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Library Support for Faculty: Reserves

Available support for faculty

In-house reserves

Due to the current limitations on quarantining of physical items in order to follow CDC guidelines and the guidelines set forth by the college, there will be no physical course reserves for the Spring 2021 semester.

Electronic Reserve Policies

During the Spring 2021 semester there will be no physical course reserves.  We will accept reserve requests for scanning of physical items that are not available in electronic format or ebooks.  Note, however, that we must still ensure that our scanning practices are reasonable and within copyright laws. We are unable to digitize entire copyrighted texts. Articles and/or book chapters requested through ILL cannot be placed on reserve.  Please only request materials where an e-copy is not available from the textbook publisher or the library (and note that we will first try to acquire e-access if we do not already own it). Please limit your request to only the portions of a given work that are needed for your course, and these copies should only be distributed to students using Sakai to ensure that access is limited to those enrolled in the course. 

To place an item on reserve, please use the Electronic Reserve Request Form.  Complete a new reserve form for each section/class.  We are processing course material reserve requests as they come in, and appreciate your patience as we work with limited staff and possible delays in receiving ordered materials.

Copyright Act's fair use provision for in-house reserves

The American Library Association (ALA) has endorsed the following standards for sharing copyrighted material through in-house reserves:

  1. The amount of material should be reasonable in relation to the total amount of material assigned for one term of a course, taking into account the nature of the course, its subject matter and level. See 17 U.S.C. § 107(1) and (3).
  2. The number of copies should be reasonable in light of the number of students enrolled, the difficulty and timing of assignments, and the number of other courses which may assign the same materials. See 17 U.S.C. § 107(1) and (3).
  3. The material should contain a notice of copyright. See 17 U.S.C. § 401.
  4. The effect of photocopying the material should not be detrimental to the market for the work. (The library, the institution, or the instructor must legally own a copy of the work.) See 17 U.S.C. § 107(4).

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Jayne Silfee
User Services Supervisor (Night) & Office Manager
Washington & Jefferson College
Clark Family Library
60 S. Lincoln Ave.
Washington, PA 15301