University of Connecticut

eReserves Transition Details

Why did this transition occur?

HuskyCT provides a simplified process for uploading course materials and allows instructors to integrate materials into the course itself rather than providing them in a separate Library-operated system. The phasing out of this Library mediated service affords faculty greater flexibility and control in the design and delivery of class materials, including control over the way content appears, where it appears, and when it appears in HuskyCT.  The change expedites student access to learning materials and allows the Library to realize efficiencies.

When did the transition take place?

This shift to unmediated e-reserves began during the Spring 2016 semester and was completed on January 1, 2017.

How do I provide access to Library resources from within HuskyCT?

Journal articles, eBooks, and online videos licensed by the Library can made accessible via stable links.
Scanned chapters of books held in print by the Library can be provided as PDFs, which can be uploaded following fair use guidelines.
Physical items owned by the Library can be placed on Reserve.
 
Materials obtained via Interlibrary Loan cannot be placed on reserve or uploaded to HuskyCT. It is also not permissible to upload PDFs of Library-subscribed content to HuskyCT or any other web site.

How can I learn about copyright and posting scans for my classes?

The Library’s copyright and fair use resource pages provides guidance on appropriate use. This Fair Use Evaluator will also help in making a determination of fair use.

Though they do not substitute for a fair use analysis, the following points provide common considerations.

  • Ensure that you, the Library, your department, or the University owns a legal copy of the material in its original format, i.e. a photocopy of a chapter or article is not original format, a book borrowed via ILL is not owned.
  • If you are using material from a personal online subscription, be sure you understand the license agreement you accepted for this subscription, including any restrictions as to how the material may be shared with others.
  • The materials you want to use must not be “consumables”, i.e., from a textbook, test or survey instrument, fill in the blank workbook, etc.
  • Do not use the “heart” of the work. For example, in a case in which The Nation magazine published excerpts totaling only 300–400 words of verbatim quotes from Gerald Ford’s yet unpublished memoir, the Supreme Court held that the third fair use factor (the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole) weighed against fair use, because the excerpts included Ford’s discussion of his pardon of Nixon and other central passages that the court found to be the “heart” of the work.
  • Ensure you are only using the smallest amount necessary for the intended purpose.; small amounts are more likely to be considered fair use than large amounts. Using large amounts of a work because it saves students money is not a defensible fair use argument. There are no set amounts in copyright law but you may want to follow the Library’s guidelines of one chapter of a book with 10 or more chapters or 15% of the book; or, one article or 15% of a journal issue. You may also use a  fair use evaluator.
  • The use should be transformative, especially if it is a dramatic or fictional work. See examples of transformative use.
  • Ensure that the material is on a password protected secure server and that the materials are only available to students for the duration of the semester. Putting them up in HuskyCT rather than on a personal website satisfies this.

 

Where can I get help?

Ask a Librarian or subject specialists can provide assistance with locating stable links.

Educational Technologies can provide assistance with building content in HuskyCT (Blackboard).

 

Will the Library continue to provide support for physical materials such as books and DVDs?

The Library will continue to offer a course reserve service for physical items.

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