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Copyright Guide for Jefferson Community College: Print and Electronic Reserves

Library Reserves Guidelines

The following guidelines for library and electronic reserves are based upon The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance from Copyright Clearing House

Electronic Reserve guidelines

·        Instructors may not scan articles for use in course management systems (BlackBoard)

·        Links to licensed college resources (library database articles) are allowed in course management systems (BlackBoard). Ask the librarians for help in creating a link requiring user authentication.

·        Instructors can be liable if they knowingly provide links to illegally posted copyrighted material on the Internet.

Library (Print) Reserve guidelines

·        Books, text books, and whole issues of print periodicals may be put on reserve in the library.  A reserve form must be filled out each semester for each item put on reserve.

·        Photocopies of articles may not be put on reserve without permission from the licensee/copyright holder for multiple semesters. One semester is allowable under the spontaneity allowance. Instructors are encouraged to use the course management system (BlackBoard) to provide links to articles from licensed college resources (library databases)

·        An instructor’s personal item may be put on reserve for one semester. After one semester permission is required from the licensee/copyright holder. The solution for this is to give the book/item to the library.

·        Books that are part of the library’s collection may be on reserve for multiple semesters.

FAQs

“I have an older edition of a textbook that has a chapter I want my students to read. The chapter isn’t in the new edition. Can I make a copy of the chapter and put it on reserve?”

You can put the copy of the chapter on reserve for one semester. You can put the whole book on reserve, and if you want to do this for more than one semester you can if you gift the book to the library.

 “I have an older edition of a textbook that has a chapter I want my students to read. The chapter isn’t in the new edition. Can I scan the chapter and put it on BlackBoard?”

No, you cannot scan the chapter and post it on BlackBoard. You can put the book on reserve in the library.

“Can I put an extra copy of our textbook on reserve?”

 Yes, current textbooks can be put on reserve. Multiple copies may not, depending on the enrollment in the class. Textbooks marked “Complimentary Copy” or “Instructor’s edition” may not be put on reserve.

I have several scholarly articles I would like my students to use for an assignment. Can I put photocopies of them on reserve?

You can put photocopies of articles on reserve for one semester. You cannot use the same articles next semester. A better alternative is to find articles through the library’s databases and use proxied permalinks in Blackboard so your students can access them on-line. A librarian can provide you with the proxied permalink. You can use these article links each semester if you want.