Queen's University

e-Reserves will improve access to course materials

 
2013-07-11

By Craig Leroux, Senior Communications Officer

Beginning this fall, students and faculty using Moodle will be able to take advantage of a convenient new e-reserve service offered by the Library that provides access to both electronic and print course materials for students.

“The new e-reserve service extends the Library’s print reserve service, allowing students to log into their course pages in Moodle and download their readings in just a few clicks,” says Michael Vandenburg, Associate University Librarian.

Katie Legere, Systems Coordinator at the library, operates the high speed book scanner as Kim Bell, Reserve Services Co-ordinator, looks on.

While faculty are able to manage the entire e-reserve process themselves, the Library also offers a full service option to locate and post course materials to the e-reserve system for instructors. If book chapters are required, a new high-speed book scanner is used to produce high quality scans in a fraction of the time taken by a traditional flatbed scanner or photocopier.

Mark Swartz, the library’s copyright specialist, points out added benefits for faculty and students. “When we prepare reserve materials we ensure that all copyright and accessibility requirements are met,” says Mr. Swartz. “Library staff are here to make the reserve process as easy as possible for both faculty and students, so they can focus their time on teaching and learning.”

Although the e-reserve system will initially be available only to courses using Moodle, the Library is working to expand the service to the other learning management systems (LMS) used as Queen’s, as well as to instructors who are not using an LMS.

For more information and to get your fall 2013 course e-reserves started, visit the e-reserve system webpage or contact Mark Swartz by email or at 613-533-6000, x78510.

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