Changes to reserves

New electronic reserve options

Recent developments in Canadian copyright legislation and the Access Copyright agreement allow the Library to offer more options for electronic course reserves. For example, the Library can now digitize and make available electronically book chapters, including many works previously included in course packs. The Library also has an increasing number of electronic books, articles and videos that we can make links to for course reserve. Electronic availability means easier access to course readings for students.

In addition, electronic readings can now be integrated into your MyLearningSpace course to make access more convenient for students. This requires minor configuration within your MyLearningSpace course to set up, but once configured will automatically display links to all electronic course readings.

With these new options, we encourage you to make use of electronic reserve options where possible to increase access and availability for students. Remember to submit your readings for reserve early to avoid the rush. For instructions, see the Course readings (reserves) page.

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Reserves on open shelves (Waterloo Campus)

As part of a reconfiguration of public services at the Waterloo Campus library this summer, print Course Reserve materials will be placed on open shelves on the main floor of the Library. This is a model successfully used at other academic libraries, and will provide easier access for students.

Students will still be asked to sign reserve materials out as usual, but it is likely that more students will browse and photocopy materials without signing them out. As is the case now, students won’t be able to leave the library with materials that aren’t signed out, or to remove 3-hour reserve materials from the Library even if signed out. Reserve materials will be clearly marked and identifiable as reserve items, and we will do frequent scans for reserve items left throughout the Library and return them to the reserves area.

For faculty personal copies, the Library will attempt to purchase the item where possible (excluding textbooks and solution manuals); please give a minimum of 8 weeks notice so we can arrange this. Wherever possible, an electronic version of the book will be purchased. If purchase isn’t possible, we don’t anticipate difficulties but, as we do now, we will replace any missing items. Personal copies can be security stripped for additional security with permission of the owner.

The Library will evaluate this change after a year and make adjustments if needed.