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Media Collections and Services

A guide to researching and using the library's physical and streaming media collections.

Streaming Media FAQ for Faculty during COVID-19

As Mason transitions to an online environment for Spring 2020, here are some answers to frequently asked questions on media resources.

 

I’d like to find streaming video, music, or sound recordings to incorporate into my online class. What do Mason Libraries have to offer?

Mason offers over 100 databases of just streaming video and audio content! This includes documentaries, world cinema, educational videos, classical music, and so much more. To explore these databases, please check out the Streaming Media Page on our Media Services and Collections Guide.

 

I am a faculty member or instructor, and need a specific video in streaming for my online class, OR I had a DVD on reserve at Fenwick Library and now need it in streaming. How can I make a request?

Please contact the Media Librarian, Heather Darnell, hdarnell@gmu.edu, for specific requests. From there, the library will see if the film is available to license through one of our distributors.

Due to limited funding and a high volume of requests, the library kindly asks all faculty to consider which videos are the most essential for their classes as they make requests.

 

Does the library digitize films or film clips for class use?

While the library will in some rare circumstances digitize a film, we have currently halted film digitization for the semester due to the time and resources it takes to digitize. We do not digitize shorter film clips. However, we are happy to see if we can purchase a streaming license for your film. Please contact the Media Librarian, Heather Darnell, hdarnell@gmu.edu  for specific requests.

 

I looked up a film on Kanopy, but it is unavailable. What do I do?

The library has transitioned to a “mediated” model of Kanopy in order to control costs. This means that faculty or instructors must request films for them to be made available. After a film is requested and approved by the library, it will be available for one year to the entire Mason community. To make a request, either fill out the form on the video’s page in Kanopy or contact the Media Librarian, Heather Darnell, hdarnell@gmu.edu.

As mentioned above, these videos do cost the library money. Due to limited funding and a high volume of requests, the library kindly asks all faculty to consider which videos are the most essential for their classes as they make requests.

 

What is Swank, and how does it work?

Swank is another video database which provides access to course-assigned videos via instructor request. Videos are typically licensed for one year and available to the entire Mason community. However, unlike Kanopy, faculty cannot browse Swank’s content. If you are a faculty member or instructor and would like to assign a specific video in streaming, please contact the Media Librarian, Heather Darnell, hdarnell@gmu.edu.

 

Contact:

For streaming video questions, please contact the Media Librarian, Heather Darnell, hdarnell@gmu.edu.

For streaming music questions, please contact the Music Librarian, Steve Gerber, sgerber@gmu.edu.