[Videolib] streaming video= serials pricing model

Andrews, Sarah E (sarah-andrews@uiowa.edu)
Tue, 24 Mar 2009 17:07:47 -0500

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It is rather obvious to me that streaming video is moving to an environment=
where it can be treated not like monographs (buy it, use it, lend it, ILL =
it), to a serials model (pay for a access to a select group of users, vendo=
rs expect to charge annual fees, and libraries have to pay more and more ea=
ch year). Unfortunately, this model is great for vendors--and a useful way=
to fund infrastructure improvements necessary to deliver digital--but it h=
as not yet proved to be financially viable for libraries long-term.

I fear that in the future, academic libraries will spend large portions of =
their budget on digital "big deals" at the expense of smaller, independentl=
y produced films that don't have all the bells & whistles.

Sarah

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it can be treated not like monographs (buy it, use it, lend it, ILL it), to=
a serials model (pay for a access to a
select group of users, vendors expect to charge annual fees, and libraries=
have to pay more and more each year).&nbsp; Unfortunately, this model is g=
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