Recording Available! Resource Sharing and Streaming Media: Survey of the Landscape, presented by the BLC Media COI

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Technology changes bring exciting benefits and challenges for academic libraries. The emergence of streaming media vendors such as Kanopy and Swank has opened the door to questions that touch on the essence of our work: What can be shared? What are the limits for inter-library loan in a streaming media landscape? What are the legal implications for libraries when sharing streaming media?

This webinar will provide a brief survey of this landscape, addressing questions of streaming media and resource sharing. Members of the SILLVR Project - Katy Divittorio, Philip Gaddis,  and Sommer Browning, will present on the work of the project and provide an overview of implications for resource sharing.

Following this presentation, Kyle K. Courtney will address some of the questions and uncertanties faced by librarians as streaming media becomes more prevalent. How do we address the needs to enable scholarship and access in a consumer-licensed world? Libraries have traditionally relied on a suite of copyright exceptions to provide all types of media used by students, faculty, and the public. These exceptions are threatened by the rise of licensed digital materials and consumer-facing companies (Netflix, Spotify, Steam, and more) that will not offer libraries a license at any price. How can libraries provide access, preserve culture, and save the public record in an era where we cannot lawfully acquire popular and scholarly media? Kyle K. Courtney will outline the problem and advance new legal insights to reducing the legal risk of using commercial platforms for popular media.

More about the SILLVR Project

SILLVR is an innovative project that allows for ILL of streaming video. Launched in January 2020, this project created a way to share streaming videos across libraries for the first time. This presentation will delve into partnerships forged, details of the agreements, and the new ILL workflows created. Data from the pilot, project outcomes and challenges will be shared. The presentation will end with advice on how attendees can implement their own dream initiatives. 


  • Katy Divittorio is the Head of Collections Strategies at the Auraria Library. In this role she provides leadership to the Collections Strategies Department which acquires, licenses, and assesses collections, manages the physical library stacks, and oversees ILL.
  • Philip Gaddis is the Acquisitions and Interlibrary Loan Manager for Auraria Library. He oversees the direct (non-consortia) acquisitions of electronic resources as well as all aspects of ILL. 
  • Sommer Browning is the Associate Director of Technical Services at the Auraria Library. In this role she oversees the Collections Strategies department, the Discovery and Metadata department, and the Systems Administration unit.
  • Kyle K. Courtney is the Copyright Advisor and Program Manager at Harvard University, working out of the Office for Scholarly Communication. He works closely with Harvard Library to establish a culture of shared understanding of copyright issues among Harvard staff, faculty, and students. His “Copyright First Responders” initiative is in its sixth year, and has spread beyond Harvard to reach libraries, archives, and cultural institutions in the Northeast and Norhtwest. He also currently maintains a dual appointment at Northeastern University: teaching at the School of Law, and also teaching “Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights” for the interdisciplinary CyberSecurity & Information Assurance program at the College of Computer and Information Science.