Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Film Resources at Tulane

December 10th, 2012

Film can be an important resource in the classroom. Films can show students images of areas or events they have never experienced and can expose them to new cultural traditions and ways of thinking. Several options around campus provide instructors with films to show in classes.

The Latin American Resource Center (LARC) at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies has an extensive collection of films and other resources, primarily focusing on Latin America. Films in the LARC collection are relevant to all disciplines as we have films relating to anthropology, economics, environmental studies, history, political science, and much more. The LARC collection includes fictional films from and about various Latin American countries as well as an extensive collection of documentaries about Latin America.

LARC resources are available for loan to any educator within the continental United States free of charge thanks to the generous support of a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant. For a list of holdings or to search the catalog, click here. LARC also has guides to resources in the collection, organized by subject. For ideas about films and other resources in the collection on specific topics please consult these guides. For Tulane faculty, films may be picked up in LARC, located in Jones Hall on the Uptown Tulane Campus. The lending period for films is flexible depending on the length of time that you will need to utilize the resource. We ask that you notify us a week in advance of any films that you would like to use since these resources are requested by educators across the country, so get your requests for next semester in early!

The Music & Media Center on the fourth floor of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is home to roughly 14,000 documentaries, feature films, television series, art films and more. The media collection is designed to support the teaching, learning, and research of all disciplines on the Tulane Uptown campus including Latin American studies and related fields. Lisa Hooper, The Music & Media Librarian, and Emma Marschall, the Research and Instruction Librarian at the Latin American Library, would be happy to help with the use of these resources.

The media collection includes approximately 1,300 documentaries, feature films, and television shows from and about Latin American and Central American countries. Lisa explains “we give preference to region 1 NTSC formatting but given the nature of the film industry and needs of teaching and research we will also purchase multi-regions and PAL encoded films. In addition to film, we also have a circulating collection of over 35,000 music recordings representing European art music as well as traditional and popular music from around the world. “

These resources are accessible to all Tulane faculty, staff, and students and may be checked out by faculty for 2 weeks and students for 1 week. You do NOT need advance notice to check out the resources available at the Music & Media Center. If there are titles you would like to see in the collection you may let Lisa Hooper know and she may consider purchasing the film for the upcoming semester/year.

Some of the Music & Media Center services include:

  • Media Reserves: Faculty may put films they wish to incorporate into their teaching on media reserve to ensure a film’s availability for required screening. Students may view them at one of our seven viewing stations in the library and faculty may check them out to screen in class.
  • E-Audio Reserves: We can digitize tracks from sound recordings in our collection and make them accessible as non-downloadable streaming audio via your course Blackboard page. This provides 24-7 access to required class listening in accordance with best practices and fair use (for example, why not introduce your students to Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective’s Watina or the fantastic voice of Mercedes Sosa).
  • Research Assistance: Assistance identifying potential films for use in class. While our entire collection has been cataloged and is accessible via the online library catalog, finding films on a given subject may not always be as easy as one would expect. Contact Lisa (lhooper1@tulane.edu) with information about your class or research area for a list of potential candidates already available in the collection.
  • Resource of the Month blog. This blog briefly discusses a new and useful music & media resource.
  • Music and Media Center Facebook Page: Follow us on Facebook. This Facebook page is intended as a space for dialogue between librarians, faculty, and students about music & media related items and events. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to post and comment upon short reviews of sound recordings and films in our collections.
  • Research Guides: online guides to resources in Latin American Film and Latin American Music

The Language Learning Center also has films which are available for loan only to faculty, with preference given to language department faculty. They have films in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese. For a list of resources, please visit their on line catalog.

The various film collections available at Tulane make it easy to incorporate films into coursework. Each collection has different policies and regulations so please be sure to check with them to learn more about them. Check out these great resources to find a film that fits your course.