Commercial Media Hosting
Institutional libraries face challenges in assimilating educational content cost effectively while integrating it with license and content management. Each vendor offers its own platforms, with some vendors not having any streaming presence. Platforms offering PDA models are ultimately more expensive in the long run as libraries do not own the content and streaming technology is limited.
With illumira, libraries get a 24/7 ready-to-use, always-available cloud based platform to license and host digital media content from more than 100 media publishers (filmmakers that offer content through the platform). Libraries can also stream content from new media publishers for their members.
When a library purchases a title, the illumira team will quickly catalog, digitize and add the videos to your collection. Your users will simply access content from illumira’s feature rich platform. This allows libraries to develop a curated collection which is suited to the needs of patron community of faculty, students and staff. With features like the availability of MARC records, real-time usage reporting and analytics of your holdings, accessibility and closed captioning, librarians will have a powerful product that works for the library at a minimal cost.
Below are some of the top reasons librarians prefer illumira over other services
Not rooted to a single media service provider: With illumira, you can stream content from any vendor/media publisher, even those that may not have a streaming presence. Libraries using illumira today are streaming content without worrying about setting up access for every new publisher. You get a single platform for all your video streaming needs
Simplified Access with Learning Objects: The illumira team will take care of the content cataloging and digitization for you. We work with media publishers to source content which is cataloged by us as per library standards. Content is made available with learning objects where available.
Integration with Library Systems: Access MARC records for your holdings and import them into your library systems.
Content Discovery: Library patrons will be able to easily search across all of your streaming media holdings making your database instantly available from any location. Our search looks at keywords in metadata as well as closed-caption text, making content even more discoverable.
Closed Captioned and Accessible: When available, videos are closed captioned with an accessible media player.
Analytics & License Management: The service provides librarians with reporting and usage tools that let you see usage data in real time. Moreover, illumira also provides you with license management tools that let you track and manage your streaming video database licenses.
Cost Savings: Libraries see huge savings as they can easily control licensing, and user-friendly analytics provide further cost-saving opportunities. Additionally, many media publishers offer discounts for content streamed via illumira as well as DSL/perpetual licenses that let libraries own content while simultaneously streaming it.