Monday, December 15, 2008

Do it Yourself E-Reserves

Would you like to be able to post articles to the libraries' E-reserves system yourself? The library still offers E-reserves services and this presentation is for those who would like to be able to do it yourself instead of bringing your articles to the library. We will go through the process step-by-step and show you how to post your own electronic files for your courses. We'll discuss authorization, adding courses and readings, organization of materials, copyright, and leave plenty of time for questions.

Two e-Reserves workshops have been scheduled for Wednesday, January 7th from 1-2, and on Friday, January 9th from 1-2.

Click on the link to register:

Sherri Michaels
Intellectual Property Librarian
Herman B Wells Library

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Event: Best Practices Fair Use & Media Lit Education publication

You’re invited: Putting an End to Copyright Confusion

Announcing the Release of:
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
DATE: Tuesday, November 11, 10:00 am.
LOCATION: National Constitution Center, Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia
Refreshments will be served. To register: Katie Donnelly (215) 204 3255

Finally, an end to copyright confusion has arrived! More and more teachers are using news, advertising, popular culture and digital media for teaching and learning. Now, educators have something to cheer about— a clear, accessible approach to copyright and fair use for teachers and students. If you use videos, websites, newspapers, magazines, images or audio in the practice of teaching and learning, this event is for you.

You are invited to join Professors Renee Hobbs of Temple University’s Media Education Lab, Peter Jaszi of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University’s Washington College of Law and Pat Aufderheide of the Center for Social Media at American University on Tuesday, November 11 for the release of The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education.

At this event, you’ll learn how the Code of Best Practices clarifies the fair use of copyrighted materials for teaching and learning, putting an end to copyright confusion for educators. This project was funded by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation’s Future of Public Media Initiative.

Media Education Lab
Center for Social Media
Renee Hobbs, Ed.D.Professor, Media Education Lab, Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media, School of Communications and Theater, Temple University, Philadelphia PA 19122
Phone: (215) 204 4291

Friday, September 26, 2008

Educational Videos Online Anytime, Anywhere!

We are pleased to announce a new teaching and learning format for our community: Videos On Demand. This capability is a collaborative effort made possible by the Herman B Wells Library Kent Cooper Room, Digital Library Program, and Information Technology to provide video access for online classes as well as for IUB authorized users who need access to video content.

To date, the Wells Library has licensed nearly 100 titles covering a variety of subject areas. These videos can be viewed in the classroom, via e-Reserve, or on a desktop without ever having to make a trip to KCR Media Services for check out or return. A current list of streaming titles is available at:

As faculty and instructors, you may request that streaming video be made available in e-Reserve or Oncourse. The online request form is available at:

Licensed titles can be purchased from numerous content providers, such California Newsreel, Films Media Group (FMG), formerly Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Media Education Foundation, and PBS. You may preview 4,000 clips at the Films Media Group Web site ( and request that we purchase additional titles, or ask us about other purchasing options

If you have any questions or comments about VoD service, please talk to your media librarians Monique Threatt ( or Martha Harsanyi (

Monday, August 11, 2008

Do it Yourself E-Reserves

Would you like to be able to post articles to the libraries' E-reserves system yourself? This presentation is for those who would like to be able to do it yourself instead of bringing your articles to the library. We will go through the process step-by-step and show you how to post your own electronic files for your courses. We'll discuss authorization, adding courses and readings, organization of materials, copyright, and leave plenty of time for questions.

All workshops will be held in W302 of the Wells Library:

Wednesday, August 20, 1-2pm
Friday, August 22, 10-11am
Thursday, August 28, 9:30-10:30am

No pre-registration required. Please contact Sherri Michaels at: if you have any questions.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Laserdisc players no more

Due to the high cost of maintenance and low use, Classroom Technology will no longer support the use of Laserdisc players in the classroom. The Kent Cooper Room currently has two functional Laserdisc playback machines for patron use. These machines must remain in the room.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Changes to Reserves (Print Only)

Effective August 9, 2008, all items to be placed on Reserve must be submitted either online:, by e-mail:, or in-person. Kent Cooper Room Services (KCRS) will accept a course bibliography or syllabus which must include a full citation of assigned readings along with instructor’s first and last name, department, course number, date item is needed on Reserve, and specific loan length instructions. Processing time for reserve materials can take up to three weeks. Please submit requests in advance of the academic year.

KCRS reserve policy allows 25 books per course. For courses which require more than 25 reserve books, the use of e-Reserve for articles and book chapters is encouraged. See instructions for e-Reserve processing at:

Reserved items will be removed after the academic semester, unless specified that the item(s) should remain on Reserve during the academic year. Full guidelines for placing materials on Reserve are available at:


Monique Threatt
Head, Kent Cooper Room
Herman B Wells Libary
(812) 855-1650

Announcing the 2007 Gaming Census!

