As more films and television shows bypass physical release and are made available only through streaming services, libraries need to find ways to get their patrons the content they're demanding. By circulating Roku devices pre-signed in to specific premium streaming platforms, such as Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and others, libraries can bring this much hyped content to their communities. This poster session and accompanying handout will describe how the Dayton Metro Library designed and implemented their Roku program that launched in March, 2022.
At the one-year mark of the Roku project, it can be called a success. Dayton Metro Library circulated 233 Roku devices, each logged into one of 11 premium streaming services. Total collection circulation currently stands at 3,309 checkouts in that first year. Each device has circulated an average of over 14 times and that is without a single flyer, press release, or advertisement about this collection. Word of mouth has been the positive driving force behind this explosive circulation. This collection could be scaled up or down depending upon the budget and size of the library.
We will have a link to a handout about the specifics of this program available for interested ALA attendees and will be happy to answer any questions attendees have about the program at any point during the conference and expo.