What are they?
Electronic reserves (e-reserves) are assigned course readings, notes, exams, etc. that are accessible through the Internet. Items placed on electronic reserves consist of direct links to online resources, electronic files, as well as “copies” of material that are either scanned into PDF format by library technicians or provided by the instructor in one of the following formats: ASCII for text (without hard returns), RTF (rich text format), PS (PostScript), EPS (Encapsulated PostScript), PDF (Portable Document Format), DOC (Microsoft Word), JPEG, MP3, MP4. Advantages of electronic reserves include the ability to access material from home or campus without waiting for borrowed material to be returned and without the frustration of missing pages that may occur with photocopies.
How do they work?
Reserves staff will locate persistent links for items that are available through online resources. Items that are not available through online resources must be converted to digital files to be made available as E-reserves. In order for reserves staff to scan paper materials, instructors must provide clean photocopies on 8"X11" paper of each reading to be scanned for E-reserves. Once linking information has been gathered and/or material has been digitized, the information is entered into Blackboard (Bb). Instructors are not required to maintain a Bb shell to use E-reserves.
How do my students access them?
Students access electronic reserves by logging into Bb using their link blue account. Once in Bb, students will click on Content Collection/Libraries/Ereserves/Your Course Folder.
Reserves staff will also provide instructors with a persistent link to their E-reserves. Instructors may opt to place this link in the E-reserves tab located in their Bb shell to allow students to access E-reserves from the main course page.
For students' convenience, a link to the Bb login screen is also provided through the Course Reserve Search option found in InfoKat.
Are there restrictions?
Like paper reserves, copyright restrictions do apply to “copies” of material placed on electronic reserve. Always provide complete citations for reserve material so we can assess readings for fair use and obtain permissions when possible. See our Copyright tab for more information regarding these policies.
How do I submit an E-reserve request?
Complete a Course Reserve Form and choose the E-RESERVES option at the top of the form. Provide complete citations for all material to be placed on reserve, and for online resources that are not available through the UK Library, please provide the URL as well. Provide clean, 8 ½ X 11 inch photocopies of material to be scanned; photocopies may be duplexed. Please keep in mind that shading on photocopies intensifies during scanning and can make electronic files difficult or impossible to read.
Submit the completed reserve form and any reserve materials at the Young Library Circulation desk or send them by campus mail or an email attachment to:
Whitney Ivey, Head of Reserves
University of Kentucky
1-50-4 Young Library
Lexington, KY 40506-0456