Library's Licensed Streaming Film Collections
All streaming films appear in the library catalog, thus they are searchable. It is best when searching for a streaming film by topic to use the advanced search function of the catalog. Here is a tutorial on finding a streaming film using advanced search and a keyword in the library catalog. It's a bit tricky, but saves you time.
Booking a Library-owned DVD or VHS
Library Media Services will make full arrangements for a dvd or vhs formatted film from its collection to be shown during class in the classroom. It is also an option to schedule a viewing for a class in the Bernat Special Events Room, either during class time or outside of class time.
- By e-mail or phone: contact Patty Mason (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 445-4323 from 7:30am - 3:30pm, or call the Library Services Desk, 445-4330
- Have date(s) and time(s) and course info ready
- Give title information; staff can look up call number info.
Any other viewings outside the course or classroom or library environment, without a professor present, or when inviting an audience other than a class roster, qualify as "public performances" and are subject to copyright permission and applicable fees. The Library does not arrange, nor pay fees, for public performance permissions.
Tutorials for Adding Streaming Films to Canvas
Free streaming sites of interest
Plan way in advance for films
Please plan three to six months in advance of your online/hybrid course regarding films or tv shows. The streaming film marketplace is continually changing as documentary filmmakers and distributors find new options for revenues.
PBS has returned its content to Films on Demand, after pulling it out. In other cases the library has to weigh a one-year streaming license for $150-$300 for a compressed class of 15 students versus requiring students to buy their own copy via iTunes or their own subscription to Netflix.
Have this conversation with the librarian for your department when proposing the course and in advance of EACH time you teach it. Situation in the marketplace is ever-changing.
DVD purchases are much easier to obtain, except for foreign-only releases. Keep in mind that a library cannot stream a dvd it owns; their use is limited to face-to-face use.