To better understand streaming video trends and challenges, Kanopy conducted a survey of more than 800 academic librarians, primarily in the U.S.
Among other findings, the survey revealed that the pandemic has spiked a significant increase in demand for streaming video among faculty and students that is expected to continue post-Covid. This trend is presenting challenges for budget-strapped librarians to meet all of their user needs including for films that are diverse, equitable and inclusive. 77.2% of survey participants say DEI is “extremely” to “very” important to their streaming video selection, yet just 25.8% believe they are fully meeting their students’ needs for such content.
Other key survey findings include:
- In 2020, 52.7% of participants say they spent more than 5% of their materials budgets on streaming video compared to 18.2% on DVDs. This trend is expected to continue as 54.2% of participants say their budgets for streaming video will increase over the next three years compared to just 3.7% for DVDs.
- 24.7% say perpetual access is their preferred streaming video acquisition model followed by subscription (21.9%), firm/upfront order (17.0%) and PDA/DDA ( 14.9%).
- 16.3% of participants say faculty recommendations are the leading method of streaming video discovery followed by the library catalog (15.6%) and discovery services (15.0%).
- 68.2% say incorporating streaming video into class assignments increases student engagement and 30.1% are unsure.
- 52.0% of participants do not believe it is their library’s responsibility to provide
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