e-Reserves will improve access to course materials
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.
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.