Category Archives: streaming

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

ribbonOctober is breast cancer month, and we are surrounded by reminders in the pink ribbons that are all around us. From the products in the stores, to football players in pink we are surrounded by pink ribbons, but do they do any good? They may make us feel like we are doing something, but is the ubiquity of the Pink Ribbon campaign simply “pink washing”?

The producers describe their documentary:

The documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. raises important issues on this very public campaign, and on the private suffering that has been spun into a marketing empire.

But who is really benefiting? After all, more and more women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Maybe it’s the companies who wrap their products in pink to gain our admiration (and money)… and wouldn’t it be something if some of the very companies that profit from their pink marketing campaigns have actually contributed to the breast cancer epidemic by selling known carcinogens?

Pink Ribbons, Inc. goes inside the story to reveal those who have co-opted what marketing experts have labeled a “dream cause.”

“Critic’s pick! Uncannily prescient and enduringly timely.” – The Washington Post

“Debunks the ‘comfortable lies’ and corporate doublespeak that permeate the breast cancer movement/industry.” – Variety

“Revelatory. Deserves to be seen.” – The New York Times

“This could be the most important documentary of the year. Forget that: of the decade.” – Trust Movies

” Powerful… Enlightening.” – Time Out New York

“Shocking and enraging…yet very entertaining.” – San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Provocative. Argues persuasively that much of what we’re currently doing to fight breast cancer is feel-good nonsense or worse.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A stinging indictment and trenchant critique of breast cancer ‘culture’.” – Los Angeles Times

Written by Heather Perry, Reference Librarian

Streaming Videos on Swank

thebreakfastclubLooking for a movie to watch online? Try Swank, our new database of films chosen by our professors and  available for everyone. Swank streaming video enables students to watch films without having to go to the library and get the DVD on reserve. The titles are all available in the catalog, or you can browse them from the Swank Platform. New titles will be added as professors select them.

Available films include recent releases such as Her and the Imitation Game, as well as other studio releases including Django Unchained, The Social NetworkThe Matrix, and classic favorites including The Breakfast Club.

Titles can be viewed on campus as well as off by authenticating to the campus network using your library account. Please note that Swank does not work with the Chrome browser. We recommend using Firefox to access Swank titles.

These films are available for individual viewing and in-class use.  Due to studio restrictions, we are unable to obtain public performance rights for Swank films, so they cannot be shown in group settings.

JoVE Developmental Biology Videos

JoVEThe Library currently has access to a trial of a new collection in JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments.   JoVE is a collection of online videos in the sciences; our current trial is for videos in JoVE’s Developmental Biology collection, and it provides an introduction to experiments in this field. Researchers in this discipline endeavor to understand the developmental processes that occur in organisms at every stage – starting from the single-celled embryo to the aging adult. Based on current science, this collection is divided into five sub-categories: developmental genetics, molecular developmental biology, stem cell biology, organogenesis, and aging and regeneration. The videos provide a brief history of developmental biology research and discuss the common lab techniques used to answer key questions asked by experts in this field. Try out the Developmental Biology collection today.

From introductory topics like developmental genetics, molecular biology, stem cell biology and organogenesis to more advanced techniques including induced pluripotency, transplantation and tissue regeneration, the JoVE Developmental Biology collection is a great place to prepare for lab, review concepts explored in class, and review for exams.

If you like the collection, we would love your feedback.  Please email Heather Perry with any thoughts you have.

Kanopy Film Festival


kanopyfileKanopy is pleased to announce the launch of the Kanopy Virtual Film Festival – a free online film festival open to all libraries and their campuses to celebrate the Charleston Conference. The Festival showcases over 120 new and award-winning films selected from 16 leading producers.


Kanopy’s Virtual Film Festival will run from Nov 5 to Nov 21. During the festival, you will be able to watch all films, and post and share your reviews. Featured producers include: Criterion Collection, First Run Features, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation, PBS, Video Data Bank, DEFA, California Newsreel, Green Planet Films, National Film Board of Canada, Ideas Roadshow, and more.


New release and best-selling films includeUnder Our Skin, Pornland, Tough Guise 2, Google & the World Brain, A Hard Day’s Night, Just Gender, The Great Dictator, Sand Wars, Strike, American Experience: JFK, The Actress and Getting Back to Abnormal among over 120 other feature films.


To start watching, click here  Tear back the curtain, and discover some wonderful films! You can also watch from off campus; visit our Off Campus access page for more information on using this and other subscription resources when you are off campus or not using HillSpot. And if you’re interested in other streaming media offerings from the Library, visit our Streaming Media Libguide.



