The OCCC Library is offering a small version of Netflix where students can enjoy many streaming and feature movies free and people can also request any kind of movies they like watching.
Nearly 100 feature movies and films are currently available on Swank Digital Campus site for OCCC students, faculty and staff to watch, said Electronic Services and Reference Librarian Tricia Sweany.
“It is an online video service where the library purchases rights to different new release films and documentaries,” she said. “We just upgraded to a new platform, so anyone — OCCC students, staff or faculty — can log on Swank Digital and watch new release films on their computer.”
Sweany said to use Swank Digital, people need to visit the Library website at www.occc.edu/library, then, under “Other Resources,” choose the link “More”. From there click on “Swank Digital Campus.” The site doesn’t work in Chrome and it needs to be run by Microsoft Silverlight, which is installed in all computer across campus. People can easily install Microsoft Silverlight freely from the site.
“Basically, it is like our own little Netflix that we pick the movies that we make available to OCCC students, staff and faculty,” Sweany said. “The Library purchases the subscription every year.
“Once a month, we add in a couple [movies], we probably do another big push in January.”
Reference Librarian Rachel Butler said they have had the site for five years and it is free for students to use to watch movies.
“When we first got it, we only got a few films that faculty members requested had for their classes, so you have to be in one of those classes to use it,” Butler said. “The new part is how many films we have now.”
Sweany said many classes on campus are using ‘Swank Digital Campus’ for lecturing.
“We have a sociology class that uses it. We have a lot of different programs across campus who require students watch certain films for their class.”
Sweany said all the films on the site also have captions, mostly in English.
Circulation and Reference Librarian Ann Marie Raia said there are some differences between Swank Digital Campus and Films on Demand that is also being offered at the Library website.
“Films on Demand is more educational and academic, focuses on education for classrooms,” Raia said.
“For Swank Digital Campus, we have all of the feature films, movies in the movie theater and films. It is a good supplement for film department.”
Sweany said OCCC students, staff and faculty could request films and movies that they want to watch on the site.
“If we don’t have films you want, definitely students, faculty and staff can email the library. We will see about getting it and adding it into the catalog.”
She said a lot of faculty use Swank and love it. She said because the site is new, they are trying to educate as many students as possible to let them know about it.
For more information, visit at www.occc.edu/library.