Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Kanopy Streaming Video - Change in Service

In 2014 the library began a subscription to Kanopy, a Netflix-like streaming media service. Many of you have used this as a resource for streaming videos in your courses.

Please note that there has been a major development on access to videos in Kanopy. The library is switching to a mediated purchasing model. Click on this link for more details:

MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB) & CATQuest

Beginning in January 2019, in order to search all MLAIB content you will have to use the dedicated database - not CATQuest.

The Modern Language Association (MLA) has decided to give EBSCO exclusive vendor rights (both dedicated and discovery access) for MLA International Bibliography. As of January 2019 they are dropping Gale and ProQuest as vendors.

This does not affect us when we search the MLAIB directly, since our subscription is through EBSCO. However, it will affect us slightly when searching for MLAIB content in CATQuest. By slightly, I mean that we never had access to its book, book chapter or dissertation records when searching through CATQuest. We have been able to access only journal content, and we have had to sign in to CATQuest first. I sent a blog post to you about this back in February 2017.

However, content from vendors such as JSTOR and Project Muse is still searchable through CATQuest, and many of the journals indexed in MLAIB are available through these two vendors. I would recommend signing in to CATQuest first, just to be on the safe side.

Special Collections - News

Special Collections, now known as the The Jack and Shirley Silver Special Collections Library, is happily ensconced in its new space in Billings Library.

It now has its own website: and the opening hours remain the same: 10 am on week days and 1 pm on Sundays.

We have been told that finding Special Collections within Billings can be tricky, so when visiting, it's best to use the entrance on the back or east side of Billings.