The Digital Audio/Video Reserve System (DA/VRS) provides you, and your students, 24/7 access to streaming audio and video content. Leveraging the collections of the Benjamin F. Ward Music Library we can provide digital access to compact discs, long play record albums, DVD, Blu-ray discs, and VHS tapes.
Any faculty member may use the system. Library staff will work with you to customize your materials.
You may stream materials an entire semester at a time, or any portion thereof. We ask that you make your requests at least two weeks in advance. Many elements contribute to the amount of time it takes to process a reserve request: the amount of material requested, whether your materials are already in the DA/VRS database, the amount of material to be digitized from analog sources (LP’s and VHS tapes, for example, must be digitized in real-time) and Library staff workload. You may certainly turn in a request with less lead-time, but be aware that during peak times (such as the beginning of a semester) requests will be handled in the order they are received. In general, early notice is always better!
The basic procedure for using the DA/VRS is as follows:
- Faculty member decides what materials they’d like to stream
- Faculty member sends list of materials to Christia Thomason
- Library staff prepares materials for streaming
- Library staff assembles a web page for the class and Christia Thomason creates a Digital Reserves module on the appropriate Canvas page
The Library catalog is accessible from the Library home page. If you don’t see something you’d like to use, ask anyway—we may already have what you need and we’ll certainly try to get it for you if we don’t hold it (another good reason to get your list in early). As a last resort we can also stream your personal items if the Library cannot procure the materials you’d like to use in time for the semester.
You can request material in two ways:
- E-mailing a copy of your syllabus to Christia Thomason
- Sending a list of titles and/or call numbers to Christia Thomason
Once your request has been submitted just leave the rest to us. Once your materials are ready a module called “Digital Reserves” will be added to the Canvas page for your course.
Questions? Contact Christia Thomason (firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-1392)