All films and videos in the libraries' collection are available for personal or educational use, regardless of where this takes place (an in-person class or online). Only some can be used for public viewing.
Q:Why are there so many services?
A: It's all about the money. Currently companies are making the decision to build their own streaming platforms to keep more of their profit. Smaller publishers have chosen to sell the streaming rights directly to institutions like libraries for the same reason. Although we are starting to see mergers such as Disney's purchase of 20th Century Fox and Warner Media's bid for Discovery. We'll just have to see how this plays out.
Q: Can't you just copy the DVD and upload it?
A: Unfortunately, without the purchase of streaming rights or a Digital Site License, that would be illegal under the U.S. copyright laws. For more information see The Legal Stuff.
Q:Why is my streaming video so glitchy sometimes?
A:You might know that WiFi speeds can effect the quality of your streaming experience. But you might also have problems if there are too many devices using the same router or if you are in an area with weak WiFi. So, if you are using your phone to post on Instagram and your room mate is playing a game on their laptop, you might have trouble streaming videos on your tablet. Older devices could also have slower processing speeds, which could lead to streaming problems.
We do our best to get the films you request, but the library can't license every film. Here are some caveats:
Adding a film to D2L starts with activating your course in D2L.
Once the course is set up you can request streaming videos to be added to the reserves section. Here are step-by-step instructions:
You can then reach out to IMC to add the link to the reserves section for you. For more help contact :
A lot of the platforms we subscribe to offer the ability to create relevant segments/clips and link to those if that serves better the purposes of a class than viewing the full film. Here are some video tutorials on how to do this!
Making clips in Alexander Street Video:
Making clips in Kanopy:
Making clips in Films on Demand: