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Library Reserves

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Faculty Information: Forms | Placing Physical Items on Reserve | Blackboard Scanning Service | Other Information
Student Information

What are Reserves?

CML Reserves is a collection of course-related materials supplemental to classroom instruction. Professors, instructors, or teaching assistants can place library or personal copies of books, journals, videos, slides, audio tapes, and photocopied materials on reserve.

The Library also offers a scanning service for shorter materials that can be placed on a course's Blackboard site.

All reserve materials and scanning service materials must follow fair use rights and copyright law. Due to copyright restrictions, course packets cannot be placed on reserve.

For questions, contact the Reserves Supervisor, Charles Parker - 812.237.2543

Faculty Information


Placing Physical Items on Reserve

General Guidelines

We cannot place course packets on Reserve.

We will not place more than 30 items on physical reserve for one course without permission from the Circulation Manger.

Material will be removed from the collection at the end of each semester unless you have filled out a form for the following semester.

Personal Materials

We will place your personal materials on Reserve. The Library is not liable if personal copies are lost; however, Reserve staff will contact the patron concerning replacement charges, which are consistent with Library fine policies. To use this service, download the Form for placing personal copies on reserve and bring the item and the form to the library.

Library-owned Materials

Reserve Desk staff will pull Library books for placement on Reserve. Please provide us with a list of the books and their call numbers on the Form for placing library owned items on reserve. The form for placing material on electronic Reserve may be found at: Library Owned Materials form.

Blackboard Scanning Service

The library offers a scanning service for articles and other short texts for instructors to upload to Blackboard courses.

We can scan personal copies or library-owned materials.

Fill out the Request Scan for Blackboard form and bring it to the library

Copyright compliance is the responsibility of the faculty member posting the content. For guidance on fair use and when to seek permissions please consult the Columbia Copyright Advisory Office Fair Use Site and Asking for Permissions Site.

We will only scan 1 journal article per issue per scanning request.

We will only scan 1 chapter or up to 10% of a book per scanning request. Per copyright guidelines, you can post one chapter at a time for the use of your students. If you plan to use this method and don't know how to set an availability timeframe in Blackboard, please consult with our Reserves person, or Blackboard Services at x7000.

Access will be limited to the instructors and students registered for the course and will be available via Blackboard only.

Electronic files will be removed from Blackboard when they are no longer used for reserve services.

Persons who violate copyright guidelines will not be able to participate in this service for the rest of the semester and will not receive the request that triggered the violation.

Other Information

The period of time required for processing a Reserve list varies according to the volume of Reserve requests, availability of materials, and delays in retrieving books on loan. Please keep in mind that processing delays increase during the beginning of each semester when the number of requests is high.

Lists will be processed in the order in which they are received.

Submit a request form at least 1 week prior to the time an assignment is announced to the students.

Please do not request more than 30 items for a course without consulting with the Reserve staff about how you would like the items prioritized.

If a CD is placed on Reserve (either accompanied by a book or alone), please verify that the Library has the needed application program. If the Library does not own the application program, we suggest that you allow the student to check the material out of the Library to use it elsewhere.

We suggest that if you have several student instructors teaching the same class and placing the same materials on Reserve that materials, both books and photocopies, be placed under one name (perhaps under the professor's name who is supervising the student instructors). Such conformity facilitates the Reserve Desk staff locating the material and insures that students have the greatest chance of having the material available for use.

Library periodical issues (bound or unbound), reference books, and Interlibrary Loan material may not be placed on Reserve.

Student Information

Reserves is located on the first floor of the Library in the Circulation Department.

Reserve items are course related materials your instructor may put in this special status to supplement classroom instruction.

Print materials such as books, DVDs and videotapes placed on reserve by your instructor are available to check out from the circulation desk. You will need your Sycamore card, the name of the instructor and title or call number of the item when you come to the desk. These items usually check out for two hours at a time unless your instructor has specified a longer checkout period.

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