Vol. 2, No. 1 Fall 2004

Streaming Media - From Your Library

We are making plans now to deliver digital media to your classroom, office, desktop, lab, and dorm room (or suite) directly from Media Services. Digital media will be a Web link away. We will continue to circulate DVDs, CDs and VHS videotapes from the library, but the future for media is clearly digital.

Our plans are to fully integrate media into your course management software (Blackboard in our case) and our library website in order to extend Media Services beyond the library building. To this end, we will begin beta-testing "Interactive Media on Demand" with Films Media Group early in December 2004. Films Media (formerly Films for the Humanities & Sciences) is the largest media vendor for colleges and universities today. We, along with Boston College, are fortunate to get a first look at their digital offerings, which can be licensed via multiple options: streaming, progressive downloading, and, if needed, DVD jukebox delivery. At present Films Media has already digitized 1100+ titles, with their entire catalog (9000+ titles) targeted for completion by December 2005. We will provide faculty with title lists soon. Stay tuned!

 

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