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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