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Enhancing Library/ IT Collaboration

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2013

The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, of which Hobart and William Smith Colleges are members, has announced its purchase of the Ensemble Video platform to provide the core video streaming infrastructure for its six member campuses - Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University, and Union College - and for the New York Six MediaShare Project.

An initiative developed through the partnership of the New York Six library directors and chief information officers and supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, MediaShare supports cross-campus collaboration in library collections and information technology.

The consortium will utilize the Ensemble Video platform to streamline video management and publishing across its six member campuses, thereby reducing costs, enhancing services through cooperation and coordination, and providing a scalable framework for the schools to meet the growing demand for video in higher education.

The consortium will support Ensemble Video for the six member campuses, providing access in a private cloud. Wowza Media Cache servers will be deployed to campuses, maximizing streaming efficiency.

"We‘re thrilled the New York Six has chosen Ensemble Video to back their MediaShare project," said Ensemble Video Founder and CEO Andy Covell. "The private cloud implementation will provide the agility necessary for the New York Six to continually adapt to evolving media needs."

Ensemble Video enables secure access to content; rich publishing options for course lectures, campus events, and guest speakers; and facilitates sharing of media collections and technologies among New York Six campuses. Users will be able to embed single videos and video playlists in a wide variety of learning management systems, HTML pages, blogs, portals, and other content management systems.

"The Ensemble Video infrastructure is an important step for the consortium in advancing our library and IT collaborations," said Amy Doonan Cronin, executive director of the New York Six. "Not only will it enhance our MediaShare project, it will provide a framework for a wide range of multi-campus activities in the coming years."

"This is a growing trend we're seeing in higher ed," said Covell. "Institutions are coming together to share media resources and technology infrastructure. Ensemble Video's powerful sharing features allow content to flow freely between campuses, while our flexible, decentralized administration structure lets each school or department remain autonomous."

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Consortium facilitates collaboration among its member institutions in fulfilling their educational missions and serving the public good. Through the sharing of expertise and resources, the Consortium enhances opportunities for students, faculty, and staff, while reducing colleges' individual and collective operating and capital costs.

 


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