XU library unveils Kanopy system

On-demand video resource gives millions of students access to 26,000 films


Photo courtesy of epls.org | Xavier is now offering access to the on-demand video service Kanopy, dubbed the “Netflix for education.” The service offers thousands of films to millions of students across the globe. 


Xavier’s library recently introduced an online streaming system, Kanopy, to students. Known as “Netflix for education,” Kanopy offers 26,000 on-demand video resources for educational institutions around the world. The service has been featured in publications like The New York Times, Business Insider and Indiewire.

Patty Greco, the acquisitions librarian, and James Green, the user experience/assessment librarian, gave some information about the service. Greco explained that the demand for a more diverse and expansive collection of films was one of the reasons Xavier decided to implement Kanopy this spring.

Green mentioned Patron Driver Acquisition (PDA), calling it the “trigger” system. Green said the university will automatically purchase any resource that is “played” four times in Kanopy, granting unlimited viewing of the material for the entire year.

The library currently has a budget of $5,000 for the educational service. The films range from movies to documentaries, and topics include education, global studies, languages, health and more.

Greco said the top viewed videos include “State of Fear,” “Freedom on my Mind,” “New Mindset about Stress,” “Who is Dayani Cristal?,” “Don’t Shout Too Soon,” “Praying with Lior” and “Slavery by Another Name.”

From Oct. 1, 2017, to Jan. 15, 2018, there have been 1,455 visits and 575 plays within the Xavier community.

Students can access Kanopy by searching it online and selecting Xavier University as the institution of affiliation, searching @XU or through the university library’s catalog.
The library has received positive feedback from faculty and hopes to continue to use Kanopy as a supplement for educational, entertainment and lecture purposes at Xavier.


By: Hyehyun Hwang  ~Staff Writer~