Digital audio & video services
What is possible now?
The University of Melbourne has a licence which permits the recording off-air radio, television, cable and satellite broadcasts for educational purposes and provide access to these resources to University of Melbourne staff and students.
Media Collections (level 4 ERC) schedules the recording of off-air television and radio broadcasts for inclusion into the collection. These recordings are generally made available in DVD, CD, VHS formats or online via streaming. We now have a large number of audio and video programmes available online via the web using streaming technologies.
What does this mean in practice?
- Television and radio broadcasts can be recorded and made available for loan.
- Copies can be made to meet demand.
- Past and current off-air recordings can be edited and made available online.
- Video or audio clips can be incorporated into webpages, powerpoint presentations or documents and delivered online.
All online (streamed) television and radio programmes are availalbe from:
Media Collections has been requested to provide access to television programmes covering various aspects of law for the Faculty of Law. Here are a few online examples of these programmes. These titles are also available from the library on DVD.
A Black Day for Justice, Four Corners
Finger of Suspicion, Four Corners
Radio music & spoken word recordings
Media Collections has also a large number of online and hard copy resources from radio. We have made hundreds of classical music works available to support the Faculty of Music course delivery and many of the recordings are now part of Music Library Reserve. A complete list of music recordings are available at: http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/collections/media/musi_r.html
We have also have a number of radio spoken word programmes available online. A complete list of spoken word recordings are available at:
Complete list of music recordings are available at:
We have also recorded a number of radio spoken word programmes and made these available online.
Complete list of spoken word recordings are available at:
What are the advantages of digital audio and video resources?
- current audio/video resources can be incorporated into lectures and online T&L materials, adding rich subject content
- digital media resources can be linked from reserve lists
- all resources can be accessed by multiple simultaneous users
- access to these resources from Internet capable computer anywhere on campus
- many music and video resources can be accessed off-campus via broadband
- spoken word audio can be accessed off-campus via modem (28.8 kbps or higher)
Media Collections can assist academic staff in providing access to digital media resources from television or radio broadcasts, to be delivered via DVD, CD, videotape or online.
Please note: The created digital or hard copy resources would have to either reside on a designated authenticated server that all staff and students can access, or be located in Media Collections and able to be borrowed by all staff and students.
The most comprehensive list of digital resources can be found at:
It is anticipated that most online digital audio and video resources from Media Collections will be accessible through the centralised and searchable repository Digitool (a component of COSI, the Common Search Interface project).
More information is available at: