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On July 1st, the Kirkwood library began offering a very exciting new video service called Kanopy to the list of database offerings. Kanopy provides over 26,000 streaming videos to educational institutions for use by faculty, staff and students. It is the library’s hope that this service will fill a useful niche in the Kirkwood classroom.

According to Kanopy’s webpage, “Kanopy works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer award-winning collections including titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, California Newsreel, New Day Films, The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation and more.” Unlike other video services, Kanopy only charges Kirkwood for the films we actually use. In other words, if our college community watches a film, we pay, if we don’t, no charge is incurred. This patron driven acquisition (PDA) model makes it very cost effective for the library and allows us to offer you a broader array of options to choose from.

A wide range of subjects are currently offered through Kanopy including art, business, education (K-12), global studies and languages, health, media and communications, sciences, social sciences and technical training. Under each of these broad subject headings, subheadings include such useful areas as nursing, mental health, sports & physiotherapy, food technology, technical expertise and many more. There really should be something for everyone. AND if there is a film title you want that is not available on Kanopy, please let your librarians know and Kanopy will do what they can to add it to their collection.

Another great feature is that Kanopy films can easily be embedded into Talon. This makes it especially useful for hybrid and online courses. A Share/Embed link is provided for each film under the media player. Use the share tab to link to the video. Then use the embed tab to embed the video in Talon. You can complete either of these steps by copying the URL/Code provided under the tabs.


Have questions? For more information about this exciting new service, please contact your reference librarian.

UPDATED December 8 2017: We removed a distribution system that Kanopy no longer represents.