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Streaming Video Guide

Course Use for Instructors

Streaming Video for Course Use

The University of Nevada, Reno Libraries will acquire access to individual streaming videos if they are for course use.

  1. If you can find the video you want to use for a class in our streaming video collections, you may include a link to that item in your WebCampus class.
  • However, since contents of these streaming video collections can change, and many films can only be licensed for limited periods of time, we strongly encourage you to submit a request for this video using the Libraries’ media request form so library staff can verify the video’s availability for the semester or the term you need it for.
  • Please make sure you use a permalink to the video in your WebCampus class.  A permalink is a static or permanent web address (URL) which points to a specific item such as a video or article.  Many databases will have a permalink somewhere in the display.  If you need help with locating or updating your links, please contact the Libraries’ Discovery Services Department.
  • Most videos in the library's streaming video collections will include closed captioning. For any videos that do not, please contact the Libraries’ Acquisitions Team.
  1. If you can't find the video you want to use for your class in our streaming video collections, you may submit a request for it using the Libraries’ media request form or contact your Subject Librarian; and library staff will work to find a version you can use. (This includes if you have a copy of the movie on VHS or DVD that you want to stream). 

Important things to know about the Libraries’ streaming video purchase service:

How it works

  • Streaming video purchases depend on licensing terms put forth by the content provider and availability of the library collection funds.  Licensing the requested video title may not be possible in some cases due to the content provider or prohibitive licensing cost.
  • When a 3rd-party hosting streaming license is available for the requested video, the Libraries will purchase the license for a one-year term.
  • When a 3rd-party hosting streaming license is not available, the Libraries will pursue a license to locally stream & host the video, also for a one-year term.
  • When no streaming licenses are available, the Libraries will conduct a Fair Use check to determine if the intended use of the requested title is considered fair to support a local streaming & hosting solution.

Fill out the media request form

  • Each semester, for each film you plan to use in a course, you need to submit a new media request form.
  • Please make sure you enter an accurate “date needed by” on the request form.  We receive many requests for videos and prioritize them by the “date needed by” specified on the form.

What to expect & how to get help

  • Setting up streaming licenses with vendors and making sure the film is accessible with captioning can be time-consuming.  Please plan ahead and submit requests at least 8 weeks in advance of the date needed for a class.  Ideally, allowing one semester of lead time for new purchases would be appreciated.
  • The Libraries will notify you by email when the requested video link is available.  To check on the status of a particular request or if you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Subject Librarian for your department or program