For Fall Semester 2020
Got questions about reserves, readings, books and media for your courses this semester? Here’s what you need to know about making course materials available through the library to your students this semester:
- Hekman Library is unable to offer physical reserves this semester. In the wake of COVID and based on informed practice, this fall the library is unable to offer traditional physical reserves (e.g. course readings or entire books/textbooks) for student readings. Because of the university’s hybrid instructional model this fall with in-person and online students, and in order to mitigate virus spread among our on-campus population, physical reserves will not be prudent.
- Where possible, Hekman will support the acquisition of online copies, and/or digitization of course reserve materials. Librarians will work with faculty and help to identify and digitize those portions of printed or visual works that serve current pedagogical needs. For complete works, the library will attempt to provide access to digital versions when such access is feasible and allowable under copyright law, but note that based on publisher practices, we cannot assure the faculty that this will always be permissible.
- You may submit requests for digitization of course reserve materials through our new electronic reserve request form. For those materials not currently available in digital form to libraries, requests for the digitization of portions of printed or visual materials should be made through the electronic reserve request form. Since digitizing multiple works for multiple faculty will take time, the library encourages faculty to submit requests as soon as possible for the fall semester, providing as much information as possible, particularly when the assignment is due. Please note that the digitization of entire works for the purpose of course reserves is generally not possible due to copyright restrictions.
- Your liaison librarian can help you explore alternative resources for your courses. We understand that resourcing accessible materials for your courses in this hybrid learning environment, as well as navigating copyright requirements for these resources, is a challenge, and we liaison librarians are prepared to help you consider what resources you can use and how. For example, electronic textbooks are not often not available for libraries to purchase, but we can help you explore Open Educational Resources (OERs) to serve your needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for help and questions about supporting your course materials this semester.