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Electronic Reserves Policy

General Information

  • Electronic reserves will be regarded with a respect for fair use by complying with current laws governing copyright.
  • All materials placed on reserve are limited to students and instructors in an assigned class and are for educational use only.
  • Electronic Reserves may only include materials lawfully owned by the library or Misericordia University. Please see specific guidelines below pertaining to streaming media.
  • Items acquired through interlibrary loan will not be placed on electronic reserve.
  • Limited amounts of copyrighted material may be used for reserve materials per course, and must be considered a small proportion of the total assigned reading, and will not take the place of a textbook.
  • Materials placed on reserve for one semester/instructor/course will be considered "Fair Use."
  • Photocopies should be from the original document, not from a photocopy. They should be as clear and clean as possible with no holes, staples, dark lines, or graphics; single-sided, 8 ½ x 11 pages; minimum of ¼ margins on all sides.
  • Materials placed on reserve for any subsequent semester for the same course/instructor will require copyright permission. If requested, the Library will assist in obtaining any necessary copyright permission. Costs will be transferred to the department once the library receives approval from the department for the charge. If permission is unavailable, materials will be removed. If permissible, materials will be retained in a separate database for future usage.
  • Materials will be removed from Blackboard the Monday after final exams.
  • One chart, one graph, and one image or a poem from a collection may be placed on electronic reserve.
  • Journal article submissions must not exceed one article from any single issue of a journal.
  • No books may be placed on electronic reserve.
  • Not more than one chapter of a book may be placed on electronic reserve.
  • Links to full text articles from Library-owned databases are allowed.
  • All materials placed on electronic reserve must have a full bibliographic citation clearly written or typed on the first page. A copy of the copyright statement must be included with the material.
  • Proper permission must be obtained for all student work. An attached signed and dated note is sufficient.

Streaming Media Guidelines

  • The Library will stream media for electronic reserves for items that are owned by the library. If a title is not held in the library collection, the title can be requested out of the academic department’s collection development funds. Please allow up to four weeks for the material to be ordered and cataloged.
  • Streamed materials should be in compliance with Fair Use.
  • Materials to be digitized should be submitted at least two weeks before the date needed for class.

Electronic Reserves Form

Please note: The electronic copying and scanning of copyright protected works for library reserve service and distance learning are unsettled areas of the law that may be addressed by courts and/or legislation. The Misericordia University Library will continue to monitor legal developments that may affect the fair use analysis of Electronic Reserves to ensure that we are in compliance with the U.S. Copyright law.

For assistance with electronic reserves, please call Amy Houck, Access Services Specialist, at 674-6296, or email to ahouck@misericordia.edu.

For assistance with Blackboard, please contact Morgan Sadowski at 570-674-3331 or msadowski@misericordia.edu.


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