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Kanopy access changes: Update


How do I find books, articles & DVDs?

Changes to the library’s streaming video service Kanopy will be coming in the next few days. Please see below for details.

What will be changing?

Currently Kanopy users can click any video titles and watch them instantly. Starting Monday, March 3, some streaming videos will remain available for instant access, but most clicks on video titles will take you to a form to request that our library purchase access. Within 48 hours (during the academic week), you will be notified whether the requested video is available for watching. The request form will look something like this:

Form reading "This film is not available at your library yet, complete the form to request." Form fields include name, email address, a notes area, and whether you are a student or faculty.

Why is this change being made?

Kanopy has been provided to Woodbury through a “demand-driven” purchasing agreement. When a video has been played 3 times for 30 seconds or more each play, the library is automatically charged $150 per video for 1 year of streaming access and public performance rights to the film. The video can then be further viewed by any Woodbury user for an unlimited number of times within the 1 year period.

This arrangement benefitted Woodbury users by providing unlimited and instant access to the entire Kanopy collection. However, Kanopy’s popularity has unexpectedly increased greatly in the past year, particularly in the past few months, driving up spending to a point that we now need to ensure that future charges remain within library’s annual budget.

Which videos will be instantly available versus on-request?

Videos already purchased will be showcased on the Kanopy homepage. All other Kanopy videos available for request can be found by searching by title via the Kanopy search bar or by searching our library catalog.

Questions and/or concerns about this change?

We understand that this change may affect your course plans this semester, and we regret this change occurring while spring classes are in session. Please note that:

  • Videos intended for classroom use that are not already in the library via DVD/blu-ray will be given highest priority for licensing.
  • This arrangement may be altered in the future to enable instant access to more videos as circumstances change.

If you would like help determining the license status of a video or have any other questions, please ask a librarian for help.

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