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.
This shift to unmediated e-reserves began during the Spring 2016 semester and was completed on January 1, 2017.
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in which The Nation magazine published excerpts totaling only 300–400 words of verbatim quotes from Gerald Ford’s yet unpublished memoir, the Supreme Court held that the third fair use factor (the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a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.
Educational Technologies can provide assistance with building content in HuskyCT (Blackboard).