Having class readings/materials on electronic course reserve reduces the wear, tear and loss of materials in the traditional paper format. It enables several users to simultaneously view items and allows students to access materials from remote locations at any time of the day or night. Additionally, items placed on electronic reserve comply with copyright conventions by restricting access to currently enrolled students.
Items are currently being placed on reserve in the same manner they were in the past. However, we can now accept requests for items placed on electronic reserve via email, to which you may attach documents you’ve created in various formats – Word, Power Point, PDF, HTML, etc. In the email, please include the course number in the subject line and provide any information that may be useful in the text of the message.
No, the library will scan print items into PDF for you. However, handwritten items may not scan properly and may not be appropriate for electronic course reserves. Whenever possible, please transcribe handwritten materials into electronic format, such as MS Word before submitting them.
Copyright law requires that libraries restrict access to copyrighted materials in digital format. Passwording verifies that the students accessing an electronic reserve item are enrolled in your course.
Your original document is completely protected and cannot be altered in any way by a user. Documents scanned in PDF format are ‘image’ files. End users cannot copy and paste text from these files.
Yes, as long as the library owns an item, has purchased access rights to an item, or has received permission from the copyright owner, it can place these items on reserve. In the case of the articles in our subscription databases, the library can place a link to that article in your course’s reserve list.
Right now, it takes 7-10 days to complete the work required to place an item on electronic course reserve. Depending on the time of the semester, it may take longer to work through the backlog. If there are any readings that are required earlier, you may call or email Yolanda Escobar (558-2467 or firstname.lastname@example.org) . We will do our best to accommodate your class’s needs.
To place a link to your reserve lists(s), do the following. (Note: This will create a link to a list of course readings, not to individual readings.)
Keep in mind that only items containing the phrase “Click on Title for Electronic Copy” are available electronically. All other items are available in print format in the library.
They are alike in many ways. A major difference, of course, is that for electronic reserves, the library handles scanning or otherwise transferring your documents into PDF or HTML. For those faculty who have print materials on reserve as well as electronic reserves, the library’s reserve site provides a list including both formats. Finally, the ‘guest’ access option in Blackboard may, in some cases, violate copyright guidelines.