Blackwell Library
Holloway Hall

Electronic Reserves: Supplemental Course Materials in Digital Format

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The library places items such as the following in a password protected E-Reserve System:

  • links to full-text articles through ResearchPort (provides off-campus access to library databases)
  • copies of print materials scanned and converted to digital format
  • electronic word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, and other software files
  • links to web sites
  • Exception: Harvard Business Review may not be scanned or linked to in ResearchPort per HBR Publishing.   Students will be directed to locate these in ResearchPort through an instructional guide.

Benefits of Electronic Reserves

  • provides 24/7 access to assigned readings
  • eliminates travel time since students can access materials from any computer
  • eliminates student fines since materials aren't charged out
  • permits several students to view the same readings simultaneously without waiting for others to return materials

Service Priorities

To operate within available staffing and budgets, e-reserves require a minimum two-week advance notice, and are made available on a first come-first served basis in the following priority to faculty delivering

  • off-campus online courses
  • off-campus hybrid courses
  • on-campus face-to-face courses

Request E-Reserve Service

When completing an E-Reserves Online Request Form, it is essential to indicate if materials will be used again. If so, the library will initiate the request for their long term use.

For instructions on completing the form and submitting materials, please see the E-Reserves Faculty Information page.

Copyright Requirements

Blackwell Library staff reserve the right to refuse to post materials they believe do not comply with copyright law.

Before the library adds copyright-protected items to either print or e-reserves, it applies both fair use factors and/or Teach Act provisions.

The library observes the need to limit:

  • the amount of material from any one source (typically a small portion or a single chapter of a book--between 10% and 20% of the entire work--a limited number of articles from the same journal, particularly those published in the most recent five years and
  • the proportion of supplementary to other course reading requirements

1. Fills requests only

  • for Salisbury University instructors currently teaching courses
  • if materials are related to the educational goals of the course
  • if the library or the instructor owns a legal copy
  • if library funding is available for the long term use of the same materials
  • NOTE: The first time a copied article/chapter from a periodical/book is placed on reserve, no copyright permission is needed

2. Posts materials if

  • use of the materials qualifies as ‘fair use’ under copyright law or meets provisions of the Teach Act
  • copyright is owned by the instructor (e.g., course syllabi, lecture notes, guides)
  • copyright is owned by Salisbury University (e.g., works required to be prepared under sponsored research agreements, university committee reports, data)
  • materials have entered the public domain or are not protected by copyright (e.g. works created by federal government employees in the scope of their employment)
  • the copyright owner(s) have given permission for the materials to be made available through e-reserves
  • the materials are made available under a license that authorizes Salisbury University to make them available through e-reserves either by linking or copying and posting the material on a course management system or a course web site

3. Limits access

  • to students enrolled in the course
  • by password authentication
  • to materials for the duration of the course only. A CD copy of the materials will be retained for one semester for students who need continued access to complete the course

4. Provides materials at no cost to students

5. Includes citation information and copyright notices

  • NOTICE: Materials provided in this course may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 US Code). You may make a copy of print materials for personal study, reading, research, or education. Any further copying, distributing, modifying and/or making derivative works may infringe on copyright owners' rights and subject you to civil and criminal liability, as well as potential University action.

  • A book chapter will include the title page of the book and the copyright page. Journal articles will include notice of copyright.

6. Helps instructors obtain permissions for long term use of materials and for materials not owned by either the Library or the instructor.

University Course Management System

As an alternative to library e-reserves, faculty may choose to include supplemental course readings in the University's course management system. As does the library, faculty

  • first need to evaluate copyright-protected materials in light of fair use factors or Teach Act provisions before including them and also
  • need to include appropriate bibliographic information for material.
  • the page from the item with the copyright information displayed on it. A book chapter will include the title page of the book and the copyright page. Journal articles will include notice of copyright.
  • a copyright notice such as the following: Materials provided in this course may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 US Code). You may make a copy of print materials for personal study, reading, research, or education. Any further copying, distributing, modifying and/or making derivative works may infringe on copyright owners' rights and subject you to civil and criminal liability, as well as potential University action."

For Assistance

Mou Chakraborty, Director of Public Services and/or Michael English, Access Services Librarian may be able to assist with copyright questions related to E-Reserves. Please contact Mou at mxchakraborty@salisbury.edu or Michael at mcenglish@salisbury.edu