In 2014, the CSI library was the first among CUNY libraries to subscribe to the Kanopy Streaming Video platform. Through this subscription, the library had access to over 200 streaming videos published by Media Education Foundation (MEF). In the fall of 2016, this access was increased exponentially to over thirteen thousand videos across multiple subject areas and an additional series, the Great Courses (TGC). The library is now planning to access the full academic collection, which has close to 30,000 documentary and independent film titles, with top producers such as the Criterion Collection, New Day Films, California Newsreel and PBS, to name a few. How are we able to provide access to over 30,000 film titles?
Kanopy was one of the first global film providers to offer a Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) program, which allows free access to its collections and charges libraries based on one criterion, significant patron usage. The CSI library already has active e-book PDA programs, but Kanopy’s PDA operates somewhat differently in that after significant patron usage, libraries can decide whether to continue to lease access the video or purchase it outright, all while monitoring usage. Hence, this practice allows a library to make more precise purchasing decisions that balance student and faculty demand with a librarian’s subject expertise to make thoughtful and intentional decisions.
What else should you know about the Kanopy Streaming Video platform? Kanopy is an academic based streaming platform with a very user friendly interface and a player that is compatible with screen readers. Most of their videos are Closed Captioned (CC) with transcripts, and the company has made it a priority to CC any video not originally provided by the publisher. You can request this by hovering over the slashed CC icon located next to the title and clicking on the message which will take you to a request form. All videos have Public Performance Rights (PPR), so professors can feel free to show them to a group and/or create clips or playlists for segmented viewings. For those techies out there, connect Kanopy to your Roku device or set up television viewings. The most unique part of Kanopy is the film content, which tends to be independent and documentary in nature, with many foreign language titles. These are films that are hard to find other places. Hundreds of new and recently released videos are added each month. Recently, a faculty member requested the film Mosquita & Mari, and we were able to provide it through Kanopy.
Feel free to explore the collection at http://csicuny.kanopystreaming.com/. You never know what we currently have access to or might have next!
–Professor Kerry Falloon