Streaming Audio and Video

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Digital Collections provides streamed audio and video services for University courses and special programs for faculty, graduate students and staff.  For help getting started, see our help pages or call us at the contact number listed below.   

Questions?  Contact digitalcollections@northwestern.edu or (847) 467-1080. Streaming Media FAQ

Request via Course Management System/Blackboard:  Course Reserves under Library Resources (see help).

Delivery: All streaming audio and video is delivered through the Course Reserves tool (see help). Students will access the Course Reserves tool under LIbrary Resources in their course site (see help). We are no longer placing links in your Course Documents > Video/Audio folders.



Turnaround times

  • Video Streaming:  One week per title. If multiple titles are requested at a time, please allow an additional week for each additional title. 
  • Music/Audio Streaming:  1-25 tracks per week.  

Please note: requests should be submitted at least one week in advance and according turnaround times listed below.  If you plan to submit more than 10 titles in a quarter, that list should be given to Digital Collections as soon as possible and before the quarter begins. The beginning of every quarter is always the busiest time as we serve the entire university, Medical and Law schools included. 

Materials to stream

CDs, LPs, audio cassettes, VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, DV tape (mini or DVCam) or laserdisc.


 

Warning concerning copyright restrictions

The Northwestern University Library respects the intellectual property rights of others. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish reproductions of copyrighted material. One of these specified conditions is that the reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. Requests for services are evaluated on this basis, and additional information about the use may be requested in order to determine whether one of the exemptions (typically those described in sections 107 or 108 of the copyright law) will authorize fulfilling it.