Academic Library Plans for the Audio Collection

Sep 2016| PRG149A| Primary Research Group

Report Highlights

The report looks closely at how music libraries, and general academic libraries with audio collections, are developing and managing their music and other audio assets. The report gives detailed data on purchases last year and this year of streamed and downloaded audio content vs. audio content purchased in non-networked formats such as CD’s and Blu-rays. The study also looks at the role of consortia in audio content licensing, and presents precise information on purchases from major vendors such as Amazon, Naxos, and many others.

Other issues discussed include: perceived faculty satisfaction with audio resources, the sharing of costs of audio content between the library and various academic departments, use of the learning management system as an audio content delivery system, the equipping of library, music and general classrooms with proper network connections for streamed audio content, preferred contract terms in audio content licensing, use of audio special collections and audio books and more.

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