Streaming Media & eBooks in eLearn

The Library has a significant number of electronic resources available for use in your courses. This includes our ebook collection through ebrary, as well as streaming videos available through resources such as Kanopy, Films Media Group, JoVE, Naxos, and others. Read more here about the streaming video and music collections available through the Library. Our electronic resources are included in HillSearch; once you have conducted a search for your desired topic, you can use the links on the left-hand side of the page (pictured below) to limit your search by “Format,” and select “online video” or “ebooks.” In your search results, you will also see links to access any electronic items directly from your results list (pictured below).




In addition to accessing these items through HillSearch, Faculty can provide links to ebooks and streaming videos within their eLearn course sites. If you are interested in linking to Library electronic resources, please read our instructions below.


Linking to ebooks and streaming videos in eLearn

For many videos available through popular websites such as YouTube, you can directly embed videos into your eLearn course sites. However, for streaming videos and ebooks available as subscription resources through the Library, Faculty will need to link to the HillSearch record. Linking to the HillSearch record provides access to the item for students on-campus, and directs students from off-campus to the appropriate authentication page.


In the record for the streaming video or ebook you have selected, you will see the following:




The persistent link for each record is located below the basic bibliographic information for the item. This is the link you should always use, both in eLearn and when sending information about the title to students.


The Library’s rich collection of electronic books and videos is available for students and faculty both on- and off-campus. For more information on accessing Library materials from off-campus, please visit our Off Campus Access page.


If you have any questions about our streaming video resources, or about incorporating streaming media and ebooks into your eLearn sites, please contact Heather Perry, 508-565-1538.

Introducing Kanopy Streaming

Welcome to one of the most diverse and unique selections of educational streaming video content! Our newest streaming resource, Kanopy, is available both on and off-campus.Students and faculty can browse the thousands of films, create clips and playlists, and link to them from your courses’ eLearn pages.


Many of the documentaries included in Kanopy are award-winning films. The content is educational, and ranges from the very broad to the highly specialized; the collection contains about 6,000 videos.

Kanopy also provides the Stonehill Community with access to specialized films we typically would not have in our DVD collection, such as the recently viewed Etruscan Tombs of Volterra.

Watching the films is much more convenient than watching a DVD: films can be watched on almost any device, from both on and off-campus. For faculty, this means you can easily assign a video by linking to it from your class eLearn site (read more about linking to Stonehill College streaming content here[link to other blog post]); research shows that it is easier to ensure that all students watch video content for class when it is available in streaming format. For students, this means you don’t have to leave your dorm room or favorite study spot to watch video content for class!

To-date, the “top titles” viewed by the Stonehill Community include:

Codes of Gender (Abridged Version)
Google and the World Brain
Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood & American Culture
Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women
Ethnic Notions
Stuart Hall: Representation & the Media
The Price of Pleasure (Edited Version)
Race, Power and American Sports
Jessica Valenti’s The Purity Myth
White Like Me: Race, Racism & White Privilege in America

These titles, and thousands of others, are available through both the Kanopy platform, and by searching in HillSearch. Any time you conduct a keyword search in Hillsearch, you will receive links to any available Kanopy videos in your search results. Simply click on “Access Online Video.”

Please note when viewing videos through Kanopy, the streaming content may take a moment to load; we also recommend using Firefox or Chrome, rather than Internet Explorer, as your browser. If you have any questions about Kanopy, or other streaming media services offered through the Library, please contact Heather Perry, 508-565-1538.

12 Years a Slave

Twelve Years as a Slave

Twelve Years as a Slave

You have heard the glowing reviews and the Oscar buzz for the Brad Pitt produced film 12 Years a Slave. This brilliant film will leave you wanting to know more. Luckily for you the library has the resources you are craving. So if you have seen the movie 12 Years a Slave, or are looking forward to seeing it, the library has some great items for you.

The library has the book upon which the film was based Twelve Years a Slave : narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and rescued in 1853  by Solomon Northrup is available in our electronic books collection.  It tells the story of Solomon Northup a free black man living a successful life as a musician and skilled carpenter before he was kidnapped and sold into slavery.


Director Steve McQueen found the book so compelling it became his passion to make the story into a film.  To hear Steve McQueen talk about making this movie, listen to his interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.  If you are interested in seeing another version of this compelling story , we have Solomon Northup’s Odyssey  done by PBS in 1984 is available in our streaming film collection.

