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SUNY Erie Library Resource Center

Continuity of Library Research & Instruction

Library Resources and services available at SUNY Erie in preparation of increased distance learning Spring/Fall 2020

Options that can help you right now

Increased Streaming Options (Limited Time)

The Library has increased our offerings during this campus disruption thanks to the dedication of our vendor partners! Many of these opportunities are for a limited time. Please read the following carefully.

Films on Demand

Films on Demand: A web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view streaming videos from Films Media Group anytime, anywhere, 24/7! Choose from more than 32,000 educational titles in dozens of subject areas. Special features allow users the ability to organize and bookmark clips, share playlists, personalize folders, and embed in Blackboard.


Kanopy: As you are likely aware, the library recently required Kanopy titles to be requested and vetted before becoming available for viewing. We have now temporarily returned to full and open access to the Kanopy database, with the exception of Movies and Short Films which still require approval. However, we encourage you to work to first explore if there is a video from Films on Demand or one of the temporary streaming video databases that fits your curriculum needs as the library pays for Kanopy based on usage.

Kanopy is also offering some no-cost options for the next 30 days (March 13 - April 12) from content partners like First Run Features, Samuel Goldwyn, Collective Eye Films, FilmRise, Films We Like, Media Ed Foundation, NYX and others. See their Free Film Guide.

Starting Monday, March 16th, all of Kanopy’s Great Courses content will be available as well for 4 weeks.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning: Formerly, LinkedIn Learning is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Access provided by SUNY Erie Information Technology Services

SAGE Video

SAGE Video: Streaming video collections are developed in partnership with leading academics, societies, and practitioners, including many of SAGE’s own authors and academic partners, to deliver cutting-edge pedagogical and research-oriented video within the social sciences. Complimentary COVID-19 trial access. Expires 6/24/2020.

JoVE Science Education

JoVE Science Education: JoVE Science Education is a revolutionary video library dedicated to teaching scientific fundamentals through simple easy-to-understand video demonstrations.Complimentary COVID-19 trial access. Expires 6/15/2020.

Academic Video Online (AVON)

Academic Video Online (AVON): The most comprehensive video database covering more than 67,000 titles on anthropology, business, counseling, film health, history, music, and more curated for the educational experience of all types of library patrons. Complimentary COVID-19 trial access. Expires 6/26/2020.



Do NOT use videos from sites without proper captioning. Auto-generated captioning causes a host of barriers and faculty are responsible to check any content that is auto-generated. 

What about Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Criterion Channel, etc.?

Please use care when selecting items from vendors such as those above.

  • If students leave the country and go home, they may not be able to access the titles because of licensing restrictions.
  • These are not free services and our students are not expecting to incur additional costs
  • Accessibility might take a hit in that we don’t work directly with these vendors to ensure proper captioning, etc.
  • Trial periods are often very short (14 days is typical before costs begin to accrue). If you are determined to use such items and you are sure your students will have uninterrupted access, captioning, etc., we suggest you cluster all items together so that students can cancel the service if need be.

More Opportunities Coming?

Vendors are aware of the situation and are working with the community the best they can. If you have streaming needs, please contact the library with specific details of what you need and include dates, etc. 

Please be patient and give us time to make arrangements for you and your students.