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Electronic Reserves

Electronic reserves (e-reserves) greatly facilitate the efforts of library staff in making information available for distance education students. Journal articles, book chapters, instructors' exams and class notes, and digitized images can all be accessed remotely with the use of e-reserves.

General Information

Copyright and E-Reserves

Examples of Academic Libraries' E-reserves Web Sites

E-Reserves Vendors


Algenio, E.R. (2002). A How-To Guide for Electronic Reserves; Or, If I Knew Then What I Know Now. Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Information Supply, 12(3), 1-12.

This presents a project-planning guide for librarians new to electronic reserves. It articulates an ideal process, organized into three major steps: research, implementation, and evaluation. Within the first step, all of the following topics are covered: people, equipment, campus dynamics, and copyright. Using a Socratic method, questions are posed to the reader, covering the essential issues. The goal is to assist the reader in determining how to begin and where to start.

Driscoll, L. (2003). Electronic Reserve: A Manual and Guide for Library Staff Members. Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Information Supply, 14(1), 1-97.

Introduction to Electronic Reserve Services ; Getting Started ; Ongoing Processes ; An Overview of Copyright and Fair Use ; Fair Use for Electronic Reserve ; Frequently Asked Questions

Rosedale, J. (Ed.). (2002). Managing Electronic Reserves. Chicago: American Library Association.

Frequently Asked Questions about Electronic Reserves ; Staffing Issues for Electronic Reserves ; Evaluation of Electronic Reserve Systems ; Migrating E-Reserves to a New IOLS ; ONCORES: A Homegrown E-Reserve System ; OSCR: Open Source Software and Electronic Reserves ; Copyright Considerations for Electronic Reserves ; Electronic Reserves and the Digital Library ; Perspectives of an Enlightened Vendor ; Perspective of the Association of Research Libraries

Smith, D. (2003). A Copyright Primer for Electronic Reserve: Copyright for Harried Electronic Reserves Staff. Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Information Supply, 13(4), 79-90.

This article provides a distillation or summary of the copyright, fair use and permissions-seeking information needed by busy library staff that work with electronic reserves. The recommended resources section lists useful books and websites.

Warren, S. (2003). Deeplinking and E-Reserves: A New Generation. Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Information Supply, 14(2), 65-81.

The NCSU Libraries Reserves Department has created a model for integrating large-scale production of deeplinked E-reserve articles alongside more traditional scanned E-reserve articles. Creating stable links directly to an online article and bypassing a database or E-journal's home page produce deeplinked E-reserves. This model addresses using E-journal selection tools, the variety of procedures necessary to produce stable deeplinked E-reserves (including using DOI links), and workflow considerations for staff.

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