What are Reserves?
Supplementary class materials and other documents of interest to the Knox Community are permitted on library reserve. Items can be placed on Reserve by faculty, staff, and students. There are two types of reserves:
These materials are stored behind the circulation desk and may be checked out with a valid ID for the time specified by the instructor. Available circulation periods: 2,3,4 or 24 hour. A maximum of two reserves may be checked out at one time. Reserves may be renewed once (in person, online, or by phone). Closed reserves may be taken out of the library. This is the most utilized type of reserve. This is best used for required readings or film viewing
These materials are located on open shelves near the circulation desk in Seymour Library and may not leave the library. Students may browse the collection and use books anywhere in the library. This choice works well when many students may need to consult the same books, but they don't all have a reading do the same day. For example if students are writing papers on similar topics.
How to Place Items on Reserve
Option #1: Send your liaison a list of items (books, films or articles) you want on reserve and a copy of your syllabus We will then pull the items, fill out the forms, and place these on reserve for you. To do this, please include the following information to your liaison :
Notes: Films can only go on reserve in Seymour Library, even if they are for SMC Courses. Open Reserves can only be kept in Seymour Library, though we can include SciLib titles
Option #2: Collect the books, fill out the forms, drop them and a copy of your syllabus off at the Seymour or SMC circulation desks.
You can print Reserve Request Forms; These also available at the Library circulation desk. Fill out one form for each item.
You can do this yourself, ask a faculty secretary to do it, or ask a student worker for the department to do it.
Please make sure there is a copy of your syllabus to turn in with the reserves. Please fill out these forms as completely as possible. A full citation is necessary to place the item accurately on reserve. It is also helpful to list the way in which the item is referred to on the syllabus. This allows library staff to better assist students with locating materials. It is suggested that you list full citations on your syllabus.
The reserve will be processed and placed “on reserve” within 24 hours.
At term end, all reserve materials not needed during the succeeding term will be returned to the instructor. If you wish materials to remain on reserve, be sure to indicate this on the reserve form.
Alternatives to Traditional Reserves
The Knox libraries discourage the use of electronic reserves through the Knox Library Catalog because of potential copyright issues. A copying instance is much more likely to be considered Fair Use by a judge if the copying is done by an individual rather than an institution or group.
An Alternative - Using Moodle, Google Classroom, Google Drive, or another restricted access site.
Posting pdfs, created by following fair use guidelines, to a course site, restricted to only students, is a much better alternative than electronic library reserves. This environment allows access to the readings to be limited to the intended class audience, and providing that kind of restricted access is necessarily in complying with the fair use guidelines. See the College's fair use policy page for more information.
Fair Use Guidelines Still Apply
The limited access environment of Moodle, Google Classroom, or Google Drive does not mean that any reading can be posted. Any pdf copies made and posted to must be made according to fair use guidelines (see the box on the right for more information and also visit the College's fair use policy page). Otherwise, you have made the copy illegally.
Sometimes faculty have been misinformed and think that anything that is for an educational purpose or classroom use constitutes fair use under copyright law. But this is not the case. Fair use applies 4 factors to any copying decision, and the use of the copy is only one of those factors. You are required to weigh all 4 factors, and determine if your intended copy leans towards fair use or not.