Changes to Library E-Reserves service

The Libraries have discontinued the service of posting digitized copies of articles and book chapters in Blackboard, allowing faculty the freedom to manage their own curricular content. The Libraries will continue offering reserves for print books and videos, as well as e-reserves for audio materials.

This decision is based on changing patterns in the use of Library course reserves. In recent years, use of the e-reserves service has dropped dramatically. Total requests have decreased by 54 percent and the number of faculty using e-reserves has decreased by 35 percent. The Library’s research shows there are numerous reasons for the decline, including faculty’s widespread adoption and use of the Blackboard course management system for posting course readings, linking to library-licensed academic content, and other materials.

Detailed instructions for posting articles and other such items in Blackboard are available at Library subject specialists and the AskUs service are also available to assist faculty in making this transition. Most copyright questions are answered in the Copyright Guide. In addition, Online Learning Services offers support for faculty in their use of Blackboard and other technology tools.

For more information, contact Melinda Dermody at

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