Developing a Media Collection that Addresses Trends while Targeting the Needs of Users: An Analysis of Online Streaming Videos (OSV) at CSU San Marcos


Online Streaming Videos
Electronic Resources
Academic Libraries
Received 2018-10-29
Accepted 2019-02-15
Published 2019-07-30
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In the past two decades, library collections have gone through drastic changes, moving from print based to primarily electronic based. The transition started with electronic indexes and abstracts, then e-journals, e-books, and finally online streaming videos (OSV).  New technology brings new challenges as well as opportunities.  Librarians must keep abreast of: 

  • ongoing developments in new acquisitions models (subscription vs. purchase, local campus acquisitions vs. consortia deals, librarian-selection vs. user-selection etc.),
  • new pricing models (single year pricing, multi-year pricing, pricing based on FTEs or on usage, etc.) and
  • new assessment methods and standards (vendor usage statistics, web logins and standardized usage guided by library professional organizations).

Through literature reviews and a study of the usage of two OSV databases during six semesters at California State University of San Marcos, this research aims to review the OSV trends in collection building/management and OSV use in academic libraries.

The research findings indicated that OSV was a valuable teaching and learning resource at CSUSM. More longitudinal studies covering wider OSV resources would be valuable to test and support this observation.



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