All posts by Jenny Moyryla

Instructional Services Librarian

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month!

The Kanopy streaming film database has curated a series of films celebrating  culture and film, which includes 105 titles found in the Hispanic Heritage Month Collection.    Any of these films can be used in classrooms, viewed by enrolled students, or added to Blackboard courses.

The official Hispanic Heritage Month organization’s website is also a great resource for primary source content, storytelling, image and film collections, and exhibits that have been organized around the country.  Visit www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov to explore!

Black History Month on Kanopy

To celebrate Black History month, we are highlighting a selection of Independent films, many exclusive to the Kanopy streaming video database, that tell the stories of extraordinary African American musicians whose talent has shaped today’s music industry.

Bayou Maharajah
This film explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who is described as, “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” This roller coaster portrait brings to life the unforgettable story of this amazing musician.

Continue reading Black History Month on Kanopy

NOTICE: Authentication Issues

The authentication application to e-books, e-journals, etc. is under blockade.   Slowdowns and momentary shutdowns are highly possible while IT addresses the problems.

If you receive a request for your BARCODE or Library SKU number, DO NOT reply and DO NOT send your personal information and barcode data to anyone.  Contact  library.support@umb.edu or call 617-287-5900 or 5940 to notify IT and Library of any suspicious activity with your campus library account.

Streaming Media for Instruction

Earlier this summer, librarian Tina Mullins contributed a post on our streaming video collections.    These collections are some of our many digital content offerings.    In building on this, did you know that Healey Library can also help you locate digital media we don’t currently own or convert physical content into streaming formats for instructional purposes?

If you find that something you’d like to use online is not currently in our digital collections, you now have the option to submit  a Streaming Media Request.  Staff from Library Reserves, Library Acquisitions, and Video Production (IT Department) will work together to locate, purchase and convert material to a streaming format when it supports your curriculum.

streaming_nav1Our Streaming Media Request can be found on the Info for Faculty page on the library website.   Once there, select “Film & Media” and then  “Request streaming media for instruction.”

You will be asked to provide pertinent information such as your course number,  the semester you’d like to use the streaming content, information that will help us identify the correct film or audio recording, and  pedagogical reasons for using it in support of your course.

Things to keep in mind:  Copyright restrictions apply. Streaming media must be used behind password protection (e-reserves or Blackboard).  If you’d like to re-use streaming content in subsequent semesters, you must re-request streaming access.  Streaming media access will be disabled at the end of each semester to adhere to copyright law.   How quickly streaming content can be made available will depend on how quickly we are able to find your film or audio recording.   If we need to order it from a vendor, it could take as long as three weeks, so get your requests in early!

Direct Link:   Streaming Media Request Form