Updates on video streaming



I wanted to give you an update regarding film/video streaming at Carleton—things change fast!

In March 2019 we had to shut down, demand-driven purchasing of videos from Kanopy for budgetary reasons; mediated purchasing has continued to ensure teaching needs are met.

This prompted us to review our film purchasing strategy.  As such, we wanted to give you some library updates on video streaming for the 2019-20 school year:

  • We will be reinstating our subscription to Films on Demand- Master Academic Collection. We will have access to it from August 1, 2019 (in time for people preparing for their classes)
    • Films on Demand is a cross-curricular digital video library on a range of subjects. Each video is divided in segments which allow users to show only the segments if needed 
  • We are going to continue Kanopy as a fully mediated product- This means that instead of having the entire catalogue open and films that are viewed become purchased, those who want a film will have to make a request. This form gets sent to the Collections Librarians who can make the final decision on whether or not to purchase a title.
    • Kanopy is a streaming service that provides a platform for educational video products covering a wide range of subjects
  • We are cancelling our subscription to Criterion-on-Demand as most films can be accessed through other resources.
    • Criterion-on-Demand are educationally relevant feature films from a variety of producers
  • We are purchasing a new subscription to Digital Theatre Plus, a digital streaming video collection of unique films of current, leading British theatre productions, musicals, and operas, including behind-the-scenes documentaries and resources for deeper understanding of texts.


Plus … Other video services the Library continues to provide:

  • NFB.ca- films produced by the National Film Board of Canada
  • Theatre in Video- contains performances of the world’s leading plays and film documentaries on the subject of theatre in streaming video
  • SAGE Research Methods Video Collections- 480+ streaming videos cover every aspect of the research process and hundreds of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods
  • JoVE Journal of Visualized Experiments- publishes peer-reviewed video articles documenting techniques and protocols in biological sciences. Carleton Library subscribes to content in Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics and Neuroscience.


Video streaming is a growing and ever-changing entity and as with all of our subscriptions, we will evaluate to ensure that we are spending collection dollars in a way that is both financially sustainable and that meets the research, teaching, and learning needs of our Carleton community.

If you have any questions between now and September 3, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Newton Miller, Assessment & Collection Strategy Librarian (laura.newtonmiller@carleton.ca). Please note she will be away from July 20 to August 9, 2019. 

Should you need to contact someone during that time, please email collections_librarians@library.carleton.ca

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