Streaming Media - A Technological Development Serving Academic Library Users: New Models to Give Access to Library Media Collections

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Academic libraries have started a major shift in transitioning their audio-visual materials to streaming media. These are necessary adjustments that result in dedicating the minimum amount of space to keep and maintain media collections, increase access speed to these collections, put an end to wear and tear of physical collections, and would save a considerable amount of academic library budget. This article discusses streaming media technology and introduces different models of purchasing and providing streaming media to end users. Streaming media is an excellent substitute for the physical media collections, such as compact discs and audio/video tapes. It is a target that libraries, especially academic libraries, should achieve.


Academic libraries; Streaming technology (Telecommunications); Streaming video


Collection Development and Management | Library and Information Science


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