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July 2015

Watch Media Education Foundation films on Kanopy streaming service

You may already be familiar with films from the Media Education Foundation (MEF), such as Killing Us Softly, a series by Jean Kilbourne that analyzes and critiques the images of women used in advertising.  Or perhaps you’ve seen Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood & Corporate Power, featuring Wheelock College Professors Diane Levin and Gail Dines.

Kanopy logoWhat you may not already know is that you can watch over 140 MEF videos online via the Kanopy streaming service– all you need are your Wheelock College login credentials.  Kanopy works kind of like Netflix– you log in, choose a video to watch, and play it right in your web browser.  The bonus for Wheelock College students, faculty, and staff is that you don’t have to pay for your own subscription, because the library has already done it for you!

Location of Kanopy in the Databases A to Z list on the Wheelock College Library homepage

Kanopy can be accessed from the “Databases A-Z” tab of the search box on the library home page.

A note for long-time fans:  If you are already familiar with accessing MEF videos via the library, you should know that we have changed the way they are listed in the “Databases A to Z” list.  Whereas they used to be listed as “MediaEd (streaming video),” they are now listed under “Kanopy (streaming video).”  Why did we make this change?  Well, because we have videos on Kanopy that have come from other film producers and distributors, such as Race: The Power of an Illusion and Maquilapolis (City of Factories), both from California Newsreel.  We wanted to make our A to Z list more accurate and representative of the variety of films you’ll find on Kanopy.

Videos on Kanopy come with full transcripts and closed captions, and the video player has been designed for use with screen reader technologies like JAWS.  You can also create playlists and clips for use in classes.

So what are you waiting for?  Check out some of these great videos online today:

And remember, if you have any questions or requests, please contact a librarian!  We are always happy to help.


The Boston Summer Bucket List

As many of you may know, this past winter, Boston had an unrelenting series of epic snowstorms and many days of bitter temperatures (it’s July now and there is still a snowpile left over).  It felt as if spring was never going to get here. Even in April, we were bracing for Mother Nature to have one last hurrah (see April Fool’s Day Blizzard of 1997). So it’s hard not to enjoy and make the most of the warm, summer months in Boston! Here is a list of fun things to do in Boston that you may have forgotten to add to your Boston Summer Bucket List. Many of these were actually suggestions from Library staff.

1. mos  Visit the Museum of Science (and its new The Science Behind Pixar special exhibit!).  The Wheelock College Library has museum passes for reduced admission for students, faculty, and staff. Each pass is good for $7 general admission for up to 4 people and only covers the main exhibit halls. If you would like to check out The Science Behind Pixar, it will be $12 in addition to the $7. That’s $19 (savings of $10 from the general public’s price). After you’re done visiting the MoS, you can walk on over to the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall where you can shop or pick up a riverboat tour.

2. Visit the SOWA market on a Sunday. Pick up some farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and discover all sorts of unique items from our local artisans.

cannoli3.  Have dinner in the North End and eat cannolis while sitting on the benches along the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

4.  Visit the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. What I’d like to do beforehand is grab some takeout from a nearby restaurant and eat it in the BPL courtyard. Be sure to check out their recently renovated their Children’s Library and Teen Areas! I’ve been visiting the BPL since I was a kid and am envious of the new generations of kids enjoying it.


5. Take a walk through the Arnold Arboretum. Their collection includes nearly 160 different kinds of lilacs.

6. Eat an ice cream sundae from J.P. Licks. J.P. Licks is a local Boston ice cream chain with several locations. Fellow WildCat-alog blogger, Youngmi An, recommends their coconut almond chip with hot fudge and mini-M&Ms.

7. Take a ferry out to the Boston Harbor Islands for a day trip.

ica8.  If you happen to be swinging by the Waterfront, as many people do during the summer, be sure to visit the Institute of Contemporary Art. Admission is free every Thursday from 5-9 pm!

9. Attend Shakespeare on the Common. This year, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is doing King Lear from from July 22 -August 9. Bring a towel from home, pick up some takeout from one of the many restaurants nearby, park yourself on the grass, and enjoy the show.

swanboat10. Walk through the Boston Common and Public Garden and then ride a swan boat.

11.  Attend a free concert at the Hatch Shell. There is a free classical music concert there almost every Wednesday during the summer.

12. Kayak on the Charles River. You can rent a kayak by the Boston Location near Harvard Stadium or a few miles away by Kendall Square in Cambridge. You can also pick up a rental from Boston and drop it off at Kendall Square location.