NC LIVE Purchases 380 PBS Videos for North Carolina Schools

Raleigh, NC, April 10, 2009 --( Several state organizations have teamed up to provide 380 educational and documentary videos from the Public Broadcasting Service, which are now permanently available online and free of charge to all North Carolina public schools.

With a grant from the State Library of North Carolina and the Department of Cultural Resources, NC LIVE, LEARN NC, and NC WiseOwl, a service of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, partnered to extend the reach of the PBS video collection to local schools.

Through NC WiseOwl, students and teachers at public schools now have unlimited online access to PBS’ library of award-winning programming, including Ken Burns’ “The Civil War,” as well as the Emmy award-winning series “American Experience” and “Frontline.” The videos are available online in an on-demand streaming format, making them extremely accessible.

“This is the kind of partnership that makes sense to everyone,” said NC LIVE Outreach & Promotions Librarian, Jill Robinson. “Educators and students at all levels will be able to use these resources from school, home, or anywhere they go. It's a great model for future collaborations.”

Neill Kimrey added, “This is an excellent resource for the teachers and students of North Carolina. The PBS videos provide relevant, engaging multimedia content for our state’s 21st century teachers and learners.” Mr. Kimrey serves as the Section Chief for Instructional Technology at the NC Department of Public Instruction.

In addition, these PBS videos are freely available for home viewing by all North Carolina citizens through based on their affiliation with a local public library or any of the 188 public and academic libraries across the state. Faculty and students of North Carolina colleges and universities may also access this content at no charge.

The statewide video-streaming service became available to all public schools March 30, 2009.

NC LIVE is a statewide collaborative among the nearly 200 public and academic libraries in North Carolina. Students, faculty, and staff from any of North Carolina's community colleges, independent colleges and universities, and public universities, as well as patrons from the state's public libraries can access all NC LIVE content at no cost. For more information, please visit

About NC WiseOwl
NC WiseOwl is a Web site that has, as its centerpiece, several K-12-relevant databases. NC WiseOwl, available, is administered by the Instructional Technology Section of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and is provided as a resource for public and charter schools in North Carolina.

Jill Robinson
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