Physical copies as well as streaming videos may be put on reserve.
Physical copies include media that is owned by the Wong Audiovisual Center and by faculty and can be put on reserve by submitting a Media Reserve Request form.
Streaming videos are available through UH Library subscription or by submitting a Request to Stream on Laulima form. Restrictions apply; see below.
Although media belonging to other libraries will not be put on reserve in the Wong Audiovisual Center, we encourage you to include the titles on your Media Reserve List and we will purchase them as funds allow. Please allow a minimum of two months for media that needs to be purchased to be received in the Wong AV/C.
Media will be on reserve for the entire semester with a default loan period of 3 hours. Faculty and designated Graduate Assistants may borrow items on reserve for their course on an extended loan period.
Faculty who wish to borrow items on reserve for another faculty member may do so by getting written permission from them.
Before making a request for streaming video, please look over our extensive available streaming resource databases. Not all of the databases, unfortunately, are searchable via the library catalog.
The library fulfills reserves requests for streaming videos under the following circumstances:
1. Purchasing streaming educational licenses
2. Requesting streaming video (clips or full films) for distance or hybrid learning under the TEACH Act, with limits on length by duration of regular teaching session (details below)
3. Requesting streaming a full-length film or TV episode for film studies classes under fair use guidelines, if there is no commercial streaming version available for individuals or educational institutions (details below)
We reserve the right to refuse to digitize films that have the potential to violate the UH Mānoa Library policy and/or current copyright laws. Films copied off the air or from commercial media must be accompanied by written copyright approval.
When we receive your request form, we will search for a legal streaming copy of the film. If one is found, then we will purchase a streaming license for it, as funds allow. If you are already aware that a video is available via an educational streaming license, please let us know.
If there is a film in our collections that only exists in VHS or other obsolete form and has never been issued commercially in a digital form, it may be a candidate for digitization for preservation.
We will digitize and stream videos on Laulima under the following guidelines:
Regarding duration of a "regular teaching session," we interpret this requirement this way:
Please indicate on the request form the segment of the video needed for your clip.
If we do not own a copy of a film that you like to have in streaming format or is not available for streaming online, then we will purchase a DVD copy, as funds allow. Please allow a minimum of two months for media that needs to be purchased to be received in the Wong AV/C.
We will digitize and stream full-length movies or TV episodes on Laulima under the following guidelines:
These specifications meet three of the four factors of fair use:
1. The Purpose and Character of the Use: Teaching film is a transformative act, as discussing and analyzing the work in class creates new insights, expression, meaning, and understandings about the work. Further, the work is being studied in a non-profit educational context and only available to those in the course for the duration of the course.
2. Amount of the Work: While we will using the whole film, there is a strong pedagogical argument for showing the entirety of the work in a film studies context.
3. The Effect of the Use Upon the Potential Market: As we are only digitizing and streaming videos for which a streaming version cannot be viewed or acquired legally in the U.S., there will be no negative effect upon the market. If we were not streaming, the alternative would be to show the complete video via physical copy in a separate "lab" session, a common practice under the educational exemption, which only requires the one copy of the video—a copy that the library or teacher has acquired in this case, contributing to the market.
If we are unable to determine if the course taught is primarily a films studies course, we will request a copy of your syllabus and make the decision based on that document.
As stated above, if the video is already available on commercial streaming services such as Amazon or Netflix, we will not digitize the video. We believe from a Spring 2016 survey that between 75–90% of undergraduate students at UHM have access to Netflix; those who do not currently have access can either watch the film on physical reserves or sign up for Netflix for the semester, often for less than the cost of a textbook. Amazon digital movies can also be cheaply rented individually.
Please read the Notice of Copyright before signing or typing in your name.
Submit the completed form to Sinclair Library.
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Gregg M. Sinclair Library
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, HI 96822
Requests may be submitted two months before the beginning of the semester and are processed in the order that they are received.
Recommended dates to submit Requests to Stream on Laulima
Processing time for physical copies usually takes 1-5 working days; for streaming video it may take up to three weeks.