Providing access to copyrighted video in a blended/remote learning environment comes with challenges for both faculty and libraries.
When the library receives a request from a faculty member regarding a video they plan to use in class, there are two factors we must consider:
1. Can the library legally provide access to the video?
If the answer to (1) is Yes,
2. Can the library afford to pay for access to the video?
What the library can’t do:
It is possible to play a DVD on your computer and show it remotely in real time to your students. The library and IT have created documentation and are available to consult with faculty who are planning to pursue this option.
Rentals: Some streaming films are available for short-term rental at a cost less than that of an annual license. Rental fees cannot be paid using the library budget, but departmental funds may be available.
Far from ideal, but last-ditch: If you will be requiring students to view a large number of films that are only available via consumer streaming services, you might consider a subscription to these services as a course expectation akin to purchasing a textbook. Barriers would exist for some students (cost; lack of a credit card).