FAQ - Media Booking

 1. Can I request videos through RACER?
2. How do I find videos on my topic?
3. I've found some videos in the Library Catalogue... Now what?
4. What do I do if Western Libraries does not hold the title?
5. What are Public Performance Rights?
6. Can I borrow/rent equipment for classroom use?
7. Can I view media in the Library?

1. Can I request videos through RACER?

No. Use the Media Booking Request Form.

2. How do I find videos on my topic?

  1. Start at the Western Libraries homepage
  2. Select 'Library Catalogue'
  3. Search by:
    1. Title (use this option when you know the exact title e.g. Manufacturing Consent)
    2. Keyword (use this option if you do not know the exact title or series title, e.g. newspaper industry)
    3. Subject (use this option when you know the assigned Library of Congress subject heading for your topic, e.g. 1) television news 2) women and employment
  4. Click 'Search'
  5. Modify / Limit the Search Results by
    1. Material Type - Videos

3. I've found some videos in the Library Catalogue... Now what?

4. What do I do if Western Libraries does not hold the title?

  • If you cannot find the video in the Library Catalogue:
    • Confirm that you have the correct information (e.g. title, date, etc.)
    • Search the Media Catalogue (formerly known as WATMEDIA) for Ontario University media holdings
    • Request the title to be reserved by contacting Media Booking
    • Ask Library staff for assistance

5. What are Public Performance Rights?

  • Public Performance Rights (PPRs) are the legal rights held by film distributors over the showing of a film in a public place. Classrooms, student lounges, etc. are considered public places. The rights-holder can grant others the temporary right to show the film by selling them or granting them a Public Performance License.
  •  Commercial feature films do not come with PPRs.

6. Can I borrow/rent film equipment for classroom use?

7. Can I view media in the Library?