Changing methods of instructional delivery and online instruction are altering how video is used and delivered in the academy. Increasingly faculty and students expect videos to be available in streaming format. While only 1/3 of all academic libraries currently provide streaming video services (Primary Research Group, 2010) faculty anticipate using more video and cannot find quality/appropriate material for their instruction. In seeking the content they need, faculty often bypass the library, using what they can find, where they can find it, (Kaufman and Mohan, 2009) with YouTube often the destination of choice.
There is considerable disagreement within academic and library spheres as to how videos can be made available through streaming. Some argue that digitizing and streaming requires permission/licensing, and payment for streaming rights; others argue that digitizing and streaming fall within Fair Use. Regardless of the opposing viewpoints, the process of providing streaming video is labor intensive, and time consuming. But providing access to streaming video needn’t always require prolonged licensing negotiations, expenditure of precious materials budgets, or large investment in personnel time and effort.
Many websites besides YouTube deliver quality content appropriate for use in instruction. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of videos are readily available on open access websites.
Libraries can provide access to videos available on these sites with a minimum of effort. Proactively providing links to these sites, descriptions of their content, and promoting them to faculty, students and other library users can help address the growing demand for streaming video with a minimal investment in time and effort, and no investment in collection/acquisition funds.
In this session the presenter, an acknowledged leader in academic streaming video, will displays and describes (including scope, organization and limitations) a wide variety of websites that provide legal access to streaming video. Time permitting, low-cost pay-per-view sites will also be covered.