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Instructional Media Center: Video Streaming for Classroom Use


In an effort to provide faculty and students with as many options to view educational videos as part of their course content, the Instructional Media Center (IMC) has recently subscribed to Films on Demand (FOD), a streaming video collection of over 20,000 high-quality educational videos covering a wide range of topics organized into broad subjects. The LIU Post Library also offers students and faculty access to Kanopy, another on-demand streaming video service that provides students and faculty access to important film content, covering a wide range of academic subjects. LIU Post faculty and students have 24/7 access to both Kanopy and Films on Demand (FOD). Users can Search, Browse, View Full screen, Access Closed Captioning, Organize, Create Playlists and clips, and Share and Embed videos on Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard.

Viewing and Purchasing Titles

Please note that FOD and Kanopy titles are mostly available through the PDA model. A PDA "Patron-Driven Acquistion" model looks at the number of views a video title receives over a period of time. Based on a pre-established minimum number of views for a title (in our case 3 views of 30 sec. or more) the library is invoiced for either a one-year or three-year lease. In simplest terms, the library is paying for those titles that are viewed more than three times by LIU users.

Since the library has limited funds, but wishes to offer the very best to LIU users, please be judicious in your selection.

IMC DVD Collection

The Instructional Media Center continues to maintain a dvd collection of over 1,200 titles. We welcome faculty requests for dvd titles as well as streaming titles that are not available on the Kanopy or FOD databases. Requests should be directed to Maria Zarycky, IMC librarian at


Films on Demand

Films on Demand (FOD) is accessible to all LIU Post faculty and administrators. The database includes the Master Academic Collection, consisting of 25,208 documentary, educational and independent film titles. This video database has more than 700 distinct areas of study within more than 25 core subject areas designed to mirror the academic curriculum. Producers include: PBS, National Geographic, California Newsreel, Annenberg Lerner, TED, and others.

How to Access Films on Demand

Films on Demand can be accessed from the LIU Post campus or remotely from home. Please see the Help section of the database for information on using some of its features.




To search for a title, click on the link to the video streaming service of your choice.


Kanopy is available to all LIU faculty, administrators and students.

Kanopy offers a broad selection of over 26,000 documentaries, feature films, and training videos covering a variety of academic disciplines.

Kanopy offers one of the most unique collections of films in the world -- including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases -- on every topic imaginable. The collection includes a number of leading producers such as: Criterion Collection, New Day Films, The Great Courses, First Run Features, BBC, and many more.

How to Access Kanopy

Kanopy can be accessed via this link from the LIU Post campus or remotely from home.

To access from the library homepage, click on Databases A-Z. In the alphabetic index list, search under K for Kanopy.