Streaming Video for W&L


Video or film in streaming form has lots of advantages for teaching and learning, especially for classes in which a number of students all need to watch the same program — access from multiple locations (including off-campus), the possibility of multiple viewings simultaneously, on-demand availability in classrooms, and the ability to place links in course syllabi or online sites.  Admittedly, streaming comes with its own set of issues, with the cost probably the most challenging.

Mostly because of course-related demand from our faculty, the Washington and Lee University Library increasingly is purchasing — or leasing — access to streaming video from a variety of suppliers and then making that material available to the current W&L campus community through our online site.  Generally, we do not perpetually “own” streaming content, but rather lease it for various periods of time or have access as part of a large collection whose contents come and go for commercial and/or legal reasons, beyond our control.  (You may have experience the same thing with Netflix.)

Our selection of streaming films has grown to the point that it’s become a challenge to tell people what we have.  As a result, we have assembled a webpage that lists the primary options available to current students. faculty, and staff:

If you have questions, or want to investigate streaming possibilities for curricular use, please contact Senior Reference Librarian Dick Grefe.


Chicago Defender (and More) Comes to W&L


The recent issues of the newspapers we still have are full of stories about long-published newspapers which are no longer with us.  And sometimes this sort of news involves a publication which is a true icon of newspaper history.

The New York Times recently contained an article about the landmark Chicago Defender, which last week ceased publication of its print editions, becoming another digital-only publication in the 21st century.  As you can read in the NYT article,  the Defender has been one of the pre-eminent African-American newspapers ever since it began publication in 1905.

Earlier this summer the Washington and Lee University Library acquired access to a resource called the Black Studies Center, which includes a variety of databases, including historical newspapers, magazine and journal articles, essays, abolitionist papers, and other materials, including the History Makers array of interviews with noteworthy modern-era individuals.   The Newspapers module offers W&L researchers our first-ever online access to past issues and articles of the Chicago Defender (1910-1975) and nine other important newspapers which were published for African-American audiences.

Please note that more recent articles from these newspapers may be available through other W&L library databases, as is true of the Chicago Defender. Check the University Library’s Journal Search tool for the possibilities for any particular newspaper.

We hope that W&L researchers will explore the many facets of Black Studies Center and let us know if there are questions or comments.