Academic Video Online: Premium Pilot Project
George Mason University Libraries is pilot testing Alexander Street Press’ complete streaming collection Academic Video Online: Premium.
The pilot provides access to the list of databases below.
Mason Libraries Visits C-SPAN, 11.21.2013
George Mason University librarians attended the National Communication Association (NCA) Pre-Conference event, “The C-SPAN Archives: An Interdisciplinary Resource for Discover, Learning, and Engagement,” on November 21, 2013. A group of approximately twenty scholars, educators, and C-SPAN staff met to share presentations and ideas for a proposed edited collection of essays.
This event marks yet another way that C-SPAN provides access to its resources. Most recently, C-SPAN gifted its organizational records and historical archives to George Mason University Libraries. This follows upon C-SPAN’s 2011 donation to the University Libraries of the Brian Lamb Booknotes Collection. Finally, C-SPAN makes its productions available online through the C-SPAN Video Library over 200,000 hours of footage. (Tips on using the C-SPAN Video Library are in the post below.)
Below is a summary of some of the day’s events:
C-SPAN Video Library Tips
Below are a couple of tips to help you search the C-SPAN Video Library:
C-SPAN produces 8000 first run hours per year, and shoots all of its own footage. This programming includes:
- 2000 hours of House & Senate coverage
- 1000 hours of call-in programming
- Committee hearings, rallies, etc.
Captions and Transcripts
Full Transcripts: 2005-present, with some exceptions.
The White House provides transcripts for the President’s speeches.
What does “Make my Account private” mean?
If your account is private, your username and clips are visible in the program you created them in.
Anonymous clips are visible under the program.
If I’m public, you can see all my clips.
Searching and Browsing
Freetext search searches uncorrected closed captioning text.
“Filter by tag”: These are broad policy tags. Click the tags for narrower facets.
Facets are programs/people/text.
Bio pages exist for about 76,000 people, for example, Nelson Mandela.
Embeddable video: It’s usually a public person, place, policy. Not BookTV or American History.
Make your clip at :01 or later. The clip cutter doesn’t like starting at :00
Once you make a clip, it is added to the database. See MyC-SPAN Login above.
If you would like to learn more about using the C-SPAN Video Library, contact us.
Mason’s New TV Studio
Arlington, Virginia has a new TV studio, and this one is at George Mason University’s Arlington campus.
Let’s say you’re a Mason professor being interviewed by a national news media outlet and you need a place to do it. Now you can hop off the Virginia Square Metro, do your interview, and jump back on the Orange Line. Maybe you need a place to record the Youtube piece you want to share with your students, and your office walls are just a little too thin. This is another reason to book Arlington campus’ studio.
The studio opened with the opening of the new Founder’s Hall building in 2011. While there are two cameras in the studio, crews can bring their own, along with any other equipment they want.
The studio isn’t just for the Mason community: it’s available for booking by anyone. To find out more or book the studio, contact Arlington Campus’ Director of Events Management, Patrick E. Ledesma at firstname.lastname@example.org. Patrick can also arrange events and book the two large rooms shown below, so he’s a great resource in general for your Arlington event planning.
The DVDs are moving
The DVDs in the Johnson Center Library are moving upstairs to the second floor. They will be stored in the compact shelving with the other media.
Loan periods and other policies have not changed.
Reserves remain at the Circulation desk.
Please contact us with any questions.
New World Cinema is now live!
New World Cinema: Independent Features and Shorts, 1990-Present is a collection of online streaming films from Alexander Street Press. It includes approximately 200 full-length feature films from distributors such as Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, MK2, and the Global Films Initiative.