Thursday, April 13, 2017

Instructors' Corner: The Case for eReserves

Let us in the Libraries know what articles, book chapters, or images you’re looking for and we will manage them for you via our e-reserves service. That is, we will locate a copy either on our databases or scan it in from a copy obtained from you or ILL and then provide you a link to that file that you can post to Blackboard.

By doing this, not only are you freed from having to scan or even find these articles, it also ensures that Ball State is following copyright law and our contractual obligations with the content providers and publishers.

Ideally, we find the article through one of our databases and generate a permanent link through our proxy server. If we can’t do that, then we save the scanned document to our protected server in the Libraries. You can then post a direct link on Blackboard. This helps to safeguard us against what has been happening with Georgia State University and helps you manage your course resources more efficiently.

More information:
- Cambridge Press v. Georgia State University
    (2014, ARL blog)
- Cambridge University Press v. Patton
    (11th Cir. Oct. 17 2014)-initial thoughts (Laura Quilter, Copyright & Information Policy Librarian
    @ UMass)
- Ball State University Libraries Course Reserves