CIS Faculty Guide to the Library: Course Reserves
Managing your Assigned Reading/Viewing materials
The information on this page is entirely adapted from "Course Reserve" on the Library's website.
Course Reserve Assistance
As of Fall 2020, the University Libraries is no longer managing electronic reserves for faculty. Adding links from the library databases to your Blackboard course is the easiest and quickest way to set up electronic reserves. We have created a series of guides to help you add items to your Blackboard course, and you can get in touch with your liaison librarian to find appropriate readings for your course.
We can help you with copyright compliance questions and help finding appropriate links to our licensed material. Unfortunately due to staffing, we are no longer able to scan materials or place items in Blackboard for you.
Physical reserve services are available on a limited basis as described in the Course Reserves services page on the Libraries website.
Copyright and Fair Use
Material can be added to your Blackboard Course if the purpose, nature, and the effect of the request is meets the reasonable limit of fair use. Instructors are asked to accept full responsibility in complying with the provisions of the Copyright Revision Act of 1976 that governs 'fair use' of copyrighted objects for educational purposes when placing items in Blackboard.
Need help determining if something is covered by copyright? Use the Copyright Genie.
Need help determining if your item falls within "fair use?" Use the University Libraries' Fair Use Checklist.
Electronic Reserves in Blackboard
You can add electronic reserve items to your Blackboard course as links or PDFs. We recommend using links. Linking to resources ensures that you stay in copyright compliance and also allows the library to collect accurate usage statistics for our databases. Adding PDFs will not allow the library to see any usage from your reserves. (Resources with little to no use may be canceled.)
- We have created a series of guides to help you find the permanent links to resources from our licensed databases.
- To make sure that students can access your linked resources from both on and off campus, use our Link Fixer to create links that will route them through GVSU's authentication system.
- Converting print textbooks to electronic textbooks is sometimes not possible because of publisher licensing. We can help you find electronic textbook alternatives to your print reserves.
Additional Course Reserve Help
Your Liaison Librarian can help you get to the information or solution you need. You may also go directly to any of the following sources, as appropriate:
Help on setting up a course reserve system, adding and removing classes to your Course Reserve account, and who to talk to if something goes wrong.
Add online library resources to your Blackboard courses.
What items can be placed in Blackboard for my students to read?
How to find permanent links to articles in library databases.