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Course Reserves: Information for Instructors

Print Reserves
Faculty and instructors may put required course readings on reserve in the library, designating a loan period of 2 hours, one day, or one week. In order to process and fill your request as quickly and accurately as possible, we ask that you please:

  • Use the request form provided so the library has all the necessary bibliographic data. Return the completed form to the library or email it to Lillian Lee.
  • Limit your request to a maximum of 20 books or items per course.
  • Submit your request 2-4 weeks in advance of your expected availability date, which allows time to recall materials that may be currently checked out, to secure copies from other campus libraries, and to create catalog records for each item on your list.
  • Allow additional time for any books on your list that are not already owned by a campus library, as they will have to be purchased. Dealing with vendors, processing, and cataloguing new items all add significantly to the time it takes to get a new book on reserve.

Personal Copies
The library also accepts your personal copies of books and pre-assembled course readers for reserve, which we will catalog, track, and return at the end of the semester. (Please be aware that your copies may be returned worn with use). Loaning your personal copies may be the only option in cases where a book is difficult to acquire, no longer available for purchase, or does not fit the library collection profile. Print, fill out and attach the personal reserve form with each personal copy you submit.

Electronic Reserves (bSpace)
bSpace, the UC Berkeley online collaborative learning environment (or course management system) is the recommended space for making e-readings available to your students. Since photocopying and scanning technologies have largely merged, and the library's licensed ejournal collections have seen enormous growth, the library will recommend instructors use bSpace in most cases involving journal articles and individual book chapters.

The Anthropology Library encourages instructors to familiarize themselves with a few basic tools for accessing the extensive collections of e-content we purchase or license in support of research and the curriculum. Publications that you might choose to include in a print course reader or on library reserve shelves may already be available online for linking within bSpace — accessible to students 24/7 and at a cost (just the cost of printing) that is significantly less than the cost of purchasing a print course reader.

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