In 2018, the San Rafael Public Library partnered with the Marin County Free Library (MCFL) to provide free access to Kanopy; a high-quality streaming service that features movies and documentaries. Unfortunately, due to the increasing popularity of the service and the charging model that Kanopy uses to bill libraries for this service, the cost has started to become unsustainable.
From the start Kanopy has been very well received by our patrons. Each library card holder has been allowed to view up to 10 movies per month. Kanopy then charges the library a fee for each of these views. In the first year SRPL’s average cost was about $800 per month. But as Kanopy’s popularity has grown over the past year, so has the cost.
In order to manage our budget, SRPL and MCFL have tried to convince Kanopy to let us lower the number of checkouts possible from 10 to 5 views per person. Unfortunately Kanopy has denied our request and seems unwilling to help us identify a solution. For this reason, as with many other libraries around the country, we are faced with the decision of having to end this service.
We hope that you will continue to use our other streaming video service, Hoopla, and check out the thousands of DVDs available from libraries throughout the County.
Lynda.com will now be available through the month of October!
Representatives of LinkedIn Learning (Formerly Lynda.com) have reached out to say that they are pausing to consider some of the concerns expressed by libraries around the country. While we do not at this time know if they will be changing their approach to this service in the future, for now we will be able to continue to provide Lynda.com without compromising our patron’s personal information.
We will provide additional information as we learn the outcome of LinkedIn Learning’s deliberations.
Your privacy is a priority to the San Rafael Public Library. For this reason, the library has made the difficult decision to stop offering Lynda.com as a learning platform at our libraries as of September 30, 2019.
LinkedIn Learning does not acknowledge the fundamental right to privacy that is central to the guarantee libraries make to their patrons, and seeks to use personal information provided by library patrons, including sharing it with third parties.
For more information, please read the American Library Association’s post on this topic, “ALA urges LinkedIn Learning to reconsider changes to terms of service that impair library users’ privacy rights.” Additionally, George Lucas, the State Librarian of California has published a letter in regards to privacy concerns with LinkedIn Learning.
If you are currently taking a Lynda.com course, you will be able to log-in as normal to complete your course up through September 30, 2019. Please check our E-Resources page at that time for other suggested learning resources that will help fill your educational needs.
If you or a family member haven’t thought of getting a library card, come in and get one this month and get your choice of a small thank you gift.
Your library card is good at all public library branches in Marin, College of Marin, and Dominican University. If you live in Marin County you have access to all our digital services: eBooks and eAudiobooks, Movies, Music, TV Shows, Research Databases, Discover & Go Museum Passes, and so much more!