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Informit announces enhancements to EduTV

 

Informit EduTV is an essential resource for teaching and learning that allows institutions to derive maximum benefit from their Screenrights broadcast licence. 

With access to over 47,000 programs across a range of learning areas, the media database comprises documentaries, drama and series from free-to-air and pay TV channels, including The History Channel, National Geographic, BBC Knowledge and Discovery.

Key enhancements delivered in 2018 include access to over 6000 new videos including films from the 1930s and 40s such as Mrs Miniver (1942) and Sweethearts (1938); and Australian films such as Lion (2017) and Berlin Syndrome (2017).This is supported by a video citation feature which allows users to copy a citation for any video with the click of a button.

There is also improved Advanced Search functionality through metadata enhancements, as well as caption creation on demand for programs which are broadcast without captions. 

MARC (MAchine Readable Catalogue format) records are also available, which allow subscribers to manage their EduTV content through their own catalogue listing, improving discoverability. This is a welcomed improvement, requested by current subscribing institutions. 

Librarians can now download the complete set of records or any broadcast from Informit Admin or directly from the EduTV website using the Export MARC record option below the program’s description.

Giuliana Tarascio, RMIT Librarian commented on the benefits of MARC for servicing their students. 

“We were pleased to see that all of the improvements we suggested have been incorporated into the new MARC records,” she said.

“As new content is made available on EduTV, having daily updates of MARC records to add to our catalogue is the most we can ask for.” 

Users will also enjoy an improved experience with the implementation of adaptive bit rates for slower connections towards the end of 2018, with testing taking place now. Once completed, the database will intuitively detect the strength of the internet connection or device it is being streamed on and will adjust the bit rate accordingly. 

John Nuutinen, Informit Senior Business Development Manager commented on the product enhancements, saying they reflected the latest best practice for multi-media resources.

“We are excited to be offering our customers an improved experience. Educational videos and resources are being used more frequently in the learning landscape and it’s important to us that our users can access the content they need quickly and reliably,” he said. 

“Informit EduTV was created to provide more interactive content for teaching and learning and as this trend continues, our product needs to evolve with it.” 

Launched in 2013, EduTV includes programs from 2006 onwards, with over 100 new programs added weekly. It is IP authenticated and 100% responsive to provide easy access to users from subscribing institutions and users can stream content instantly anywhere there is an internet connection. 

Informit is a business unit of RMIT Training, a company owned by RMIT University. It provides access to unique specialist content through its collection of over 100 databases. 

From its head office in Melbourne, Australia, Informit works with library consortia, associations and agents to help users advance their research through access to journals, monographs, reports, conference papers and indexes that focus on regional perspectives and otherwise hard-to-find research. 

For more information or to start searching visit www.informit.org.