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Media Library FAQs

What is the Media Library?

The Education Media Library is part of the Learning Resources and Technology Services (LRTS) division in the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Our mandate is to provide video resources that support Nova Scotia curriculum to classroom teachers across the province.

The Media Library has three collections: the Lending Collection, the Duplication Collection, and the Online Video Library.

Professional Development resources from the Duplication Collection and webinars that have been presented by the department, are available freely from the Digital Video Library.


What are your hours of operation?

The Media Library is staffed from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. Teachers who want to pick up or return videos in person can drop by during these hours. Requests for loans and dubbing are received 24 hours a day via fax and over the internet. Orders received after noon will be processed the next day.


How can I contact the Media Library?

Learning Resources and Technology Services
Education Media Library
2021 Brunswick Street, 2nd floor
Halifax, NS    B3K 2Y5

email: mediacir@ednet.ns.ca

online form: https://medialibrary.ednet.ns.ca/contact


Who can access these videos?

All videos in the Media Library collections can be used by teachers and educators engaged in Primary to Grade 12 public education in Nova Scotia.


How do I borrow videos from the Lending Collection?

Teachers can choose their videos by consulting subject catalogues, searching the on-line database or by requesting that staff search for curriculum related topics. Once you’ve decided on the videos you want, simply fill out our  online form or contact us if you have questions.


How long can I have the videos?

Videos from the Lending Collection may be borrowed for approximately one week and must be returned promptly so that we may fulfill our commitments to all clients. If an extension of time is required, a special request should be made when the resource is ordered or as soon as possible after the need for an extension is determined. The "Due" date on the packing slip is the day by which you must send the loan video back to the Education Media Library. Postage costs to and from Nova Scotia schools are paid by the Media Library. A special return label is enclosed in the shipping box and should be completed as indicated. Videos are delivered within 2 days by ExpressPost.


Can I also purchase videos?

Yes, videos from the Duplication Collection have been purchased by the Media Library with a license to make copies. Once copied, the programs are then the property of the school/teacher and may be kept and used for the life of the media. These videos can be ordered in the same manner as loan titles (see above) and are generally shipped within 5 business days of receipt of the order.

If you are in a hurry for video dubbing resources, the Media Library will often duplicate titles recently added to the collection as well as titles with licenses that are about to expire and be removed from the dubbing collection. These orders will be processed within 2 business days of receipt by the Dubbing Centre and have a guaranteed delivery time of 48 hours. Check out our lists of Pre-Made Dubbing Titles.  To order any of the titles, simply add them to your cart and submit it to us!


How much do these videos cost and how do I pay for them?

The Media Library charges a cost recovery fee only. All other licensing costs are covered by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. To see the current price list for media and available payment options, please see Pricing and Payment Options.


What about online videos?

We have those too!! We have licensed the Learn360 video platform, and, in addition to the Learn360 content, have added videos from CBC, NFB and a number of other national and local video producers. This gives teachers access to more than 9,000 curriculum videos that support a wide range of courses and learning outcomes.

To access this content, create and/or log into your EduPortal account and click on the link for “Online Video Library/Learn360” - no need for an additional username and password.


How do I become involved in the video evaluation process?

Any Nova Scotia teacher who is interested in evaluating videos for possible inclusion in the Media Library is encouraged to contact the Director of Learning Resources and Technology Services at 902-424-7317 or send an e-mail to lrt@ednet.ns.ca. Please include the grade level(s) and subject(s) you teach.