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Streaming Media at Brookens: Introduction

This guide is to provide information on Kanopy and other streaming media content available through the Brookens Library.

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This guide is intended to provide faculty with a list of already purchased streaming media for use in their courses as UIS undergoes a shift to remote teaching as part of our COVID-19/novel coronavirus response. We realize that this sudden disruption of teaching plans will create some difficulty for our faculty colleagues and we will do our best to support you as we have always done. 

Requests for streaming media will be processed as they arrive. However, due to the high number of requests we expect to receive, we cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled.  We ask you to consider the resources in this guide as you search for alternative media that you may need for your courses.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, contact your subject librarian and they will happily help you.

Kanopy PDA Information

Kanopy is a streaming video services intended to provide access to documentaries and other educational media in support of the university curricular needs. Kanopy was selected due to its preview feature. Many faculty had expressed reluctance to request the purchase of educational media due to their high cost. Especially when faculty did not have the opportunity to view the media to ensure it meets their educational needs prior to purchasing. 

Kanopy is a pay per view service. Most videos on the platform are open and available for previewing for three views without charge. The fourth view automatically triggers the library purchasing unlimited rights to the video for a year at the cost of $135.  A view is defined as a play of 30 seconds or more, Kanopy is not intended for casual or entertainment viewing. 

The Library recommends that a faculty member set aside enough time to view as much of the content as needed to determine if a video meets their learning objectives.  Ideally, within a single viewing so that only videos needed for classroom use are purchased.

Please note that there are some videos on the platform that must be purchased or leased outright. If you are interested in one of these videos, there is a link to a recommendation form that you can use or you can place a request using the streaming media form at