[Videolib] streaming media and academic libraries: the future?

Maureen Tripp (Maureen_Tripp@emerson.edu)
Wed, 7 Dec 2005 13:06:43 -0500

Some of you may recall that I wanted to begin circulating our video resources to students--currently they circulate to faculty only, and students must use them inhouse. Well, that proposal has been soundly rejected by the faculty. When I said I wanted to continue to press for this, my boss told me that streaming media will soon render the issue moot. "In five years," she told me, "streaming video will change the entire way academic media resources will operate."

Okay, I'd like to tap the collective wisdom of the list re this statement:
1. Five years?
2. Will video resource collections cease to exist?
3. And on a practical level, is anyone out there using streaming video as part of a Media Resources collection--if so, how useful/effective is it?
As always, thanks for your input!

Maureen Tripp
Media Librarian
Media Services Center
180 Tremont St. 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02116

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