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HOW DOES KANOPY STREAMING WORK AT WABASH?

We use a mediated model with Kanopy, whereby all requests are made through an online form available at the Kanopy site. This step was taken in response to dramatically escalating costs which were rising at an unsustainable rate. The mediated model allows for more careful stewardship of library funds by ensuring that a film is truly needed in streaming format and for curricular purposes. 

For personal use, anyone with a Crawfordsville District Public Library borrower’s card may access Kanopy through the CDPL’s EContent pagePatrons may borrow up to 10 titles per month. NB: Films accessed through CDPL are not eligible for classroom screenings.

 

HOW DOES KANOPY LICENSING WORK?

When Wabash College licenses a film from Kanopy, we do not own it; rather, we gain access to the film for one year at a cost of $150 per film. This license grants access to the entire Wabash community but does not typically include public performance rights. At the end of the year, the film is deleted from Wabash’s collection unless a new license is purchased.

 

HOW DO I KNOW WHICH KANOPY FILMS ARE CURRENTLY IN OUR COLLECTION?

There are two ways to determine this. The best option is to visit the Wabash Kanopy Streaming sitewhere all films we currently license will display. Alternatively, when searching or browsing titles at the generic Kanopy siteyou may select “Watch now” and click through the links. If a film has been licensed, then the film landing page will have a PLAY button. If it is not licensed, you will see a request form.

 

WHAT MAY I REQUEST FROM KANOPY?

The primary use of Kanopy Films should be for a course. There should also be a strong rationale for the use of the film in streaming format. Given the cost of the license ($150) and its limited length (1 year), ownership is preferred to short-term access. Therefore, unless there is a need for the streaming version, DVDs are preferred. Examples when streaming format may be appropriate include: 

  • the film is being used in multiple courses or sections, such as EQ
  • the film is assigned for student viewing over a break period
  • the film is not available on DVD 

 

HOW DO I REQUEST A KANOPY FILM?

If you select a film title in Kanopy and we do not already have it licensed, the following form will appear. 

 

Please use the “Your Message” area to describe the course in which you would use the film or other rationale for licensing it, as well as your reason for seeking streaming format.

You may also consult our library catalog to determine whether the title is already in the collection in DVD format: 

 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I MAKE THE REQUEST?  HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET THE FILM?

Completed request forms are sent to Susan Albrecht. You can expect a quick response from her with any follow-up questions and a licensing decision. The Kanopy team is responsive and films will typically be made available within 1 working day of an approved request.

 

HOW WILL I KNOW THE EXPIRATION DATE FOR A FILM?

You can always check with Susan Albrecht (albrechs@wabash.edu / 361-6216) to determine a license’s expiration date. If that falls before the date you need it, a license renewal can be arranged in advance. 

 

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