You Ought to be in Pictures: Bringing Streaming Video to Your Library

This hour-long session covers:

  • best practices for selection and use of streaming media;
  • licensing; purchasing and cataloging streaming media;
  • storing and serving content in a locally developed open source system;
  • working with faculty for course use of streaming media; and
  • statistical analysis of the collection.

Presenters' comments are based on their experience in building and maintaining a collection of streaming video, including selection, licensing, digitization, and access at James Madison University.

Originally presented on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will:

  • understand the benefits and issues of a streaming video collection
  • learn to identify best practices for developing and maintaining a streaming video collection

Who Should Attend

All those who would like to learn more about streaming media in all types and sizes of libraries will benefit from this session.


Erika Peterson is the Director of Media Resources and Cheri Duncan is the Director, Acquisitions & Cataloging, at James Madison University.

Erika's first library job was as a student circulation desk assistant at Zimmerman Library at the University of New Mexico. She received her MLS from Louisiana State University in 1999. She worked previously at University of Louisville at Lafayette and the University of Virginia.

Cheri oversees the units of Monographic Services, E-Resources & Serials Management, and Cataloging & Metadata. She holds degrees in Communications and English Education from James Madison University and an MLIS from Texas Women's University.




How to Register

Recording (YouTube)

Recording (.wmv)

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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