A few reminders about Kanopy and Libraries

I was pleased to see Mr. Howard’s detailed review of the Kanopy streaming platform available at some public libraries. I wanted to add a few thoughts:

“Free”–Remember that the libraries that provide Kanopy pay a substantial licensing fee to the company so that library patrons can access this wonderful content for free. It is important to support your local libraries. Do note that given this is a locally purchased subscription, your library may not have access to Kanopy.

This is a great example of everything you want is NOT free on the web. While one may find a film they’re seeking on the open web, the source is likely to be dubious or even dangerous.

Libraries provide a safe and secure service for users to access film content, and lots of other kinds of content, too–like eBooks (OverDrive is now the parent company of Kanopy), eAudio books, magazines, historical documents and photographs, and so much more.

My two cents,
Rp, Librarian

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