For Fall Semester 2020
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. Where possible, we will support the acquisition of online copies, and/or digitization of course reserves.
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. 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 be successful. It should be noted that electronic textbooks are often not available for libraries to purchase. For textbooks, this may be an opportune time to explore Open Educational Resources (OERs).
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.