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Course Reserves

Course Reserves General Policy & Acceptable Use

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  • Electronic reserves service is an extension of traditional print-based library services and will be provided in a manner that respects Fair Use rights, the rights of copyright holders, and current copyright law.
  • All materials will be placed on reserve at the request of faculty and are only for the non-commercial, educational use of students.
  • All materials placed on reserve will be reproduced from copies lawfully obtained by either the requesting faculty member or the Library.
  • Only limited amounts of a copyright-protected work may be reproduced as e-reserves, according to principles laid out in copyright Fair Use, as found on the SDSU Library Copyright Guide: Fair Use.
  • All e-reserve files produced by Course Reserves staff will include a complete citation and notice of copyright on the first page, indicating that they may be subject to copyright restrictions.
  • Authentication into the Learning Management System (Blackboard or Canvas) will be required to view Course Reserve files, limiting access to students currently enrolled in the course for which the files are on Course Reserve.
  • Links to licensed full-text electronic resources will be used in lieu of reproducing copyright-protected material whenever possible.
  • Library subject liaisons are available to help faculty identify relevant library material to be placed on Course Reserves.

Course Reserves acceptable use policy:

Course Reserve files are intended solely for use by currently enrolled students for whom an electronic Course Reserve file has been assigned for Fall 2020 at San Diego State University. Course Reserve files should not be shared or otherwise made available to anyone not currently enrolled in the assigning course.

Adapted from Penn State University Libraries: https://libraries.psu.edu/services/course-reserves/copyright-and-course-reserves

Course Reserves for Fall 2020 during the COVID-19 Campus Shut-Down

SDSU will continue to offer course reserves and assistance locating course materials amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the 3-day quarantine period for print books returned to the Library, we will not be offering print or physical Course Reserves for Fall 2020. To support instructors and students over the next several months, we are developing new approaches to how we provide access to our course reserves collection.  

As we respond to course reserves requests, we will prioritize our work as follows:

  • In all cases, we will first attempt to purchase or license unlimited user access versions of content requested for Course Reserves.
  • Links to licensed full-text electronic resources will be used in lieu of reproducing copyright-protected material whenever possible.
  • Librarians will assist faculty with locating alternate course content through Open Educational Resources (OER), public-domain materials, and library-licensed content. Contact Kate Hovoet or your library subject liaison to get started finding equivalent course content.  
  • In alignment with Fair Use, we will scan print materials that the library legally owns, or legally owned copies provided by a faculty member.
    • For Fall 2020 SDSU Library is using the Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research as our Fair Use reference.
  • Instructors may check out and stream DVDs via Zoom in their course.  SDSU no longer digitizes DVDs nor VHS media.  If we cannot purchase the physical media, nor license a streaming option, faculty will be advised to identify alternate content to be placed on course reserves.

Adapted from the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Course Reserves and COVID-19: https://libraries.uta.edu/collections/course-reserves/covid19

Digitization Copyright Statement 

As part of the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, SDSU Library is temporarily fulfilling scanning requests that may exceed what might be reasonable under normal circumstances.

As explained in the Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research, Fair Use can permit more extensive scanning as part of a legitimate response to a public health emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

We must still ensure that our scanning is reasonable in relation to these extraordinary circumstances. Please limit your request to the portions of a given work that are needed for full participation in the course for the duration of the students’ dislocation. Please also only request materials where an electronic copy is not available from the Libraries' collections, and where the faculty member or the Library owns a legal copy.

Course Reserve files will reside in your course files in Blackboard or Canvas, and will be accessible only to students currently enrolled in your course. 

This service will exist only as long as SDSU is following emergency campus operating procedures. Faculty who placed material on Electronic Course Reserve in Fall 2020 will need to seek copyright clearance via Montezuma Publishing to continue using the content in further semesters. 

Once it is safe to return to normal operating procedures, and faculty and students are occupying campus as usual, SDSU Library's physical Course Reserves will return.

Adapted from the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries Course Reserves and COVID-19: https://libraries.uta.edu/collections/course-reserves/covid19

Service Limitations

  • SDSU Library will not digitize DVDs or VHS tapes, an entire book, or every article within a journal issue.
  • SDSU Library will asses digitization for Course Reserve requests that exceed 10% or one chapter of an ebook, or more than one article from a journal issue on a case by case basis, using the Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research as our Fair Use reference.
  • Reproductions of any length taken from academic textbooks and consumable works (solutions manuals, lab manuals, workbooks, standardized tests, etc.) may not be posted on electronic Course Reserve without the explicit written permission from the copyright holder(s).
  • Due to copyright restrictions, Course Reserves does not post material from course readers on electronic Course Reserves. Electronic Course Reserves is limited to material for which the faculty member or library owns a legal copy or has licensed for academic use. If the faculty member nor the library owns or licenses the content within the course reader, faculty should continue to work with Montezuma Publishing to secure copyright clearance for the materials.