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The PCOM O. J. Snyder Memorial Library Course Reserve collection, in both print and electronic formats supports the instructional requirements of specific courses including those that deliver materials via the web based course software, Blackboard. This collection, which changes each term, includes both copyrighted material (such as book chapters and journal articles) and uncopyrighted material (such as sample tests and lecture notes supplied by faculty members).
Copyrighted material included in Course Reserve may be covered by the fair use provisions of the U.S. Copyright Act (Section 107).
Faculty members are responsible for securing copyright permission for materials not covered by Fair Use.
In accordance with the American Library Association "Model Policy Concerning College and University Photocopying for Classroom, Research and Library Reserve Use", faculty members are reminded that:
  • Material placed on reserve for succeeding terms is not covered by fair use.
  • Copying shall not be used to create or to replace anthologies, compilations or collective works.
  • Copying shall not substitute for the purchase of books, publisher's reprints or periodicals.
PCOM Library Copyright Guidelines

Currently, there is no limit placed on the number of items that faculty members can place on Electronic Reserves. However, each item should be no more than twenty pages in length.  Items longer than 20 pages may pose downloading problems for some people.
An example of the fair use provisions (Part VB of the Copyright Act 1968) is limiting photocopies taken from a book to only 10% of the book. Amount is measured both quantitatively and qualitatively. One may reproduce only a small portion of any work, but still take the "heart of the work", and be in violation of fair use.  Quantitative guidelines permit:
  • Single chapter from a book.
  • Single article from a journal issue.
  • Several charts, graphs, illustrations.
  • Other similarly parts of a work.