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What is an EReserve?


Materials provided via electronic reserves must conform to the limitations of copyright law (Copyright Act, 1976, Section 107). These materials must be for educational use only and available only to students enrolled in classes at Centre College. Section 107 allows for the making of copies of copyrighted material for classroom use as long as the following tenets of Fair Use are observed. (See the Fair Use Checklist.)

Materials must be presented to the Library Circulation Supervisor three full working days before they are needed by the students. This will allow time for the document(s) to be scanned.  Faculty members will be asked to be aware of established deadlines so that library staff may have enough time to obtain any necessary information for copyright permission in order to decrease processing time.

Grace Doherty Library will place material on e-reserve for faculty if the following stipulations have been met:

·         Material may be placed on reserve only at the specific request of the instructor for the purpose of serving the needs of a specified course of study.

·         Materials placed on reserve must be directly related to the educational objectives of a specified course.

·         When Grace Doherty Library has a license for digital versions of copyrighted material, the citation and link to the electronic version of the material will be added to the electronic reserve system, providing immediate access to the item.

·         There will be no charge to access electronic reserve materials.

·         Works that are in the public domain may be placed on electronic reserve without any limitations.

·         User authentication methods have been implemented (through the use of WebCT) to limit access to reserve materials only to students enrolled in the course for which the material is being placed on reserve.

·         The Library and/or the CTL (Center for Teaching and Learning) reserve the right to pull any material that is in violation of Copyright Law.

Guidelines for Scanning or Copying Materials for Electronic Reserves

Grace Doherty Library will scan or copy copyrighted materials for e-reserve, provided that the following guidelines are not exceeded:

·         First time use of material by that professor for that particular course; for subsequent semesters, copyright permission must be obtained before the material will be placed on reserve.

·         A journal or newspaper article; if more than one journal article is needed from a particular issue of a journal, copyright permission must be obtained.

·         10% or less from a book.

·         Exams and lecture notes may be placed on e-reserve without copyright permission.

·         Pages from workbooks, exercises, standardized tests, and other works marketed as "consumable" may not be placed on reserve.

·         An entire book may not be placed on e-reserve. If more than 10% from a book is needed, copyright permission must be obtained, or the faculty member may request the purchase of an e-book (if available).

·         Any journal material which is held by Grace Doherty Library has already been purchased and therefore copyright permissions are not required for these materials.

·         All copyrighted materials will be made unavailable, through the use of WebCT, at the end of each semester.

If it is clear that a good faith effort has been made to follow copyright guidelines, and if it is determined that copyright permission may be needed, the library circulation/reserves supervisor will contact the publisher on behalf of the faculty member.

Faculty wishing to obtain copyright permissions for their own reserve materials must be in communication with library circulation/reserves supervisor in order to avoid duplicate permissions request submissions. Faculty must then provide a copy of the permission letter(s) to library staff to keep on file.