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UNLV Libraries Offer New Subscriptions to Streaming Videos and Feature Films

By BTL on November 19, 2014 11:29 AM | Permalink

Would you like to use a popular feature film as part of your course? Did you know the library provides access to thousands of streaming videos? The UNLV University Libraries offer an extensive collection of educational videos and feature films on a variety of subjects. Faculty have the flexibility to use clips in the classroom or assign the videos as out-of-class viewing since students can access the video online.

“We can stream feature films for a course through WebCampus for a set period of time, typically a semester or a year. We provide this as an on-demand service for instructors and faculty,” said Brian Schuck, head of new media.

Highlighted below are two additions to our collection of streaming educational videos and feature films.

Swank Digital Campus

Many popular feature films can be licensed for use in your course through the Libraries’ subscription to Swank Digital Campus. Swank Digital Campus specializes in providing access to feature films with exclusive distribution rights.

You can explore Swank Digital Campus with a movie title, actor, or director search or by browsing subject guides containing film suggestions to enhance the curriculum. For science, several popular films are offered ranging from Gravity to March of the Penguins.

You can browse films by genre or theme such as diversity, homelessness, nuclear energy, technology and engineering, and women’s awareness.

Once you have identified a feature film for your course, the library will obtain access to the film and guide you in linking the streaming movie into your course in WebCampus.

Kanopy Streaming

Kanopy Streaming is a video-licensing database that offers documentary and feature-film titles in the arts, humanities, business, sciences, communications, education, and more. With an interface that could compete with commercial streaming powerhouses, Kanopy offers individual streaming titles, curated collections, and browsing by subject. The PBS Collection contains public broadcasting’s most popular documentaries on history, social issues, global studies, the sciences, and more. The Green Planet Collection contains films promoting environmental education.

With the Libraries’ subscription, you can create a personal account to create clips and playlists. Full length streaming films, clips, and playlists can all be embedded into your course through WebCampus.

If Kanopy doesn’t have a license for a title you need, they will work with the film distributor to request streaming access. The licensing process can take some time and we encourage you to plan streaming media for your course in advance. “The library can acquire a physical copy for course reserve if Kanopy or our other streaming media video resources are unable to grant rights. Our goal is to provide instructors and teaching faculty their needed content in streaming format whenever possible,” Schuck said.

The Libraries offer an array of additional streaming video and online movie resources. Visit our online guide to learn more.


For tips to linking streaming media in your course, see the Libraries' WebCampus Toolkit. Contact Brian Schuck, head of new media, for additional assistance