Acquiring and Managing Streaming Film Services

Tuesday, 7/12/2016 - Wednesday, 7/13/2016

Services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and others are raising user expectations that films from the library also be available via streaming rather than only on DVD. However, institutional streaming options are complex for a library to manage. Desired titles may not be available for libraries to stream. Pricing models are complex and may prove prohibitive for limited library budgets. Technical issues arise in acquisitions, discovery facilitation, and support of content streamed from various vendors on multiple platforms. Legal issues related to permissible uses arise, and licenses must be tracked. Libraries are also involved in providing local digitization and streaming of film content, which comes with its own set of management challenges. This e-Forum will discuss streaming film issues and invite participants to share experiences and practical solutions to the various challenges of providing and managing streaming film services in libraries. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify key issues relevant to streaming film services.
  • Share experiences with streaming film acquisitions and management, and learn from the experiences of others.
  • Share experiences with local digitization and streaming services, and learn from the experiences of others.

Who Should Attend

Any librarian who has already has—or may in the future have—a responsibility for acquiring or managing streaming film content.


Theresa Arndt is the Associate Director for Library Resources & Administration at the Waidner-Spahr Library, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA. She has worked at multiple libraries over her 20 year career, managing various library services including collections and acquisitions, e-resources reference, information literacy, and outreach.

Ronalee Ciocco is the Director of User Services at the Musselman Library, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. She previously served as Reference & Web Services Librarian at Musselman Library. Her prior career was as a technical trainer with IBM. 




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