January 16, 2022

Kanopy Releases Findings From “Streaming Video Trends in Academic Libraries” Survey

From Kanopy:

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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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.