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Thursday, November 9 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
Don’t Let’s Ask for the Moon, We Have the Stars: Starting a Streaming Video Program on a Limited Budget

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Everyone loves the convenience of online video, but not every library has taken the plunge with streaming video services. For many hesitation stems from budgetary issues, and the program examples in the literature speak to budgets many libraries can only dream of. What if you want to start a program at your library but don’t have the funding opportunities of other institutions? In this session we’ll share the approach our library took in establishing a streaming video program using limited funds and how our decisions impact the work of stakeholders on our campus like faculty support services and the university legal department.

We’ll talk you through the steps of growing your collection of quality documentaries and feature films, even on a limited budget, by starting at the earliest stage of getting buy-in for the idea of access rather than ownership. Then we’ll discuss the practical details of crafting workflows for smooth access and how--or even if--you should publicize your streaming media. Finally, we’ll address the all-important questions of budget: how to stretch your dollars, how to monitor your spending, and whether you should mediate requests or turn your collection into a demand-driven, free-for-all.

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Cara Barker

Associate Professor, Research & Instruction Librarian, Western Carolina University
Cara is the liaison for the Fine & Performing Arts, Psychology, Communication, and World Languages departments and serves as the citation management coordinator at Western Carolina University. She has a B.S. in Film & Television from Boston University and an MLIS from the University... Read More →

Whitney Jordan

Acquisitions Librarian, Western Carolina University
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Jessica Zellers

Collection Development Librarian, Western Carolina University

Thursday November 9, 2017 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Citadel Green Room South, Embassy Suites Hotel 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403