Academic Video Online: Premium is the largest and most comprehensive video subscription service available to libraries. It delivers more than 48,000 video titles spanning essential academic subject areas including: anthropology, business, science, engineering, counseling, history, music, film, and many more. Academic Video Online is a replacement for our prior streaming video service VAST from Alexander Street and all content previously found in VAST is available in Academic Video Online. Partnered with recognized providers of content such as: PBS, 60 minutes, Asian Film Online, and the BBC, Academic Video Online: Premium provides a breadth of expertly produced and relevant academic video content. A link to Academic Video Online can be found by accessing the library home page (www.scranton.edu/library), clicking on the articles and databases tab, and either search for Academic Video Online in the search box, or clicking on databases and finding Academic Video Online under the tab for databases “A”. It can also be found by logging into the My.Scranton portal and clicking on the “Library” tab, and clicking on the “Databases” link under “Resources” or searching the Library’s Catalog.
It’s been quite a while since we last saw all our students and faculty. While we hope everyone had a relaxing and calm intersession, ours was anything but! We’ve been working hard all month long to update, improve, maintain, and increase our Library resources and services, both in person and virtual. We’ll be posting more detailed announcements throughout the month, but here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming your way in Spring 2012:
- Thousands of new streaming media titles
- Mobile access to Library resources
- Combined book and database search in our catalog
- Better social features in our catalog (so you can like or share our resources)
- A major facelift for our digital collections
- Thin client computing in our computer labs
- Lots of unique events for our students and faculty – from our Earth Week Environmental Art Show to our Technology on Your Own Terms workshops to the Schemel Forum’s courses, luncheons, and trip
- A new home, a new look, and a new name for this blog (can you believe it’s almost 4 years old?)
We’re excited to have everyone back on campus (even if it means we have to fight for parking spaces again), so stop by anytime to say hi! We’re back on our regular hours for the Spring semester:
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: Noon – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 11:30 p.m.
A link to the site has been added to the Library’s Streaming Media web page.
Changes are happening rapidly in the Media Resources Department. While the DVD is currently the favorite media format, media streaming is becoming increasingly popular for academic use.
Streaming media are compressed audio and video files that allow the viewer to listen to or watch media in real time. Some popular sites that feature streaming media are Hulu, YouTube and Google Videos.
In the spring of 2011 the Library initiated a Streaming Media Page as an offshoot of the Media Resources/Edlab web page. The site currently contains Licensed Streaming Media from Films on Demand about a variety of subjects including Biology, Health and Medicine and Education. Students, faculty and staff have access to this material. Links to outside websites hosting lectures, documentaries and archival newsreels are available on the web page too.
Streaming Media has many benefits. It can be accessed from classrooms, dorms, or homes and multiple users can access it at the same time. If you’re off campus, log in to my.scranton and use the Library tab so that you’ll be authenticated as a University of Scranton user.
View the Licensed Streaming Media Tutorial found under Programs and Services on the Library Home Page for more information or use this link to connect to the page http://matrix.scranton.edu/academics/wml/media/streaming.shtml.