The growing popularity of online classes and the introduction of course management systems like Blackboard have instructors moving away from traditional print reserves toward electronic reserves. The round-the-clock, electronic access to this material is a convenience that today’s students not only appreciate, but expect.
- Items placed on reserve should be part of the instructional objectives of the class and intended for the use of students in the class.
- An item may be placed on electronic reserve one time under fair use guidelines without having to obtain permission, but each subsequent use requires permission and payment of usage charges, if necessary.
- Access to reserve material must be limited to those students enrolled in the class.
- Electronic reserves may only be made available for the duration of the class. Access to them must be disabled when the class ends.
- Each reserve item must include a notice of copyright.
- Linking to a reserve item is preferable to creating a copy of the item. Since linking does not involve appropriating content but is simply pointing the student to an item, copyright doesn’t actually come into play. You can link to anything you want without having to obtain permission.
If you wish to place material on electronic reserve, please contact Savannah Marlow. The staff will locate a full text copy of the item for you, obtain the necessary usage permissions and pay any usage charges, and provide a link to it or load the item directly into your Blackboard course shell.