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Sinclair Library: Audio & Video Digital Archiving: Streaming for Distance Learning


Streaming for Distance Learning is a service that Sinclair Library provides to professors who need to show a film for their students to watch on their own as part of a required course activity. After the videos requested by the professor are digitized, an access link is sent out to the professor who can then share it with their students. The students then can individually watch the film outside of class on any device with an internet connection and QuickTime Player. A valid UH username and password are required in order for students to gain access to the films.

The purpose of this service is to provide teachers an opprotunity to provide access to course-related films to thier class without requiring the students to physically check out the film from the Wong Audiovisual Center. In addition to requesting streaming files of films circulating in the library, professors can also submit personal copies. The links to the streaming reserves are removed at the end of the semester. Professors wanting to stream a film again can do so through filling out a new request form at the beginning of each new semester. Streaming video requests can be made online or in person at the Wong Audiovisual Center during business hours.

Instructors are responsible for previewing videos for acceptable viewing content.


Under the TEACH Act, teachers and professors can have course-relevant films necessary for the students of their class to watch digitized and made available for streaming as part of an educational copyright exemption. In order for Sinclair Library and participating faculty to be exempt from criminal liability, the following criteria must be met:

  • The film must be relevent to the course being taught.
  • The course is regulary offered by the University.
  • The film has to take the place of a classroom lecture. It must be required by all students in the class to watch. It cannot be an extra-credit or optional task.
  • The streaming link can only be sent to students of the requesting faculty member's class.
  • The film being put on reserve must either belong to the UH Libraries or be a personal copy belonging to the faculty member requesting it.

Sinclair Library reserves the right to refuse to digitize videos that have the potential to violate the UH Manoa Library policy and/or current copyright laws. Please read the Copyright and Course Reserves libguide for more guidence and information.

Streaming for Distance Learning

To request materials to be placed on streaming reserve, please consult the Sinclair Library Course Reserve libguide for all required forms.