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Wednesday, November 7 • 11:30am - 12:10pm
What Makes Us Do It? The Legalities and Demand that Necessitates a Library Video Streaming Service

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There are many differing interpretations of copyright law when it comes to digitizing and providing streaming video as a library service. Librarians at the University of Kansas (KU) have long been interested in providing a streaming video service for pedagogical purposes, but KU General Counsel always took a conservative stance on this practice and would not allow it. When KU Libraries hired a new Dean, who was also a copyright attorney, General Counsel became amenable to the Fair Use arguments the Dean provided, and after working through workflow and technical issues, a new streaming service was introduced to KU faculty and students.

Growing demand for streaming content along with the diminishing availability of playback equipment in the classroom for VHS and DVDs were primary motivators in the establishment of this service. Preference for streaming content for classroom use mirrors the greater trend for streaming content and the downward trend for physical media in the marketplace, as well as the increased usage of video for classroom instruction and research. This service not only serves to meet faculty and student expectations for access, it allows for greater accommodation of online and distance education. In this session, KU Librarians will survey the policies at selected academic libraries for providing access to streaming video and discuss the various interpretations of copyright law and Fair Use, including the interpretation of Fair Use that allows the KU Libraries to provide a streaming service. The discussion will also include an examination of the rationale and the technological environment at KU that necessitates such a service, along with the workflow planning and troubleshooting involved in bringing this new service to life.

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Lea Currie

Head of Content Development, University of Kansas Libraries
Lea Currie has been the head of Content Development at the University of Kansas Libraries since 2008 and employed with the Libraries in other positions since 1999. Lea’s principal role in her current position is to manage the collection development budget, review and analyze collections... Read More →
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Corinne Forstot-Burke

Performing Arts and Humanities Librarian, University of Kansas Libraries

Wednesday November 7, 2018 11:30am - 12:10pm EST
Salon II, Gaillard Center 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401, USA