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Course Reserve Materials

Accessing Reserve Items

Many professors at Seminole State place course support materials on reserve for their students. These materials may be from the library's collection, or they may come from the instructor's personal collection.

Course reserves are listed as "Reserves" in the LINCCWeb online catalog and are kept at the Information Services Desk (ISD) at the instructor's specified campus library. To access these resources, students must present their Blue & Gold Card to the ISD staff and request the item(s) by course name/number. An ISD staff member will tell students how long they can use each item and whether it can be removed from the library.

Placing Materials on Reserve

Faculty members may place library or personal materials on reserve for a designated period of time by completing a Library Course Reserve Request Form and submitting it to the ISD staff at the Sanford/Lake Mary, Oviedo, Altamonte Springs or Heathrow Campus. Faculty members must complete a reserve request form before placing items on reserve. Faculty may select the academic year of choice on the form to cover more than one term of consecutive use. The library follows appropriate copyright compliance laws and guidelines for all materials that are handled.

Take this copyright quiz to test your knowledge of the copyright reserve principles. Contact Patricia DeSalvo, dean of Libraries and Learning Technology, if you have questions.

Instructors should make their reserve requests at least two weeks in advance of the start of classes each term to give the library staff ample time to process the library materials and place them on the course reserve shelves. Requests will be processed in the order they are received. Requests for materials to be relocated to another campus will be given consideration but should be made at least three weeks ahead of intended use. Arrangements will be discussed with the requestor.

Library materials will be placed back in the collection at the end of the designated reserve period. Faculty members are required to pick up any personal items as soon as the reserve period ends to make room for new course reserves on the shelves.

Here are some things for faculty to consider when placing a reserve request:

  • If library materials are pulled to be placed on reserve, remember that they are kept from others who would want to check them out until released back into the general collection.
  • Your personal materials will be handled responsibly, but damage and/or loss may occur.
  • Stipulate a time frame for student use and whether the materials may be removed from the library or must be used in-house.
  • Be sure to place materials on reserve for an amount of time commensurate with the needs of the particular program or course.
  • Library staff will contact professors if their reserve materials go primarily unused to determine whether the materials should be pulled from the shelves and placed back in the collection for others to access.

Library-owned materials, or materials personally owned by the requestor, placed on reserve must be copyright compliant. Seminole State copyright compliance guidelines for Library Reserve Services are based on:

  • The four factors outlined in Section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law used in determining whether a particular use is fair use:
    1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
    2. The nature of the copyrighted work
    3. Amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
    4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

For more information on placing materials on Course Reserves for students, contact a campus library:

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