire. Time-limited streaming licenses may appear less costly in the short term, but these licenses frequently conflict with libraries’ missions to build permanent collections. With repeated licensing, over a number of years the library will spend more than an outright purchase would have cost. More and more, libraries find the financial model of patron-driven acquisition for time-limited streaming is unsustainable. College and university libraries are accustomed to paying institutional pricing for video content. Niche film content vendors have long relied on institutional pricing models to support continued creation and distribution of high-quality video. Demand for streaming content has disrupted libraries’ budgets and workflows, and lowered many content producers’ revenue streams. It’s time to talk about the scholarly video ecosystem and how it fits with libraries’ budgets and institutional values . There is no one-size-fits-all model for video acquisitions. A library would not acquire all print materials from a single vendor, and cannot expect that for video. Excellent content resides across a wealth of platforms. Honest conversations between librarians, streaming platform representatives, and film distributors build common understandings and create positive outcomes for both. In this session, two librarians and a film distributor discuss how libraries can work with platforms and distributors to employ acquisition models that are in line with institutional values, that are sustainable for institutional budgets, and that provide a sustainable revenue stream for content creators and distributors. Audience participation is encouraged.

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Trey Shelton

Chair, Acquisitions & Collections Services, University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries
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Sarah McCleskey

Head of Resource & Collection Services, Hofstra University
My units get things to people in ways that are efficient. Whether it's circulation, document delivery, resource sharing, DVDs, streaming licensing ... we deliver content to users using well-honed workflows and secret library magic. We maintain the integrity of our print collection... Read More →

Alex Hoskyns-Abrahall

Vice President and Director of Bullfrog Communities, Bullfrog Films

Thursday November 7, 2019 1:00pm - 2:10pm EST
Grand Ballroom 2, Gaillard Center