Professional Development

Video Librarian's guide to professional development compiles our most helpful lists, essays, news articles, and more to help invigorate your career as a librarian, archivist, or educator. This is your destination for lesson plan ideas and educational resources, as well as digital streaming and licensing information.

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Library Professionals


In this section, gain insight into all of your questions regarding licensing topics like public performance rights, the first sale doctrine, and perpetual access. Whether you are an experienced media librarian or just beginning your library licensing education, there is something for everyone to learn.

Public Performance Rights:

"Copyright provides creators with exclusive rights to their works including the public display of their copyrighted work. For this reason, when an institution, organization, or association purchases any media, the ability to publicly display the work is not assumed in the purchase agreement."

Learn more: Your Guide to Public Performance Rights

First Sale Doctrine:

"The first sale doctrine entitles those who purchase a legal copy of a copyrighted work “without the authority of the copyright owner, to sell or otherwise dispose of the possession” (Title 17, United States Code, Section 109(a)). This provides for those who purchase a copyrighted work such as a film or video to have the ability to not only watch the movie, but it gives the purchaser the ability to resell the DVD or Blu Ray disc or lend the copy they legally obtained to another person for their use (Title 17, United States Code, Section 109)."

Learn more: What is First Sale Doctrine?

Learning Through Film

What can film teach us? If you are an educator, how can you incorporate film into your lesson plans? If you are a casual viewer, what can you learn from the films you watch? These articles explore how film can teach us about topics like mental health and science, what we can learn from television shows, and the intersection between film and literature.

Digital Streaming and Film Screenings

Find resources for both in-person and online film screenings and events. Get tips for events and discussions, as well as learn about topics like streaming platforms, virtual film programming, and perpetual access. 

Click here to see more of our digital streaming and film screening articles. 

Perpetual Access

"As opposed to limited streaming access or digital site licenses, perpetual access allows you the ability to stream a film forever. Although more expensive, perpetual access typically results in lower cost per use."

Learn more: Vendors with Perpetual Access 

Library Conferences and Continued Education

Your destination for news articles detailing the latest library conferences and continued education programs for librarians and educators.

Resources for Educators 

Discover important resources for librarians and educators - like online film studies workshops, short form educational videos, and information about media literacy. Take a look at our robust educator resources.