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Libraries Boosting Streaming Media; New Collections Available as Expansion Study Gets Under Way

By University Libraries Staff

The UMD Libraries have recently expanded their streaming media collections and will be partnering on a study this year on expanding its licensing of online content.

The Avalon Media System, available since June, has made three new streaming media collections available to the global community: Liz Lerman Dance Exchange video recordings of performances, rehearsals, workshops and interviews; University of Maryland Athletics' basketball films from the 1950s through the 1970s; and Group W (Westinghouse Broadcasting Company) audio tapes that provide a comprehensive look at worldwide events delivered over the radio from 1957-82. In addition to improving the user experience for researchers, educators and students, the repository has also improved creating, describing and managing the Libraries' audiovisual content.

Following the impact of pandemic distance learning and a surge of requests for streaming media about research practices, UMD Libraries will also partner this year with Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit research and consulting group, to explore streaming media licensing terms, learn about faculty members’ perspectives, and develop negotiating and collection strategies. Ithaka S+R will conduct a nationwide survey and follow-up interviews with collections leaders to evaluate the competitive landscape of streaming media licensing. Georgetown and Johns Hopkins universities are among the other members of the research cohort.

Faculty members can learn more about how to add streaming content to their ELMS course portals, including relevant copyright guidelines, by visiting the Libraries website or contacting a subject specialist librarian.

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