[Videolib] Berkeley VOD

Fri, 21 Sep 2007 08:44:01 -0700 (PDT)

I forgot whether I've already tooted this particular horn already. My
memory ain't what she used to be...

Here's a press release re our recent foray into VOD:

It gives me great pleasure to announce the roll-out of the first titles
in a video-on-demand collection being developed by staff of the Media
Resources Center in collaboration with the Library Systems Office. These
full-length documentary works have been licensed from various
distributors and digitized by the Media Center. They are accessible to
anyone with a current CalNet ID, either on campus or off. The videos
require that you have the Windows Media player installed on your machine.
Macintosh users can download the free Flip4Mac plug-in to view these
(works best with the latest version of QuickTime).

Six of the videos in this group were licensed with funds obtained through
a grant jointly developed by Victoria Robinson (Coordinator of the
American Cultures Center) and Gary Handman, Head of the library's Media
Resources Center. The titles will be assigned as required viewing in
Victoria's large American Cultures and Ethnic Studies courses.

A complete listing of films digitized to date is posted at:

MRC staff are also in the process of streaming historical lectures and
events filmed at UCB, these may be found at:
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/audiofiles.html These latter films do not
require UC identification to view.

In the coming semesters, staff in the Media Center hope to work with
faculty across disciplines to identify other videos which might be
included in this online collection. We are particularly looking for titles
that would be useful for larger classes or those that are typically used
by several classes in the course of a semester. Videos included in this
collection will depend on the availability of digital rights licenses
(theatrical movies will largely be excluded from the collection) and on
the budget and staff considerations.

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley


"In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life
presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles."
--Guy Debord

VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.