May 24, 2022

Streaming Media: Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies (PULSIS) is Moving to a “Mediated” Access Model For Kanopy Beginning on Jan. 1, 2020

From a Purdue University Libraries Blog Post:

 As part of our ongoing effort to provide the highest quality media content for Purdue students and faculty, while endeavoring to be good stewards of university resources, Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies (PULSIS) will soon join institutions like Harvard, Stanford, and Duke in adopting a new “mediated” policy with the streaming video service Kanopy beginning January 1, 2020.

Kanopy is a streaming video platform that provides a wide variety of documentary, independent, and award-winning films for educational use. It is not a subscription service; rather, pricing is based upon the number of views per individual title, with expensive annual licensing fees incurred once a film has been viewed for 30 seconds just four times. At $150 per title, PULSIS spent $73,512 on Kanopy in 2018. In 2019, these costs ballooned to $137,000 in the first 10 months alone. This is an exorbitant amount of money to pay for media that we do not get to retain in our permanent collections. With academic and student recreational use both contributing to Kanopy’s rising expenditures, we can no longer sustain an unlimited-use model.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.