January 19th, 2006
New media formats have arrived at the WVU Libraries. The DVD collection has reached nearly 1000 and the Media Services Department is introducing several new commercial digital streaming videos this spring. Quality documentary films in the arts, social sciences, history, and the humanities can be accessed on the Libraries’ web site. Currently, you can view classic PBS documentaries on American and World History, as well as a BBC series on modern theater.
Any number of users can view the video stream simultaneously. For example, an instructor can assign a video to an entire class, and all the students can watch it on their computers at any time, with no waiting and no need to go to the library building.
Charles Burkart, Media Services Bibliographer, anticipates that this collection will continue to grow: “Asynchronous access to streaming video will eventually replace the conventional mode of delivery.”
Users can view files on the Libraries IPTV system or in QuickTime. For access to the streaming video collection, go to the Libraries web page at: http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/digitalcollections/streaming/. Instructors interested in acquiring streaming videos for their classes should contact Charles Burkart at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 293-4040 ext. 4071.