Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Films on Demand

The Library now provides online access to over 6,000 videos and 60,000 video segments in streaming video. The Films on Demand database is listed on the Library's Find Articles & More page > Databases A-Z page and may be freely used by BU students, staff and faculty for educational purposes. For more information, consult this FAQ. For help in using the films, consult these online tutorials.

Films on Demand includes films from producers like Films for the Humanities & Sciences, BBC, ABC News, Bill Moyers, Cambridge Educational, Clio Awards, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Information Television Network, Macneil Lehrer Productions, and Open University. Some of the following titles will give you an idea of the breadth of subjects included, covering virtually all disciplines taught at BU:
  • The Age of Walmart
  • Alternative Power Sources and Renewable Energy
  • American Writers on Writing
  • Apollo 11: The First Moon Landing
  • Aspects of MS
  • Business Communication: Listening
  • The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns
  • Classical Greek Philosophers
  • Critical Guide to Shakespeare
  • Discovering Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet
  • Dying to Leave: The Dark Business of Human Trafficking
  • Einstein Made Relatively Easy
  • Essen und Fahren: German Food and Fun
  • The Genocide Factor
  • Globalization at a Crossroads
  • Miss Julie by Strindberg
  • Psychology Media Suite (120 video clips)
  • Stories of Women in Kabul
  • Technology and Deaf Culture
To view a short promotional film explaining the services and benefits of Films On Demand, click here.

As always if you have any questions, please contact the Reference Desk at 570.389.4204 or your librarian liaison for assistance.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Important new reserves policy

Effective immediately, the Library is discontinuing the service of article reserves in electronic format. We have been advised that in order to comply with copyright laws, the Library should discontinue this service and refer faculty instead to use BU's course management system, BOLT.

Thus, we will be returning to faculty all articles currently on reserve, in E-Reserve and paper format. If needed, we will be happy to assist you with scanning your articles to be placed into BOLT. In order for the Library to add articles to your BOLT account, you will need to add Miranda Bailey (Access Services Night Supervisor) as a user so she can add your articles. If you are not currently using BOLT and would like to do so, please contact Regina Bobak (X5319) or Julie Wolfe (X5375) to create an account. They can also assist you in adding Miranda as a user.

Also effective immediately, please note that after the end of the academic year, the Library will return all books on reserve. If you wish to place a book on reserve for the fall or spring semester you will need to fill out a new reserve sheet (available online at: and bring the book to the Library.

We hope to make this transition as smooth as possible and Access Services will assist you in any way we can. Please let Access Services know if we can be of any assistance. Thank you, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

To contact Miranda Bailey, please email her at

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What do you think?

The library's home page has undergone a reorganization. We hope this will make the page easier to navigate, so you can find the information you need more quickly. If you like it, please let us know using the got a suggestion link. If you don't like it, you can let us know that, too.