In July the Trinity Library switched from an instant access model to a mediated access model for the Kanopy Film Streaming Library. While the immediate access to films in Kanopy was very appealing, rapid increases in use and associated costs made the service financially unsustainable for the library. Trinity is not alone in this: other institutions who are going to a mediated or very restricted access include Stanford, the University of Michigan and many others.
Kanopy’s pay-when-viewed model charges the library an annual licensing fee when a certain percentage of the film has been viewed or the film has been viewed three times. The mediated access model gives viewers the option to request access to films that that library has not purchased a streaming license for in the last twelve months. These requests are sent to the librarians for evaluation, who will look for the most cost-effective way to provide the film. In most cases when a request is made during normal business hours it will be processed within 24 hours.
Because of costs the library will only authorize use of Kanopy films for academic use. For any other film requests we will do our best to direct the interested user to an alternate viewing method. We encourage you to browse the media collections of the Trinity, Wesleyan, and Connecticut College libraries.
What does this mean for you?
- Faculty must contact the library ahead of time if they wish to screen a film in class or assign a film for class viewing. We’ll try activate titles quickly, but we’ll need a minimum one business day lead time.
- For any film content, please just tell us the title and version, director, etc. of the film. We’ll figure out the best platform to deliver the content in a way that minimizes costs.
- Once a film is licensed through Kanopy it will be discoverable in OneSearch. Search for the title and follow the links in the record to view the streaming content.
If you have any questions about these changes please contact Kim Rinaldo (email@example.com) or Katie Bauer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Need a quiet study space?
In general, the higher you go up in levels within the library, the quieter the space becomes.
- Level 3 is designated Silent Space
- Level 2 is designated Quiet Space
- Level 1, A and B are Social Spaces
- Level C also tends to be a quiet space, although seating on this level is limited.
You can, however also book a Group Study Space located on levels 3, 2 and 1 within the library.
The Library provides a variety of spaces and tools to facilitate research and learning in the Library. Group study rooms may be reserved by Trinity College students for groups of two or more for group study or other curricular activities. Time slots are 1 hour long but one can select up to 2 time slots per day, for a maximum of 2 hours.
Reservations require a valid @trincoll.edu email, and room access requires a current Trinity ID.
Unreserved rooms that are empty after the start of a time slot are available on a first-come basis until the next scheduled time period. Otherwise room use requires reservations through the web form, linked below.
The Library is pleased to announce a purchase (in progress) of the following e-book collections:
Palgrave e-book archive (pre-2005).
Palgrave e-books 2005-2015
Springer e-book archive (pre-1997, English)
Palgrave publishes in the social sciences and humanities, whereas Springer focuses on math and sciences. As with our current Palgrave and Springer holdings, these collections are DRM-free and are a one-time purchase with no ongoing payments.
Did you know? As a Trinity faculty member, staff member, or student, you may buy a print copy of Palgrave/Springer e-books on demand for only $24.99 each. Look for the My Copy icon on the e-book table of contents page.
College students today face high costs in more than just tuition–increases in textbook prices have far exceeded the rate of inflation. This puts an unnecessary burden on students, and Trinity is looking for ways to ease that burden. You can learn more about the issue in this Tripod article, contributed by Matthew Boyle ’19. The Dean of Faculty and Information Services are sponsoring a pilot project for faculty to investigate available open resource textbooks which would be free or very low cost for students to use. With funding from the Dean’s Office, seven faculty have applied for and been given OER grants:
Harry Blaise, Engineering
Clayton Byers, Engineering
Stefanie Chambers, Political Science
Carol Clark, Economics
Jack Dougherty, Educational Studies
Troy Helming, Economics
Todd Ryan, Philosophy
We thank the Dean and these faculty for their support of this program, and we hope it will only be the start of more programs like it at Trinity in the future.
The CTW Library Consortium (Connecticut College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University) recently joined RapidILL, an interlibrary loan network of libraries committed to sharing resources and fulfilling requests more quickly.
RapidILL was founded in the late 1990s by Colorado State University Libraries and now includes libraries from around the world. The majority of members are in the United States and Canada, but others are in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
At Trinity, Library interlibrary loan specialist Marcelino Velez has worked on learning the new system and getting us started in the program. The integration process began in late Fall 2018 and was completed in January 2019. The first requests trickled in before spring semester began but the libraries are now at full speed, handling both lending and borrowing requests for articles and book chapters on a daily basis. The libraries plan to add full book requests to the Rapid setup this coming summer.
The primary benefits of RapidILL are being part of a very large and diverse sharing network whose members are committed to fulfilling lending requests within 24 hours. This quicker turnaround is possible because requests are sent to libraries that own the item electronically first. This means many requests are fulfilled automatically without staff intervention. So despite a higher volume of requests coming into the CTW libraries, the staff time needed to handle these requests should stay the same.
Best of all, it’s a win-win situation for faculty and students. Most of your requests for articles and book chapters should arrive faster and there’s nothing new to learn in terms of placing requests from non-CTW libraries. Rapid is completely integrated with our existing interlibrary loan software (ILLiad), and everything is handled completely behind the scenes. There is nothing new you need to do, but you should see an improvement in time to delivery of the requested material.
