UNB Libraries' Guide to Film, Image, and Sound Collections
DVD / BLU-RAY / VHS
A note on locations:
- Most films located in the Harriet Irving Library are identified in UNB WorldCat by the location designation "HIL-CIRAV", located on the first floor, past the main stairwell. A small number of VHS formatted films are in basement storage under the location designation "HIL-CIRDSK" and can be retrieved by submitting an item retrieval request.
- The Government Documents, Data, and Maps department, located on the third floor of the Harriet Irving Library, also has a small collection of films with the location designation "HIL-GOV" or "HIL-GOVCD".
- Films with a location designation of "ENG-AV" are located in the stacks of the Engineering Library in Head Hall (C-15).
- Films with a location designation of "HWK-VIDEO" are located at UNB Saint John's Hans W. Klohn Commons. UNB-F students, staff, and faculty may request such items via Document Delivery.
External DVD / BLU-RAY USB-powered drives
The Harriet Irving Library (Fredericton Campus) is now lending ASUS brand DVD/BLU-RAY reading and writing USB-powered drives that are Windows/Mac compatible. These drives can be used for any related purpose but are especially being marketed to those members of the UNB/STU community who would like to view films from our DVD and BLU-RAY collection but do not have a drive in their viewing device.
Classroom Use: Reserves/Bookings
Films can be used in the classroom in accordance with recent amendments to the Copyright Act (see 29.5)
DVDs can be reserved by instructors for in-class viewing by either placing the item on Course Reserve or by requesting an extended loan.
Requests for extended loans and questions can be directed to:
Head, Access Service Dept.,
Harriet Irving Library
Manager of Circulation Services
Hans W. Klohn Commons, UNBSJ
Circulation, reserve, and retrie val policies for films follow our standard circulation policies.
Films available from HIL-CIRAV, HIL-CIRDSK, HIL-GOV, and HIL-GOVCD, and ENG-AV may circulate for one week with the option of one further week's renewal for all patrons.
The Harriet Irving Library provides one combination DVD/VHS station for in-house viewing of films. The station is located in a study room, and as such can accommodate open discussion in tandem with film viewing. This study room can be booked at the Commons Service (formerly Circulation) desk.
UNB Libraries have a limited annual film budget for purchasing DVD and VHS formatted films that serve the teaching and learning objectives of University of New Brunswick and Saint Thomas University departments and faculty members.
We are now accepting purchase requests for consideration under the 2013/2014 film budget. Submissions can be made online at: http://www.lib.unb.ca/requests/film_request_form.php. There is no deadline for submissions this year.
Materials providing broad curricular support are preferred and given priority in selection to ensure maximum use of material. Factors that influence collection decisions include:
- Curriculum relevance as demonstrated by faculty requests;
- Balance within existing collection / amount of similar material in the collection;
- Preview by faculty or librarian before purchase;
- Favourable evaluations from standard or specialized review sources;
- Anticipated use;
- Accuracy and currency of production; and
- Available funding.
For items deemed ineligible for funding through UNB Libraries' film budget or requested after the deadline, there may be other funding avenues. Please consult your departmental liaison librarian.
Embedding in D2L
Embedding Films in Desire2Learn
Films on Demand:
Due to technical limitations and NFB Campus' end, embedding is just complicated enough to merit contacting Marc Bragdon directly (email@example.com / 506-458-7741).
Browser issues with flash content
Several popular Web browsers - Firefox and Chrome, for example- are now blocking flash content (such as streaming movies) when served through learning management systems such as Desire2Learn. The blocking can be disabled following guidelines set forth here:
Using Media from the Web
Sources for media that can be used for academic projects
One is well advised to exercise care when using and repurposing media objects (images, sound, video, etc.) found on the web for academic projects. Most media are copyrighted regardless of whether there is an accompanying statement to the effect. There are, however, sites which make available reusable media that are either in the public domain or under creative commons license. Below is a list of some of the most common such sources.
Vimeo - Creative Commons
Creative Commons licenses enable members to grant copyright permissions on their videos so others can copy, distribute, edit, remix, and build upon them while giving credit to the original video’s creator.
User uploaded video free to use for Educational purposes
Downloadable sound effects under Creative Commons license
The Commons on Flickr
Public domain photo sharing site:
A portal to various media content intended for free use and re-use under a "Creative Commons" licensing agreement:
Extensive source for royalty-free stock images:
A media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips):
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Subject Specialties: Culture and Media Studies
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