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2 New Film Databases – Watch online!

This is a kind of a follow-up/continuation of my post last week about the wealth of downloadable movies, books, and audio content available on the Internet Archive.

The library has trial subscriptions to 2 film databases until October 15.  These films are not downloadable, and most are not in the public domain, but you can watch all of them online.

This is a great example of the kind of resources that the Penn Libraries make available to you because you’re a Penn student/faculty/staff member.  Be sure to take advantages of resources like this while you’re at Penn.

Silent Film Online brings together films which together represent the basis of modern cinematic technique and film theory. Carefully curated with ASP’s Video Advisory Board, the database covers silent features, serials, and shorts from the 1890s to the 1930s.

New World Cinema: Independent Features & Shorts, 1990-Present includes approximately 200 full-length feature films from leading independent distributors such as Kino Lorber, First Run Features, Film Movement, MK2, and Global Lens. There are also some 50 award winning short films.  All films were presented at major film festivals, many were nominated for awards, and many have won major awards. Films include the Oscar®-nominated Twilight Samurai, directed by Yôji Yamada, and Oscar®-nominated The Scent of Green Papaya, directed by Tran Anh Hung. Collectively the films in the database have won more than 1,000 awards.

You can try out both databases and watch the films by visiting https://proxy.library.upenn.edu/loggedin/current_trials.html.  You’ll need to log in with your PennKey.  If you end up loving these databases, be sure to use the contact
info on the current trials page to let us know. We are always interested
in your feedback.

Scanners in WIC

We have updated the selection of scanners now available in WIC – you can scan small and large documents, slides and film. We have flatbed scanners, sheet-fed scanners and our newest addition – the BookScan. The flatbed scanner and sheet-fed scanner along the window side of the Commons are attached to PCs – you can scan in PDF or image format, and then save files to a USB flash drive or share via email. The film and slide scanners are in the Vitale Digital Media Lab.

Our newest machine, the BookScan, does a lot of tasks automatically and brings new BookScanmeaning to the term “ease of use”. The touchscreen gives you options for quality which include high-resolution images and searchable pdfs. The Bookscan includes a flatbed scanner designed especially for books (with a slanted edge to protect book binding) and a document scanner that does double-sided scanning with automatic sheet feeding (a great choice for a stack of papers).

You can rotate and crop images and documents once they’re scanned in, and the flatbed scanner auto-detects the size of your original, so it’s easy to get a good scan of a picture without lots of whitespace around it. The scanner fixes pages if they are askew. You can send the files to a flash drive, to email or your GoogleDocs account.

There is no cost to use our scanners. Come in and try them out!

You can find two additional BookScans in the building – one in the Research and Consultation Area on the first floor and one in the Lippincott library on the second floor.