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Libraries announce new streaming video subscription

The East Carolina University libraries have a new subscription that provides streaming video access to nearly 7,000 titles from Films for the Humanities and Sciences, a recognized source for a wide range of educational programs. The subscription is to the Films on Demand Master Academic Collection, by Films.com.

Subject categories in the video collection include humanities and social sciences, business and economics, health and medicine, science and mathematics and archival films and newsreels.

According to Wm. Joseph Thomas, head of the Joyner Library collection department, the subscription will dramatically expand the ability of ECU faculty to incorporate videos into their courses, a tool they may find particularly useful in distance education courses. He said the access will allow faculty to isolate clips to show instantly in class, without having to check out a physical item and locate a player.

Students may watch the clips or entire films repeatedly as needed.

Thomas noted that the Films on Demand access will be especially helpful to distance education students, who face limitations in viewing the library’s physical film collections.

The subscription may be accessed at http://media.lib.ecu.edu/erdbs/erdbs_description.cfm?id=645. Users may browse or search the database to discover what videos are available. Links to whole films or to segments can be embedded in Blackboard.

For additional information, contact a reference staff member at Joyner or Laupus Library.

This story appeared originally in the Dec. 10, 2010 issue of Pieces of Eight. An archived version of that issue is available at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/poe/2010/1210/December-2010-Archives.cfm.