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Streaming Media : Streaming Media Collection Development Guidelines

This guide provides information on streaming media resources available from the NWACC library and additional internet resources.

Collection Development Guidelines

NWACC Library, in cooperation with Distance Learning, supports the curricular streaming needs of the college. However, the high cost of streaming videos combined with budget constraints requires some limits on what we can provide. The policy for acquiring streaming rights may be adjusted from semester to semester based on funding. We encourage faculty to work closely with their Library Liaison to identify streaming media to use in the curriculum a few months prior to their need.  

Faculty are first encouraged to search and browse through the current subscription streaming media offerings, such as Academic Video Online and Kanopy. View the Library’s Streaming Media Guide. 

The library also collects non-print materials in DVD format. The Library reserves the right to limit the number of streaming titles in support of a course.  When requests are unusually expensive (e.g. more than $200) or numerous, we may also ask the faculty member’s department for funds to help cover acquisition costs. Streaming requests are purchased on a "first come, first serve" basis until the semester budget is expended. Upon expiration of a license, the library will apply the above criteria for license renewal decisions. 

Selection Considerations for Audiovisual content: 

  • Curricular relevance. Highest priority is given to materials which are essential to supporting the curriculum. 

  • Purchase/license price reasonable and funding available. 

  • Additionally: Anticipated frequency of use. Interdisciplinary nature. Favorable reviews or awards. Reputation of the creator. Reputation of the distributor. Quality of technical production. 

Licensed Streaming Criteria: 

  • Streaming titles are accessible with unlimited concurrent users. 

  • Streaming videos are hosted by a vendor or licensed for upload to a hosting platform that is available to all areas of the college (such as the AVO platform). 

  • Streaming video player is reliable, compatible with most browsers, and allows for embed/link into websites/Canvas. 

  • Streaming video is accessible off campus: title level persistent links are reliable. 

  • Streaming vendors provide high-quality MARC records. 

  • Streaming videos are captioned. 

  • Streaming video platform provides access to administrative tools measuring, at a minimum, title-level usage. 


Free web content: 

When appropriate, we will promote the use of high-quality, free, and copyright-compliant available streaming media. If a requested title has been made legally and is freely available for streaming online by the rights holder, we may suggest accessing the freely available material as an alternative, acknowledging that we cannot guarantee long term access. 

Consumer Facing Content: 

When an educational streaming license is not available, the library will purchase a DVD when possible. For exclusive content on consumer-facing platforms (Netflix, Amazon, etc.), the library recommends individually paid access. 

Public Performance Rights: 

The Library generally does not purchase DVDs with public performance rights. The Library does not pay for one-time public performance licenses. Campus groups organizing public screenings are responsible for all fees for one-time public performance licenses. 


The Library primarily acquires audiovisual materials in English or foreign films with subtitles.  Foreign language productions without English subtitles will be acquired on a selective basis, usually in response to a specific curricular request from the faculty. The Library does not acquire language learning materials as part of the audiovisual collection. 

Copyright:US Copyright Law permits the circulation of videos to individual library patrons. The permits showing a video to a class of students during instruction. For more information and audiovisual content visit our Copyright Guide 

(Adapted from Hofstra University with permission, 9/22/2022,