If you are interested in reading additional narratives from former slaves, try The Long Walk to Freedom a collection of 12 runaway slave narratives. The library also has a collection of writings from over 1,000 African-Americans from  the founding of the republic to 9/11 in the Alexander Street database Black Thought and Culture  over 1,300 fiction and non-fiction documents provide insight into many historical events.

Written by Heather Perry, Reference, Resource Sharing and Streaming Media Librarian

Featured Video: Google and the World Brain

Google and the World Brain

Google and the World Brain

In 1937, science fiction writer H.G. Wells laid out his vision of the World Brain. He envisioned a moment in which “any student, in any part of the world, [would] be able to sit with his projector in his own study at his or her convenience to examine any book, any document, in an exact replica.” Now Google is helping to make Wells’s vision a reality.

The Media Education Foundation’s new film Google and the World Brain explores Google’s digitation project. Produced by the BBC and exhibited at Sundance, this film looks at Google’s intentions and the potential social ramifications of the project. Google wants to scan every book in the world and, according to the company, they are building a library for all mankind.

As many of you probably have experienced first-hand, Google books has tremendous utility and gives people access to materials they would never have been able to access before; however, this film urges us to ask: Are there other motives? Does the project have a more sinister side? There are some who think so, including the authors from around the world who brought Google to court in 2011for scanning copyrighted material. This film seeks describes itself as “The story of Google’s most ambitious project ever and the people who are trying to stop it.”  Watch this compelling film, and decide for yourself.

You can visit our Streaming Media LibGuide to learn how to access the various collections of online videos and music the Library has available. If you are a faculty member interested in using online videos or music in your classes, you can read more here.

A Review of David Tennant’s Hamlet




David Tennant’s Crazy Good Hamlet

Do you like ghost stories? Suspense thrillers? Murders and vengeance? Or how about just the hilarious, mad antics of one of Britain’s well-known actors, David Tennant? Yes, fans of BBC’s Doctor Who, David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) plays the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s modern film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. With simple sets, eerie music and effects, and uncomplicated costumes, the RSC’s Hamlet proves the old adage true, “less is more.” Tennant especially shines as an erratic and haunted Hamlet. His performance is impossible to look away from; you cannot help but root for such a desperate lunatic who bashes video cameras, forces his friends to play recorder, and rarely wears shoes. And the rest of the cast isn’t outshined by the charismatic Tennant, but matches him, line for line, in passion and drive. Patrick Stewart (X-Men and Star Trek fans, rejoice!), who portrays not only the ghost of Hamlet’s father, but Claudius as well, especially stands out in both his roles. Fans of the play, new and old, will experience Hamlet as it’s never quite been presented before when viewing the RSC’s 2009 film. And for those who dread the Bard, this production may well convert you and have you spewing Shakespeare quotations before the end of the first act.


This video is currently being used in Professor Kristen Bennett’s ENG 100, Cornerstone class “Literary Evolutions” and in her ENG 353 class, “Shakespeare.” Her students are watching this film, and you can as well using our new streaming collections. Search HillSearch for the title you want and select “Online Video” as the Format on the left to limit to streaming video. You can find Hamlet here.

Introducing Streaming Media

Food Inc

Food Inc

Are you a faculty member thinking about showing a film in your class? Do you have a lab coming up, and want students to be able to see how to perform a particular technique ahead of time? Are you a student who needs to watch something for your classes?

The Library has good news: many of these items will now be available to you online, without having to come to the Reserves desk! In order to increase student engagement and provide expanded access to curricular content, the Stonehill Library has introduced a new streaming media service. This service expands the course content available to faculty and students in an online format. Faculty are able to assign videos for viewing outside of class, and rather than watching them in the library on DVD, students will be able to watch them anywhere on their computers and other devices.

The library has subscribed to a number of databases that offer campus-wide streaming video content. Information about all the content available can be found at the library’s streaming page. To find many of the titles we have purchased you can search the HillSearch catalog for what you desire. If you want to limit your search to streaming video you can select the Online Video format in the facets on the left-hand side of the HillSearch search results page. In addition to the items we have in the catalog, we have also subscribed to the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) which has a variety of science experiments in video format. We have access to the chemistry, neuroscience, science education and general collections. The JoVE collection can be searched at the JoVE page. We will continue to add to the collection throughout the year in response to community needs. For instance, a collection of streaming music will be available soon. If you have any questions, suggestions or difficulties please contact Heather Perry. We welcome your feedback.