At the Movies with the Library

The Chávez Library wants to be your go-to place for movies!  Whether for research or for rest and relaxation, thousands of films are waiting for you to check out or view online.

The DVD Collection Finds a New Home

Photo of DVDAfter ten years behind the circulation counter, the Library’s DVD collection comes out of the shadows.  Thanks to improvements in theft-detection technology, the Library’s 1,400 DVDs will soon be available for browsing on open-access shelving.  Discover documentaries, classic cinema, and other award-winning motion pictures that you never knew the Library owned.  Not only will you find films to help you with your studies and research assignments, but there are plenty of options that will make for an entertaining night of popcorn and nail-biting.  Listed below are a few of the “top picks” by SJCC’s movie-loving librarians.

Bob Wing
12 Angry Men
One man challenges eleven other jurors to reconsider trial evidence to prevent an injustice. The film received a 100% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is listed on several American Film Institute lists of best movies.

Jeanie Schwab
All the President’s Men
This is an Oscar-winning 1976 film about Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974. It reminds me of the importance of good investigative reporting to the survival of our democracy in light of the current rise of fake news, “alternative facts,” and the conflict between the media and the Trump administration.

Linda Meyer
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
When plagued by insomnia, this is the best DVD to lull me to sleep.  No loud music, no gunshots, no canned laughter – just lilting English accents and Hugh Grant’s irresistible charm!

Mary Nino
To Kill a Mockingbird
Widely considered a classic, the film was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. One of the best adaptions of a book to movie, it is still as powerful today as it was when came out in 1962.

A New Collection Comes Online

Films on Demand LogoIn addition to making its DVDs more accessible, the Library now subscribes to Films on Demand. So, if you prefer to stream your videos, you have options beyond Netflix and Amazon.

This year the Library brings you thousands of new videos. Films on Demand provides anthropology-to-zoology coverage relevant to all SJCC courses, including career- and technical-education courses.

Online searching is user friendly.  Patrons can select from lists of the most popular or newest videos or by browsing by subjects of interest. Advance searching is available to find videos according to keywords, producers, dates, languages, and other parameters.

Films on Demand makes it easy to incorporate entire videos or just specific segments into class presentations and online course materials. Users can search for videos on specific topics and organize them into folders.  After opening a personal account, users can create and post personal playlists accessible by a selected group of viewers.

Over 600 new videos are added to Films on Demand every year from some of the world’s finest producers, including BBC, CNBC, PBS, and many more.  Closed captioning is available for many videos, and all have pre-formatted bibliographic citations. Videos are iPad, Android, PC, and Mac friendly

Students, faculty, and staff have unrestricted, 24/7 access to the database, either on or off-campus (off-campus requires login with name and SJCC ID number). Librarians are available for group or individual training in the use of this exciting new database.