Media Services: Quiet Space For Crunch Time Study

Students studying in Media Services

You may have been to Media Services to watch a film for a class assignment or to check out one of the 18,000 movies in our extensive collection for leisure viewing. Or perhaps you have borrowed one of our DSLR cameras or electronic devices. Or maybe you’ve checked out one of our tabletop games or video games for use in the Paley Library Gaming Den.

However, lest you think Media Services is only concerned with fun and games, you should know that we have recently added soft seating and additional study carrels to our area. The lower level of Paley Library is a Quiet Zone, meaning that Media Services provides a peaceful haven for doing course-related work between classes or into the night!



The Gaming Den opens on Paley 3rd Floor

In response to faculty and student requests, Paley Library Media Services has recently acquired a collection of tabletop games (both board games and card games), video games, and game consoles for scholarship and leisure. Games and consoles are available for four-hour, in-library checkouts.


We are now proud to announce that the library has a dedicated space where patrons can use this gaming equipment. Paley 308, nicknamed “The Gaming Den”, contains flip-top tables, stackable chairs, and a wall mounted television for video game play. Its sound-dampening panels will allow boisterous gaming with minimal disruption to library patrons in adjoining areas. You can book The Gaming Den at:

Stop by the Media Services Desk on the ground floor of Paley to pick up the key or to request further assistance. Happy game playing!

For Faculty: How To Request Streaming Video

As Fall semester nears, Media Services starts to receive inquiries from a new crop of faculty who are interested in streaming films to students in their course. I’ve put together a resource to answer the most frequently asked questions on this topic.

How Do I…Stream Video To My Online Course

If you are a faculty member with film titles to request, please email Brian Boling with the course information and the list of titles to be considered as soon as your syllabus is finalized. The earlier you submit your list, the greater the chance that license negotiations and digitization will be completed prior to the projected screening date.

In the meantime, here is a streaming video for your viewing pleasure:

Learn about new DVDs as soon as they arrive

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It’s now easier than ever to keep up with the new DVDs added to the Paley Media Services collection.  Subscribe to the New Paley Media RSS feed by clicking here or by pasting the following link into your RSS feed reader:

See a title you’d like to check out? Email a hold request to and ask for the DVD to be held at the Media Services desk. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Request it here.

Media Services introduces browsing collection

DVD Browsing CollectionYou know the old saying about judging books by their covers, right?  That’s not so true of DVDs.  If you’re unsure what to watch for fun, seeing the cover will help you decide.

That’s why Paley library proudly announces the launch of its new DVD browsing collection, located along the wall to the right of the Media Services desk.  Flip through the photocopied covers of over 8000 feature films and TV shows.  Then, pull the ones you’d like to borrow and our helpful staff will retrieve the disc for you.  Stop by and check out a film today!

Home Movie Day 2012

Flier for Philadelphia 2012 home movie seriesIn preparation for the 10th Anniversary of Home Movie Day, Media Services will be playing Living Room Cinema: Films From Home Movie Day v.1 this afternoon starting at 1pm.  Drop by the Media Services desk to watch a home movie or two.  (Films will be muted as a consideration to those library users who are studying.)

Then, for the reel deal, you can attend the event occurring at Philly Community Access Media from 6-9pm on Saturday, October 20th.  If you happen to have any home movies stored away, this is your opportunity to view them; early drop-off of films is recommended.

Canon video cameras and Zoom digital recorders are here!

Camera and Audio recorderTemple students, faculty and staff may now borrow video cameras and digital audio recorders from Paley Library’s Media Services for up to a week–regardless of departmental affiliation.  This service will allow students from disciplines not traditionally associated with digital production to create multimedia projects for class assignments or to express their creativity.

The Canon EOS Rebel T3i video camera, which doubles as a still camera, circulates with all the necessary accessories, such as SD card, cables and software for importing files into a computer, and an extra battery for prolonged shoots.  The Zoom H2 digital audio recorder sets include, among other things, an SD card, two types of wind screen, a desktop stand and a microphone adapter.  Both devices combine professional quality output with easy-to-use controls, making them the perfect tools for novices exploring media production.

Stop by Media Services on Paley’s ground floor for more information.  We’d love to put a camera in your hands and see what you create!

Films on Demand titles now in library catalog

While our entire DVD collection is search-able in the library’s online catalog,, many online resources, including streaming media titles in our online media collections are not readily available in the catalog without some additional effort.  The good news is that one of our largest streaming media subscriptions, Films on Demand, has now provided us with records for our catalog.  This means that you will see titles from the Films Media Group’s extensive catalog of documentary and instructional titles in the results when doing library catalog searches for topical keywords, directors, etc.  Click here to see a list of the Films Media Group streaming titles in our catalog.  And of course you can, as always, see them in the Films on Demand interface as well.

Newly added to Ethnographic Video Online

“Ethnographic Video Online provides …more than 750 hours and 1,000 films. The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more.

Film still captioned: Grandmother Muluk being asked 'Do Iranians look down on someone who's not married?'

Image: still from Love Iranian-American Style, Ethnographer Tanaz Eshaghian
The most recent additions to this streaming video collection include:

*They Call Him “Ah Kung”;    Frank Tsai, Richard Yao-Chi Chen – Taiwanese
*Swiss Graffiti; Jacqueline Veuve – Swiss
*The Shoemaker; Jerome    Mintz – Spanish
*Death Row; Diane Christian, Bruce Jackson – American
*Tough, Pretty or Smart; Dillon Bustin, Richard Kane – American
*Man Without Pigs; Chris Owen – Papua New Guinean
*Mountain Women; Aline Luque – French
*Harikare: The Spirit’s Host; Virginia Valadão – Enawene Nawe
*Passing Through My Mother-In-Law’s Village; Tai-Li Hu – Taiwanese
*Our Territory (Our Lands); Vincent Carelli – American Indian
*A Right to Belong; David Feingold – Akha; Thai
*The Art of Documentary Filmmaking: A day with Aye Nan Lin; Lindsey Merrison – Burmese
*Love Iranian-American Style; Tanaz Eshaghian – Iranian
*The ‘M’ Way: Time + People = Money; Carol Upodhya, Gautam Sonti – Indian
*Standing Silent Nation; Courtney Hermann, Suree Towfighnia – Lakota; Oglala
*Dollars and Dreams: West Africans in New York; Jeremy Rocklin – West African
*Those With Voice (Los Con Voz); Jeff Arak – American Indian; Mexican
*Dancing with Miklos; Robert Gardner – Hungarian

Check it out to learn more about it!