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Supporting Streaming Media at U of G

From CourseLink to the couch—we have what you want 

The past decade has experienced a major societal shift in the way people consume media. Now more than ever, we are relying on the Internet to learn, explore, and connect. This being the case, streaming media services have become the method of choice.  

Innovation and access have long been two of the library’s core values, and as such, adapting to and encouraging the use of streaming media on campus is a reflection of that. “Streaming media is an important support for the learning and intellectual growth that students experience during their time at university—serving as a catalyst for inquiry, discussion and debate, and opening oneself up to diverse viewpoints on the world,” said Helen Salmon, Collections & Content librarian. The library provides access to streaming media content including films and documentaries, as well as library developed resources on a number of subjects including topics such as mental health, specific U of G courses, and how to cite your sources

Meeting the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and increasing access to information is of great importance to the library. Streaming media enables all people at U of G to explore topics of interest and provides them with a variety of accessible content. "Accessible content is designed to be useable by the widest possible audience, including people with visual, hearing, cognitive, or physical disabilities," said Athol Gow, manager, Library Accessibility Services. In the case of streaming media, captions ensure that audio content is accessible to individuals with hearing impairments, while including a transcript ensures that information is accessible to individuals who are visually impaired or blind.  

These are some of the reasons why we support the use of streaming media in courses on campus, and how we seek out resources as a library—we want U of G students, staff, and faculty to have access to the kinds of materials they need, when they need them.   

For assistance with using streaming media in your classes, or to learn more, please contact us at library@uoguelph.ca, and we’d be more than happy to lead you in the right direction.  

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