Materials placed on reserve will be for non-commercial, educational use by the students. Reserve items should not replace the purchase of textbooks or other course material. Instructors should limit the reserve copy to a small portion of the entire work. The following items are considered to be within fair use:
When possible, the materials used for reserve will be purchased or licensed by the library.
As a rule, single articles or short book excerpts may be placed on reserve on Blackboard with the understanding that access to the Blackboard course is restricted to only those enrolled in the course and the material is not intended to be used more than one semester. For more information see Using Electronic Reserves: Guidelines and Best Practices for Copyright Compliance.
The vast majority of these products are available to Alvernia under the terms of license agreements. These contracts determine how each electronic journal or database can be used. License terms override copyright law where they differ. Generally, it is acceptable to use one article per issue and to put it on electronic reserve for only one semester. Using more than one article per issue, or using an article for more than one semester, would require permission from the publisher. Linking to a database or an e-journal from a course page is generally allowed and is the recommended method for providing online information content. EbscoHost, JStor and others of our licensed databases often provide a “persistent link” or a “stable URL” which you may copy and paste onto your course page which will allow the student to access the article directly.
Saving the content (even a single article) from a database or an e-journal and reposting it in an open access (i.e. non-password-controlled) environment which can be accessed by those not in the class is prohibited. Reposting even in a password controlled environment may or may not be allowed. Contact the Library Director to help you determine whether the e-journal or database from which you wish to post content allows it.
Decisions on copyright and fair use rest with the individual responsible for the relevant activity. In this case, it is the instructor. However, the library reserves the right not to place an item on reserve if they judge that the nature, scope, or extent of the copied material is beyond the reasonable limits of fair use. In order to make this determination, full bibliographic information (author, title, journal title or book publisher, and date) must accompany the reserve request.