The pandemic has had a tremendous impact on streaming video usage among academic libraries: Faculty have had to transition to streaming video due to library shutdowns and health concerns, and there is a growing demand among students for films of all types. This trend is presenting significant challenges for budget-strapped libraries who want to make streaming video widely available but generally can’t afford to offer films for use beyond the classroom.
To better understand how academic libraries are changing their streaming video acquisition strategies in light of Covid, as well as identify challenges and trends, Kanopy conducted an informal survey in Fall 2020. More than 800 librarians from various types of academic institutions participated.
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