Kanopy changes to come!

The Library has offered Kanopy streaming films for several years now; however, their pricing model is unsustainable for us, especially in a year of cost-cutting. The Kanopy pricing model is a per-film license model, costing $150 for each one-year one-film subscription period. We pay for every film that is accessed at least four times during a calendar year for 30 seconds or more. Since there are no previews/trailers, licenses are triggered very quickly – even from casual browsing.

Kanopy Mediated Model

Starting Monday, February 17, we will implement a mediated (i.e. reviewed) model for selecting Kanopy films. Any film that is not yet licensed can be searched for in Kanopy and requested through the form that Kanopy provides. Librarians will review your request and reply to you with a license decision. Faculty who are using the film for a class will be given first priority, but there is no guarantee of approval. Film access will typically be available within two business days after a decision is made. Any film which is already licensed will still be available on-demand as usual. Records for all current film licenses will appear in Research@UWW with the current license dates.

Kanopy UWW form

Alternatives to Kanopy

The Library also provides several other streaming video collections that operate on an all-you-can-eat pricing model; one set prepaid price for an entire year. One of these collections might offer something that suits your need.

  • Films on Demand: Over 38,000 titles covering a wide range of academic subjects. Content includes documentaries, lectures, instructional/curricular videos, and historical primary source videos.
  • FedFlix: Featuring the best movies from the United States Government, all these videos are available for reuse without any restrictions.
  • LGBT Studies in Video: A cinematic survey of the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as well as the cultural and political evolution of the LGBT community.
  • PBS Video Collection: This collection of almost 800 titles provides video documentaries and series from PBS on topics that range from science to history, art to Shakespeare, diversity to business & economics, and more.
  • Psychotherapy.net (UWW selected): Curated by our Counselor Ed and Social Work faculty, this Psychotherapy.net collection offers streaming videos which show actual psychotherapy sessions, and experts discuss their thoughts behind their interventions.
  • Psychotherapy.net (Alexander Street): Includes more than 150 in-depth training videos from one of the counseling professions’ most respected video providers.
  • Nursing and Mental Health in Video: Nursing and Mental Health in Video features over 240 videos of the most common mental health disorders nurses may encounter – whether in a primary care setting, emergency room, medical, psychiatric or other.

It is unfortunate that we have to make this change, but after thorough analysis and discussion with the vendor, we feel the Kanopy Mediated Model is the only way in which we can continue to provide this resource. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your liaison librarian.

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