Winifred Fordham Metz, Media Librarian and Head of the MRC
Drop by the MRC, call (919.962.4099) or email Winifred to:
- Request a film for purchase.
- Schedule a consultation.
- Get help with filmographies, programming, research, resource guides and streaming digital resources.
- Discover the newest additions to our collection.
Multimedia & Digital Literacy Instruction Services
Consulting and Instruction Sessions
Designing a new course and want to add a media component? Need help incorporating media assignments into a class you’re already teaching? We’re here to help.
Media Resources Center staff members can assist you in developing assignments to target specific digital and media literacies as well as provide hands-on instruction to your students on how to use a host of digital media production equipment and editing software.
- 2-3 minute visual essay
- Short documentary
- Public Service Announcements
- Anatomy of Scene / quick film analysis
- Political Campaign Ads
- TEDish talks
- Conducting an interview
- Film Synthesis or Trailer
To schedule an assignment consult, please email Winifred (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To schedule a production instruction session in the Media Lab, please complete the Production Instruction Form or email email@example.com with your requested date and time and an alternate, along with a sentence or two on the students’ prospective assignment (video, audio, image editing, etc). We can also reserve a block of digital video-cameras or audio recorders and other equipment for your students for up to 5 days. Please be aware that the lab and equipment calendars fill up pretty quickly towards the end of a semester, so the earlier you schedule your class, the better the chances are that we can get you everything you need!
Do you or any of the students in your class have accommodation needs we should take into account when planning and teaching the library session? If yes, please describe how we can best accommodate those needs, ideally with 5 business days’ notice before the session.
Booking Films for Your Class
Scheduling Our Materials
Faculty and teaching assistants may check out non-circulating materials for classroom use.
A maximum of five (5) items can be checked to a single person at any given time. The Media Resources Center requires 24-hour advance notice to guarantee that materials, if available, will be ready for pick up at the scheduled time. Given availability, extensions on classroom use may be granted. To schedule a film, you can email us with your name, PID, phone number, department, course title, class size (number of students), the title of the film and the show date.Book Our Films
Get Films from Duke, NC State or NC Central
We have an agreement with the Triangle Research Library Network: you may borrow films from NC State, Duke or NC Central through the Media Resources Center. Please email your request to the MRC at least 3-5 business days in advance. Contact Katelyn Ander directly if you have any questions.
Materials from Other Universities
Instructors may borrow materials from other universities through the Interlibrary Loan department. For more information, please visit their site. Materials from other universities may require three weeks to allow for processing and shipping and may also require a fee, for which your department is responsible.
Undergraduate Library Rooms 006, 205 and 207 are available for class viewings.
Reservations for the rooms can be made by course instructors in advance, in person, or via email. Please include your name, department, class, number of students, date and time. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours before the event.Book a Room
Room 205 seats 52 students; Room 207 seats 28; and Room 006 seats 6.
All rooms support DVD, Blu-Ray, VHS, VCD, 16mm, PAL, slides, CD and audiocassette formats with an overhead projection system and surround sound.
In rooms 205 and 207, instructors can use voice amplification and control the rooms’ technology at the podium with a touch screen interface.
Please note, food and drinks are not permitted in the screening rooms.
The instructor or a TA is required to accompany the class for the entire screening. If no instructor is present, the room will not be opened.
At the request of an instructor, the Media Resources Center can place any of its items on reserve for their class. These items will be available to students during the MRC hours of operation. The instructor for whom the item is on reserve may schedule it for class use for up to 3 days. Other instructors are allowed to schedule these items for class use, but the entire transaction (pick up, class use, and return) must take place on the same day.
Instructors may also place their own materials on reserve at the Media Resources Center. Please be aware that the MRC is not responsible for the damage or loss of personal copies. Instructors may check out their personal copies at anytime during the MRC hours of operation without a time limit. We require that the item be checked out to the instructor, so we can keep track of its location. Please ask for a supervisor when you come by to check out a personal item.
Putting Items on Reserve
We require two business days for materials to be processed and placed in the reserves collection. There are two ways to place items on reserve at the MRC:
- Come by the MRC and fill out a yellow Media Resources Center Reserve Materials List and drop off any personal copies.
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of the MRC items that you would like to place on reserve.
If there are other people who will also need full access to these reserve items, you will need to either include their names on the list or in the email.
Please note that materials from other libraries cannot be placed on reserve. This includes any items requested through Interlibrary Loan and items directly checked out through other libraries. Videos and DVDs rented from stores like Blockbuster or Netflix cannot be placed on reserve.
Taking Items off of Reserve
Near the end of each semester the MRC will send renewal letters out to all instructors with items on reserve. If we do not receive replies requesting renewals by the designated date, then all reserve items, MRC and personal copies, will be taken off of reserve. Professors will be e-mailed when their materials are available to be picked up. Instructors may also request that their items be taken off of reserve at any point during the semester.
- Our Scholarly Communications Office provides guidance and other assistance on issues including copyright.
- The Center for Social Media at American University’s School of Communication published a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education” to help educators using media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use.
- Stanford University has a great page with information on fair use & copyright guidelines and policies.