Using electronic reserve or a course management system is a convenient way to distribute course materials to students. At Kenyon, we offer two password-protected options for posting course items: E-Reserves and Moodle. Note: If you were an ERes user we have moved to a new platfrom as Docutek Eres will no longer be supported. Springshare E-Reserves is the new platform for supporting electronic reserves along with Moodle. The page display is slightly different but most features work the same as ERes. The Springshare E-Reserves can also be associated with your course LibGuides.
Submit a request to post material to E-Reserves or Moodle or read on for more information on digital course materials and LBIS.
What are the options?
E-Reserves is Kenyon's electronic reserve system. It allows for the sharing of files between the instructor and students in a given course. Many files types are supported, including images, word processing files, and audio files. It can also be linked to your course LibGuides. Most often, ERes is used to provide pdfs of required readings, or persistent links to journal articles.
Moodle is Kenyon's course management system. For a full description, please see the LBIS Moodle page. For the purpose of disseminating digital course materials, Moodle is much more robust than the electronic reserve system, in terms of the variety of features and level of control it provides the professor to modify page layout, add different elements, etc.
Both of these options are easily accessible by students, and provide a way to share assigned course materials, such as a chapter of a book or journal article. The Access Services team in LBIS can help with things like scanning readings and posting files to E-Reserves or Moodle. You can submit a request to post readings using this form.
How do I make sure I'm in compliance with copyright guidelines?
The easiest way is to submit a request to Access Services in the library using this form. Even if you prefer to scan and post your own documents, we can handle the permissions. We take several factors into account when determining whether or not a use will require permission. It is important to note that the educational nature of these materials is only one factor, and that it must be weighed with the other aspects of a fair use evaluation (amount used, nature of work, etc.) All faculty are asked to review the Copyright Guidelines. Using the "Fair Use Analysis" is helpful in determining if an item falls with "Fair Use".
For More Information Contact:
Joan Nielson, Nielsonj@kenyon.edu / Manager of Access Services - Days
Jennifer Beck, Beckjm@kenyon.edu / Library Services Supervisor -Evenings