What is Media Collections Online and how do I use it?

Media Collections Online provides online access to audio and video recordings from Indiana University collections and select scholarly projects. Media Collections Online is supported by the Library Technologies division of the IU Bloomington Libraries, with additional technology support from UITS. This resource is based on the open source Avalon Media System software co-developed by the libraries of IU Bloomington and Northwestern University.

Anyone may view publicly accessible items in Media Collections Online. However, the majority of content is restricted to authorized users based on course enrollment or departmental membership. This includes sound recordings previously served through the Variations system.

To access Media Collections Online, visit https://media.dlib.indiana.edu/.

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Features of Media Collections Online

Media Collections Online allows you to:

  • Watch and listen to tens of thousands of audio and video items
  • Create custom playlists containing excerpts from different media items
  • Embed media into other websites
  • Import playlist files from Variations
  • Listen to and watch audio and video recordings on both desktop and mobile browsers

System requirements

  • Operating system: Windows 10, 8.x, or 7; Mac OS X 10.8 or later; iOS 5.1 or later; Android 4.1 or later
  • Browser: Recent version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge, or Internet Explorer
  • Plugins: For Windows and Mac OS X systems, Adobe Flash is required

Using Media Collections Online with your Canvas course

Media Collections Online provides LTI integration with Canvas and can be added to an IU Bloomington course by the instructor as an external tool. This will generally only be useful in courses for which a library at IU Bloomington has specifically placed audio or video content on reserve through Media Collections Online. For help, contact the Media Collections Online support team.

Adding content to Media Collections Online

IU libraries, archives, departments, and faculty may propose new collections and projects for Media Collections Online. For more, see Media Collections Online wiki.

Reporting a problem

To report problems or send questions or comments, contact the Media Collections Online support team. You may also contact the UITS Support Center for immediate or additional assistance.

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