Course Reserves Policy
The USNH Copyright guidelines are in the Faculty Handbook. See the section on "Intellectual Property: Copyright Compliance." Mason Library will obtain Copyright permission through Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) for any articles being placed on Course Reserve that do not fall under "Fair Use." Questions regarding Course Reserves should be directed to the Head of Access Services, Lois Merry (603-358-2738), or regarding Copyright, to the Dean of the Library, Irene Herold (603-358-2723).
Forms: Available at the Circulation Desk or on the library website (Reserve Request Form). Submit the request form electronically or print and bring to the circulation desk.
Citations: A full citation must be clearly visible on each Reserve item.
Loan Periods: 1-hour and 3-hour reserves are In Library Use. 1-day, 3-day, 7-day reserves are not restricted.
Copyright Compliance: Beginning in Spring 2007, Mason Library will obtain permission through Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) to place articles that do not fall under "Fair Use" on course reserves.
Availability for Reserve: Books, videos, DVDs, CDs and all other items from Mason Library's circulating collections may be placed on reserve. Your own items (personal copies) may be placed on reserve. Photocopied articles, book chapters, etc, may be placed on reserve.
End of Semester: All Mason Library-owned items will be returned to the shelves. All faculty-owned items (books, photocopies) should be picked up at the end of the semester. You will be notified when they are ready.
Course Reserves FAQ
Q. Is there a form I should fill out?
A. Yes. The Circulation Desk provides forms or you can find them on the Mason Library website (Reserve Request Form). Download Excel spreadsheet and bring back to the Circulation desk, or email back.
Q. What kind of "lead time" does the Library need
before I assign these materials to my students?
A. Please allow 48 hours for processing. Check the "Course Reserves" link on the library website http://www.keene.edu/library/ to see whether they are ready. Course reserves are processed as quickly as possible in the order in which they are received.
Q. What information must I provide for Reserve materials?
A. Each copy (book, media, or article) must contain a complete citation. In the case of an entire book, video, or recording, that information is generally part of the "package."
Q. What must I do to satisfy copyright requirements for reserves?
A. Provide a complete citation for all published materials you are placing on reserve. The library will obtain copyright permission through Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) for Articles (only) that do not fall under "Fair Use." You must continue to obtain copyright permission for portions of books, etc. as outlined in Publisher's Permission and Copyright section below.
Q. Do I need a citation for all materials?
A. Only for materials that have been published, but not for materials prepared or developed by you for use by your class, such as sample exams, lecture notes, etc., or for materials in the public domain, such as government reports.
Q. Is there a copyright "rule-of-thumb" regarding photocopies?
A. "Spontaneity, brevity, and cumulative effect" are the key words to remember. Consult the Faculty Handbook section on "Institutional Policies: Copyright Compliance."
Q. May I photocopy a workbook or test sheets that my students then fill out to turn in to me?
A. No. "Consumable" (e.g., workbooks or test sheets) items may not be copied and placed on Reserve.
Q. May I carry photocopies forward to the next semester?
A. Yes. Please inform us by noting that fact on the Course Reserve Request Form.
Q. May I use photocopies of articles as a substitute for a course textbook?
A. No. Photocopies must be supplementary and not a substitute for a textbook.
Q. May I place coursepacks on reserve?
A. No. The KSC Bookstore (Helen Babonis, 603-358-2137) can help you prepare coursepacks for your students to purchase. Or, you can contact XanEdu directly: http://www.xanedu.com
Q. May I donate a course pack to the Library?
A. No. The Library does not collect course packs. You may place a personal copy on Reserve only for the semester for which copyright permission has been granted.
Q. How many different items may I place on Reserve per course?
A. We do not impose limits, however some universities and colleges suggest limiting photocopies to "no more than 9" based on realistic expectations of actual usage. We recommend limiting your reserve items to no more than 25 per course. The circulation department can provide statistics on an item's actual use after the semester ends. Contact Lois Merry, Head of Access Services (603-358-2738) about this issue.
Q.How many copies of the same article may I place on Reserve for a large class?
A.We recommend one copy for every 25 students in a class. You should keep your own "master copy" as a back-up. Copies do get lost (or students fail to return them).
Q. May I put InterLibrary Loan materials on Reserve?
A. Books and Videos - NO. Books and videos borrowed from other libraries are not eligible for Reserve. (Books needed to supplement your course should be purchased by Mason Library). Photocopied articles - YES. Please provide a complete citation when submitting an article for reserve.
Q. The Library owns a journal and I want my students to read articles in the journal. May I copy the articles and place them on Reserve?
A. No. Our journals do not circulate and therefore need not be placed on Reserve. Students are free to make their own photocopies for study purposes. You may also wish to copy the article for your own use.
Publisher's Permission and Copyright
Q.When is the publisher's permission needed?
Single photocopy, one semester............No
Single copy, multiple semesters.............Yes
Multiple copies, one semester................No
Multiple copies, multiple semesters........Yes
Anthologies (single or multiple copies).....Yes, from all publishers who have works in the anthology
Copyright permission is not needed for these Reserve materials:
BOOKS OR MEDIA - owned by Library
BOOKS OR MEDIA - faculty personal copies
WORKS PUBLISHED before 1924
U.S. GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS (generally in public domain)
COURSE NOTES, QUIZZES, HOMEWORK SOLUTIONS, etc. that are faculty-generated
Q. How do I go about securing copyright permission?
A. For articles only, Mason Library will seek permission. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to secure this permission in all other cases as necessary. More information is available on the Library website in the Law Guide.
Policy Updated: December 2010