E-Reserves deliver access to digital or scanned digitized course readings and other materials via the Blackboard course shell. The Milne Library policy for reserve collections adheres to fair use guidelines of the United States Copyright Act of 1976.
Photocopied or scanned course readings are limited to one chapter from a book (not to exceed 10% of the text); one article from any one issue of a journal; one short story, short essay, short poem, or case study from an anthology; one chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or picture from a book, journal or newspaper. Items must fall within the scope of the “fair use” copyright guidelines or be accompanied by appropriate copyright permission forms.
Go to the e-Reserves page to discover your electronic course reserves. Some instructors make e-Reserves available on Blackboard.
Faculty can request e-Reserve items using the e-Reserves Request Form. For Spring 2021, the priority deadline for e-Reserves submissions to be online by the start of classes is January 15.
Copyright Guidelines for Course Reserves are considered in compliance with U.S. Code: Title 17, Section 107 governing Fair Use (see Sec. 107 - Limitations on Exclusive Rights: Fair Use below). Specifically, any reproduction — either photocopied or electronic — of copyrighted material that is placed on reserve will conform to the following:
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include -
Note: The electronic provision of copyright-protected works for library reserve service and distance learning are unsettled areas of the law which may be addressed by judicial decisions and/or legislation. The Milne Library will continually monitor legal developments that may affect the Fair Use analysis of e-reserves to ensure that library services are in compliance with the letter and spirit of the U.S. copyright law.