October 30, 2014

Stepping into the Stream: Bringing Netflix-style Video to Libraries

Darient downloadable promotion

Streaming video is well established in the consumer market (YouTube has been around since 2005 and Netflix since 2007) but is still gaining momentum in the library market. It’s not yet a huge category—LJ’s Materials Survey included downloadable/streaming movies as a category for the first time in 2013, finding that the responding libraries spent 0.6 percent of their materials budget on downloadable movies, which represented 0.9 percent of their total circulation—but it’s certainly on the rise.

What Rights Come with That Movie? | Backtalk

Imagine that you bought a new jacket on Amazon.com and received an email a month later from the manufacturer telling you that you paid the wrong amount for the jacket and that you owe the company several hundred dollars more. This may seem implausible, but for academic libraries that buy DVDs through distributors like Amazon.­com, it is a recurring problem: after buying DVDs at retail prices, they get an official-looking email saying they owe more.

Super Crips and Gay Dads: Avoiding Stereotypes in Video Collections | ALA 2013

An ALA program tackled issues of building a responsible film collection that portrays minority communities (native, black, queer, and disabled Americans) in responsible, respectful ways.

HBO’s Game of Thrones | RA Crossroads

HBO’s Game of Thrones | RA Crossroads

Hidden heirs, dueling families, unfolding powers, one is closer the throne.

Fast Scans | May 15, 2013

Upcoming foreign and indie releases.

Video Reviews | May 15, 2013

Reviews of Pina: Dance, Dance, Otherwise We Are Lost, Duke, and Copper, plus a full list of Video titles from the May 15 issue.

Q&A: Jay Bushman, Co-Creator of Welcome to Sanditon

Q&A: Jay Bushman, Creator of Welcome to Sanditon

In Jane Austen’s unfinished novel, Sanditon, a group of people set out to build their own town on the English seaside. Welcome to Sanditon is a modern, multiplatorm adaptation of the novel from the team behind the wildly popular Pride and Prejudice–based videoblog series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Jay Bushman was the transmedia producer and a writer for the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and is Welcome to Sanditon’s showrunner and creator.

Beta Testers Weigh In On Hoopla

Beta testers weigh in on Hoopla

Hoopla, Midwest Tape’s pay-per-circulation media streaming service for public libraries, has been in beta-testing mode for close to two months, and early reports of both the service overall and its mobile applications have been positive.

Economics on Disc | DVDs for Libraries

Economics on Disc | DVDs for Libraries

Tax season is over for most of us, but with extensions and delays and those few stragglers, we thought catching up on some economics-themed documentaries would be just the thing for the spring. Our chief economics reviewer, Lawrence R. Maxted, from Gannon University in Erie, PA, has his eye on the pulse of what’s been taxing all of us lately—plus with a lost interview with Steve Jobs.

Spring Training in Motion | Baseball on DVD, February 19, 2013

Some hits, some misses for fans of our national pastime