This year the Library will continue to support faculty/teaching assistant requests to license streaming media from Kanopy and other streaming media vendors for films that are:
required for class support/instruction, and
where student enrollment is too large to rely on Media Reserve access for a DVD copy of the needed film.
What you can expect this year:
If we do not own it as a DVD or as a streaming file, use the Recommend A Purchase form to request the film. Include reasons for needing a streaming file (class size & required viewing outside of class).
If we do own it as a DVD but that will not support your class needs, include your reasons for needing a streaming file (class size & required viewing outside of class).
If we have a streaming file through Kanopy now, contact us to determine the length of the license/access so we can work with you to make sure your students will be able to access the film when it is needed [see below “Important Info About Kanopy Films in the Catalog” for details].
In April, it became clear that our three-year pilot with Kanopy streaming services was outpacing our budget and we could not continue the program as it was. At that time we contacted departments to alert you to the need to change how we manage streaming media requests.
We know streaming media is a great option for everyone. However, the streaming services like Kanopy, many filmmakers, and many film distributors offer only lease access to streaming files of their works. This means that films needed year-over-year are paid for repeatedly. In other words, we never own the film and you can’t rely on the film being available the next time you need it because the lease is short-term.
We want to focus spending on leased materials where you really need us to and, if you know a film will be used year-over-year, we want to make it accessible in the most cost-effective way because we want to make sure we are using the budget to meet as many campus research and teaching needs as we can.
UCSC Library Resources
The below databases are streaming film databases. Individual titles for films in these databases are discoverable through Library Search.
There are some films you have explicit permission from Netflix to use your personal Netflix account to show in class.