College Professors are the New YouTube Stars

According to a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article, professors’ lectures are gaining popularity on YouTube as more colleges are signing agreements with the site to set up official “channels.”

The article also notes other video-sharing web sites such as Big Think which opened this week and FORAtv. These web sites provides short video clip interviews with academics, authors, politicians, etc.

Video Gaming at Northern Virginia Community College

A recent newscast from the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Northern Virginia Community College has opened a video gaming room for students.  Watch the newscast and review the comments on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s site.  What are your thoughts on offering this service to students?

Spotlight on the American Presidency

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Encyclopaedia Britannica featured spotlight this month is the American Presidency.  Explore information on former presidents, the electoral process, election results, political parties, and 2008 presidential candidates.  Includes audio and video clips, images, and primary documents such as inaugural addresses.

Find Videos and Pictures for Class

Are you wasting your time trying to find videos, audio clips, or pictures for a class lesson, assignment, or presentation?  Look no further!  The library has developed an online Multimedia Resources guide containing a wealth of links to video clips, audio clips, and pictures on the Internet.  To access the guide from the library’s home page, click on Subject Guides, then Multimedia Resources.   Here is just a sampling of resources available from the guide:

  • American Rhetoric
    Includes audio clips of American speeches, sermons, lectures, and interviews.
  • Annenberg Media – Video on Demand
    Includes a wide range of instructional video programs in a variety of disciplines.
  • FreeFoto.com
    Large collection of free photos available for non-commercial use on the Internet.
  • Internet Moving Images Archive
    Contains thousands of videos which range from classic full-length movies, to daily news alternative broadcasts, to user-uploaded videos of every genre.
  • NYPL Digital Gallery
    Access to over 520,000 images from the New York Public Library.  Includes manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books and more.
  • Vincent Voice Library
    A collection of speeches, performances, lectures, interviews, and broadcasts from over 50,000 people and recorded over the last 100 years.

Before downloading or using any media, check for any copyright and usage restrictions.  For more information on this guide or assistance in locating multimedia resources, please contact the Reference Desk.