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FAQ on course reserves for instructors

Copyright

The Library verifies that the readings you requested for your course follow the Copyright Guidelines for Instructors as well as the Library licenses for electronic resources. When a reading exceeds the limits stated in the guidelines, it cannot be posted without seeking copyright permissions. When that happens you will receive an email notice.

Copyright permission is costly and the resources are limited. To reduce the cost, you might want to replace this reading with another one for which we do not need to pay copyright fees. The liaison librarian for your department (https://library.concordia.ca/about/staff/) can help you with this. Just to give you an idea of a cost per reading, a book chapter that is only 10 pages over the 20% limit, might cost over $60 for a class of 50 students.

The Library verifies that the readings you requested for your course follow the Copyright Guidelines for Instructors as well as the Library licenses for electronic resources. Whenever the Library has an electronic resource such as an article, a book, or a book chapter, we link to it rather than providing a PDF. This way, we do not need to pay an additional copyright fee for a resource for which we have already paid the access fee.

Once you have your reading processed in the Course Reserves system, you can add a link to the reading in any document you prepare for your course or in Moodle directly. To do that you will need to copy a permanent link from the item in the Course Reserves system:

For items with PDFs
Click on the item and copy the URL from the "Permanent Link" section of the record. This link will give access only to students that are registered for your course.

Adding permanent links

For items available in the Library's electronic collection
Click on the item to open it and then click on "Edit this Item". This will open the complete record for editing and you will find the permanent link to this electronic resource at the bottom of the form. This link can be shared with anyone at Concordia.

Adding permanent links

More information on permanent links.

The instructor and his designated proxy or a co-teacher will have "instructor's" access to the course allowing them to add, change or remove readings. All students enrolled in a course will have access to view digital readings. Thirty (30) days after the end of exams, the readings will no longer be available to students. Instructors will continue to see the readings for a course they have taught in the past.

All digital readings will be available to your students until 30 days after the end of the exam period. Course textbooks may remain the in Course Reserves Room as long as they are needed for a course.

If you are reusing/cloning items from a last year's course in your current course, the permanent links will work for this year as well. Please remember that inks to PDFs will work only for students who are currently registered for the course.

Example of a PDF permanent link:

http://reserves.concordia.ca/ares/ares.dll/plink?137AEE7A
Updated: Monday 8 February 2021
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