Meeting Faculty Demand Through Film Catalog Diversity

Sponsored by Kanopy
Recorded on 10/18/2023

Posted in Ebooks and Digital Resources

How can diversifying university film collections help meet faculty and classroom needs?


As each school year unfolds, the need for educational resources by university faculty and staff continues to evolve. Maintaining a contemporary curriculum and enriching lesson plans with a diverse range of captivating content is paramount. In some cases, faculty are in search of video or film titles that aren’t available to stream, or in unavailable formats. The need for “popular” film titles is growing. University librarians are often faced with the challenge of having to meet the needs of faculty in search of films outside of their catalog or in unavailable formats. One solution to this challenge: diversify the catalog.

Expanding your library’s streaming video collection enhances available resources, providing impactful titles for faculty to enrich classroom lessons. With a diverse catalog, university librarians are equipped to recommend alternative titles that meet the needs of faculty requests. A diverse catalog not only offers a wide selection, but also reflects societal demand for representation across racial, philosophical, and gender lines, giving students a broader perspective.

Enter Kanopy, an on-demand streaming video platform offering a plethora of films meticulously curated for an array of subjects such as race & class studies, gender studies, global studies, and an assortment of other vital disciplines. Join us in this webinar, where we sit down with Kanopy’s Wendy Chamberlain, Senior Manager of Content Programming, to discuss the value and necessity of diversifying your university’s film collection.


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    Wendy Chamberlain

    Senior Manager of Content ProgrammingKanopy

    Wendy Chamberlain is the Senior Manager of Content Programming at Kanopy, a streaming video service that partners with academic libraries and institutions to provide curricular streaming videos like documentaries, foreign films, and classic cinema to faculty and students. She has a B.A. in Film Studies from the Ohio State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in library and information science. Prior to Kanopy, as co-founder and manager of what was once the largest video rental store in New York City, Wendy built and curated an extensive collection of DVDs to meet the viewing needs of her diverse Brooklyn community.

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