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Faculty Services: Reserves

Contact Information

Circulation/Reserve

Phone: 251-460-7028
email: lib.res@southalabama.edu

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Phone: 251-460-7938
email: webref@southalabama.edu

General Information

An inventory of your Course Reserve material is recommended each semester. We want to help you keep your reserve files as current as possible. Since the Reserve books/media are in closed stacks with limited charge-out periods, they are not readily available to all library users. Please help us make them available by canceling Course Reserve Materials when they are no long required for your class(es).

Reserve materials will be processed as they are received. Please allow five (5) working days for circulation staff to process items for reserve.

NOTE: The Biomedical Library and the Mitchell College of Business Library have their own reserve guidelines.

Materials That Can Be Placed on Reserve

The Marx Library can place the following types of materials on Reserve:

  1. Books
  2. Media (CDs, DVDs, etc)
  3. Book Chapters
  4. Tests
  5. Lectures
  6. Original Compositions by faculty or students
  7. Class Syllabi
  8. Interlibrary Loan policy prohibits the Marx Library from placing books or materials borrowed from other libraries on reserve.

It is common practice for faculty to place personal copies of books and other materials on Reserve. Please note that barcodes and labels will be applied to these items.

E-Reserves Policy

Beginning June 2016, the Marx Library no longer will subscribe to a stand-alone E-reserve program (Docutek).  Placing items on E-reserve can be accomplished with the assistance of your liaison librarian.  A list of liaison librarians is below.  Items previously placed in Docutek have been exported as hyperlinked reference lists and delivered to relevant liaison librarians.

During the transition from Docutek to using Sakai for E-reserves, the hyperlinked reference lists can also be acquired by contacting Anita (radcliffsmith@southalabama.edu) in the Marx Library Circulation department.

To place new items on e-reserves for your course, follow the instructions below.

1.  Search the library’s resources to see if the Marx Library provides access to the article(s).

  • If the Marx Library owns it, copy the permanent link (PURL) for the document and paste it into your Sakai course site.
    • Alternately, you may want to include a reference list with the citations and PURLs when you upload your syllabus to Sakai.
  • If the Marx Library does not own it, initiate an interlibrary loan request through your ILLIAD account.  When the document is available in ILLIAD, upload the article as an attachment to Resources (or your preferred location) in your Sakai coursesite. http://libguides.southalabama.edu/ill

2.  Alternate method – coordinate your E-reserves needs with your liaison librarian.

Copyright Restrictions

We cannot scan an entire book for Electronic Reserve; however, the entire book may be placed on Course Reserve for in-library use or for checkout. Items can remain on Reserve for no longer than one semester. We can take them off Reserve and put them on the next semester, but they must be taken off Reserve between semesters to comply with Copyright law.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law.