Merging the help desk and circulation desk operations has proven to be both challenging and rewarding, but we are finally getting into the groove of things and feeling like a single unit at the Information Services Desk! Many may know us as staffed by team members whose previous expertise was limited to either library circulation or help desk services, but that is changing as we continue to cross-train and hire new team members.
The newest employee to join our team is Catherine Simpson, who fills the role of Public Services Specialist here at the Information Services Desk. Catherine performs a variety of tasks, working collaboratively with staff and students, and providing excellent, friendly service. Together, our unit continues to strive for overall improvement of services, and we are constantly evaluating the ways in which we operate day-to-day. Our main goal is to assist Trinity community members in every way possible, and we aim to achieve this goal by offering excellent customer service, building a great team of students and staff, continuously learning and being the best we can be. Feel free to stop by our desk to say hello, meet our new team member, Catherine, or just to challenge us with any questions you may have!
Nearly 50 years of Resist, Inc. bi-monthly newsletters are now available in the Trinity College Digital Repository as text-searchable PDFs, soon to be joined by documents from Resist steering committee meetings. Part of a large archive recently donated by Resist, Inc. to Trinity College’s Watkinson Library, the newsletters provide a window into activities of the organization and into broader national and international resistance efforts as well.
Founded in Boston to support and promote resistance to the Vietnam War and draft, Resist authored “The Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority,” published 9/28/1967 in the New York Review of Books. Primary signers of this first “Call” included intellectuals and scholars such as Noam Chomsky, Dr. Benjamin Spock, William Sloane Coffin Jr., Dwight Macdonald, Allen Ginsberg, and Rev. Robert MacAfee Brown, and Trinity College’s Paul Lauter. The “Call” asked for universities, religious institutions, groups and individuals to “raise funds to organize draft resistance unions, to supply legal defense and bail, to support families and otherwise to aid resistance to the war in whatever ways seem appropriate” (“Call to Resist,” 1967). Monies received by Resist from monthly contributions and other sources were primarily channeled into grants for petitioning organizations, and much of the monthly steering committee meetings was dedicated to accepting or denying these numerous grant applications.
See the Paul Lauter ‘Sixties Archive in the Watkinson Library for related materials, and see also Trinity Tripod issues dated 1968-1970.
Thanks to support from the Trinity Student Government Association, the library has added these textbooks to the reserve collection:
- Calculus by Laura Taalman, 17th edition
- Starting Out with Java: Early Objects by Tony Gaddis, 6th edition
- Starting Out with Python by Tony Gaddis, 4th edition
- Economics- Principles, Problems, & Policies by Campbell McConnell, 20th edition
- Physical Chemistry by Thomas Engel, 3rd edition (coming soon)
These books, and others, are available for 3 hour check out from the Information Services Desk. The SGA, faculty, Dean’s Office and the Library all recognize that the cost of textbooks are a challenge for students, and are increasing support to make more texts available at reasonable prices. Several classes should happen in the fall with open education resources used as texts as well, further helping to mitigate costs. If you have ideas about other ways the library can help we’d like to hear from you!
Overview of video content offered by Trinity Library
Trinity Library offers a vast selection of films for teaching and learning. In addition to a rich DVD collection, the Library subscribes to several subscription packages of film content. These include:
- Kanopy – Over 2,000 educational and feature films from major producers including California Newsreel, Criterion Collection, Green Planet Films, Kino Lorber, and others.
- Films on Demand – Over 30,000 educational and documentary videos from Films Media Group and content producers such as news broadcasting networks , HBO, NOVA, BBC, National Geographic and more.
- Swank – A small but growing collection of feature films.
Any title from the above subscription packages can be conveniently provided to students in a course by embedding a direct link into a course Moodle page. Please see this post for tips. Additionally, the Library can provide streaming video access to DVDs via Moodle by faculty request. Visit this page for more information on Kaltura streaming video services.
Discovering content in OneSearch.
The most effective way to search in OneSearch is to begin with a title or keyword and then apply filters on the results screen.
The screen shot below shows the results of a keyword search for “marriage.” To find video content, select Trinity College under Institution, and use the additional filters on the left side in the following ways:
| To Find
||Apply the Filters
|Films in Kanopy, Films on Demand, or Swank
||Under Resource Type, click “Show more” and select Audio and Video (Streaming). Note this will also include audio.
||Under Resource Type, click “Show more” and select Video (DVD/VHS).
For additional assistance finding film content or using it in classes, please contact your instructional technologist or a research librarian.
Newly Combined Services The ITS Help Desk and the Library Circulation Desk are now located together on Level A forming the Information Services Desk. All ITS and Library support is now provided from this central location. Please note that all help desk requests should now be submitted at http://ishelp.trincoll.edu.
Reminder for Faculty: Please submit course viewing /reserve requests as soon as possible. All course reserve requests, including for streaming video, should be submitted through the IS ticketing system at ishelp.trincoll.edu. Course reserve guidelines are available here. This fall we will begin using Kaltura instead of Trinflix to deliver streaming video – please allow additional processing time for your request.