For immediate release | June 30, 2021

Choice publishes white paper exploring the opportunities streaming services provide to academic libraries

MIDDLETOWN, CT - Choice today announced the publication of the eighth in a series of white papers designed to provide actionable intelligence around topics of importance to the academic library community. The paper, “Implementing and Managing Streaming Media Services in Academic Libraries,” examines the factors that librarians must consider when considering the addition of streaming services to their institution, providing a quantifiable overview of the current streaming landscape in academic libraries.

Researched and written by Gisele Tanasse, Film & Media Services Librarian at University of California, Berkeley, the paper surveys the opportunities streaming services provide by reviewing existing literature, analyzing survey data, and summarizing the results of practitioner interviews. The goal of the study was to provide a thorough examination into factors relating to streaming services such as acquisition models, budgeting, content use scenarios, user perspectives, and ongoing management.

Commenting on the publication of the latest white paper, Choice Editorial Director Bill Mickey noted, “The timing of this report couldn’t be better. Use of digital resources has exploded over the past year, and streaming media is no exception. The survey results provide an excellent baseline for streaming implementation and the report helps point the way for academic librarians who find themselves on the cusp of managing more of these kinds of resources."

Funding for this research was provided by a generous contribution from Infobase. “Implementing and Managing Streaming Media Services in Academic Libraries,” has been published under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license and is available at


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As a publishing unit of the Association of College and Research Librarians, Choice supports the work and professional development of academic librarians by providing tools and services that help them become more effective advocates for their patrons. Through its over fifty-year history, it has established itself as an authoritative source for the evaluation of scholarly resources and as the publisher of trusted research in areas of interest to a changing academic library community. Today, Choice works to bring librarians, scholars, publishers, and the reading public together, facilitating a shared concern for the discovery, management, and preservation of scholarly information. Please visit Choice at for more information.


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