Database of the Week – Films on Demand

Films on DemandI can’t say enough good things about Films on Demand (FOD), our streaming video database. If you’re not already using it, start today.

Film is a wonderful medium for teaching and learning. FOD includes films on most anything you can think of (currently, 52,308 titles with new content added frequently) from a wide range of producers. To see the subject areas and the number of films available in each area, click here. To zero in on the producers (A&E, BBC, History Education, Frontline, HBO, and Ted, to name only a few), click here.

Watch the films, or segments of films (with or without the transcripts); embed them in presentations; set up your own folder; create playlists; and enjoy!

Find the link to Films on Demand on our databases page. [Scroll down to Video & Film or choose from the A to Z list.]

FOD is available 24/7 to current BSC students, faculty, and staff. Enjoy!


This Day in History: Jimi Hendrix Born – 1942

Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix was born  on November 27, 1942 in Seattle. He grew up playing guitar, imitating blues greats like Muddy Waters as well as early rockers. After an honorable discharge from the army in 1961 due to an injury, Hendrix worked as a pickup guitarist. Bassist Bryan Chandler of the British group the Animals heard him in 1964 and arranged to manage Hendrix and brought him to London in 1966, where they created the Jimi Hendrix Experience with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell. The band became an instant sensation.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience made its first U.S. appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. Hendrix made a splash by burning his guitar and was quickly established as a rock superstar. Before the band broke up because of creative tensions, it had released such classics as “Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady,” and “The Wind Cries Mary.”

Hendrix made his famous appearance at Woodstock in 1969, playing a masterful, intricate version of “The Star Spangled Banner.” His new group, the Band of Gypsies, debuted on New Year’s Eve in 1969. The band put out only one album, Band of Gypsies (1969). (Note: A second album, Band of Gypsies II, was released in 1986.) Hendrix recorded another album, without the band, called The Cry of Love (1971).

Hendrix, one of the most innovative guitar players of the rock era, died in London on September 18, 1970, of a drug overdose. He was only 27 years old.

Want to know more? The BSC Library has several books, ebooks, CDs, and films (DVD & streaming video) about Hendrix and Woodstock and the sixties. Check them out!


Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

The Library will observe these hours for the Thanksgiving holiday:  

  • Wednesday, November 22 – 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • No evening open lab hours
  • Thursday, November 23 – CLOSED
  • Friday, November 24 – 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 25 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, November 26 – CLOSED

The Library’s catalog, databases, and ebook collections are available 24/7.

Regular hours will resume on Monday, November 27.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Art Books Donated by Radius Books

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Thanks to Radius Books, we have 13 brand new art books* in our collection!

Radius Books, a 501(c)3 non-profit art book publishing company, believes that “the arts — all arts — are vital to our nation and our culture’s future.” The donation program is one way Radius Books hopes “to create and promote an ongoing dialogue among writers, thinkers, artists, students, teachers, and librarians.”

Yesterday, Ali Hein and her Drawing I students stopped by to look at our new books and take a mini-tour of the Library’s art resources.

Radius Books Donation includes:

Animals Are Outside Today by Colleen Plumb; El Camino del Diablo by Mark Klett; Conjuring Paradise by Betsy Karel; Flowers by Virginia Dawn; Frank Walter: the Last Universal Man, 1926-2009 by Barbara Paca; John McCracken: Works from 1936-2011; Lux by Christina Seely; My Dakota by Rebecca Norris Webb; Raymond Pettibon by Raymond Pettibon; Remnants [photographs by] Janet Russek & David Scheinbaum; Rift/Fault by Marion Belanger; The Resolution of the Suspect by Mike Kratsman; and Twenty Years by Jason Langer