This is an annual survey done by Dr. Scott Nicholson, associate professor at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, and is designed to collect information about gaming programs run in libraries in 2007. This can be any type of game (board, card, video, chess, puzzle) at any type of library (public, school, academic, or special). The focus is on gaming programs, where the libraries schedule an event of some type featuring games, and on gaming programs that were run sometime during the 2007 calendar year.

You can take this survey at

until the end of July.

Data from last year's census has been valuable in helping us to understand how libraries are using gaming and to get funding for other gaming programs. Adding data about your institution to our census will help us better understand how libraries are using data. You can see the publications that have used this data at . The results from this survey will be presented at the 2008 Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium.

Questions? Contact Scott Nicholson at

Thursday, July 10, 2008

An Independent Film Critique of Teresa Konechne's film "Empty" (50 minutes)

Independent filmmaker Teresa Konechne has invited Indiana University to screen her film before its distributional release with Bullfrog Films. In an effort to improve the quality and universal application of the film, KCR invites you to a special film screening this Friday July 11th from Noon - 1:30pm, OR 7pm - 8:30pm in E174 of the Herman B Wells Library. After the screening, we would like your response to questions posed by the filmmaker, and to participate in a group discussion. If you are unable to stay after the film screening, you may send your comments to us via e-mail or in-person.

Brief synopsis: Independent filmmaker Teresa Konechne is working on a new film, "Empty," which addresses important issues about women living in rural environments and what it may mean as this "rural" disappears. Through song and narration Konechne weaves a tale of personal discovery as she interviews women from the plains of South Dakota. While the film is mostly concerned with the lives of these women, the film raises potent questions about the shifting economy, social constraints associated with rural living, and issues of racism between the White and Native American populations who inhabit the plains. -- Sagan Victoria

"Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video"

Now available online is the "Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video" from The Center for Social Media. This is a valuable document for all "fair users." Take a look at this document and feel free to join the discussion list and blogs if you are at all interested.

"This document is a code of best practices that helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances."

New publication from American University, funded by The Ford Foundation:

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

New Class on South Asian Film!

Interested students are encouraged to register for a new class on South Asian film (yes, Bollywood, as well as Pakistani and Bangladeshi movies) and religion. Mandir and Masjid at the Movies (R388) in Religious Studies, has no prerequisites, and prior knowledge of South Asia, while helpful, is not expected. We’ll consider the meaning of religion in South Asia using film as our lens to explore what John Booth calls the “ambiguity of the sacred-secular distinction in Indian culture.” We’ll learn how to “read” film, and use John Lyden’s Film as Religion for our theoretical background as each week we watch and discuss one film in detail. Our broad topics include partition, gender, myth, fundamentalism, and the diaspora. We’ll come to know a range of views on religion and its role in the lives of South Asians through these films and our reading of critical articles for each one.

For more information, please contact:

Rebecca J. Manring
Associate Professor
India Studies and Religious Studies

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Media Literacy Forum: Barbie in the Bush

Dear Friends,

Please plan to attend tonight’s screening of two short films which will showcase the Aboriginal people and colonization.

Tjurunga: Story of the Stone Age Man, and Babakiueria will screen tonight at 7:00p.m., E174, Wells Library.

Light snacks provided.

Kent Cooper Room Staff

Thursday, April 17, 2008

New DVDs from Central Asia in the Kent Cooper Room

Recently Kent Cooper Room received a DVD collection of Central Asian cinema prepared by Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation). The collection contains 10 films and represents five Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. There are 2 films from each country, one made during Soviet period and one during independence after the collapse of Soviet Union. Each film is subtitled in both Russian and English.

The Libraries will host a screening of these very important films in fall 2008.

Akram Khabibullaev
Librarian for Middle Eastern, Islamic & Central Eurasian Studies
E960 Wells Library

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Little 500 Weekend

It's that time again to celebrate a half-century tradition at Indiana University Bloomington with Little 5 weekend. Supported by the IU Student Foundation, here are a few available resources located at the Bloomington Libraries and on the Internet:

The Little 500 : the story of the world's greatest college weekend by John Schwarb.
Call number: GV1049.2.L57 S35 1999

Breaking Away (VHS, 1979). Call number: PN1997 .B7285 1985

Free Wheels 55 (DVD, video, poster)

History of the Little 500 (VHS, 2002) and archival 8mm film footage of the first Little 500 can be found at Office of University Archives and Records Management

Little 500 History

Little 500 Wiki Entry

Friday, February 08, 2008

New DVDs from India in the Kent Cooper Room

More than a hundred new films from India including new DVD releases of classics, Bollywood titles, and documentaries recently arrived in the library and are being cataloged for the Media Browsing collection. You can see a summary list of titles of the new arrivals as they become available at the “New Titles in IUB Libraries”

For example, if you select Hindi language and the video/slide format for January, 2008, you will see a list of 14 films, including Mira Nair’s Salaam Bombay.

Andrea Singer
Librarian for Foreign Government Information and India and Tibetan Studies