Several weeks prior to each semester, Tisch Library e-mails reserve letters to all faculty identifying submission dates for ordering materials for reserve and for submitting reserve lists for processing. (the current reserve letter online for reference).
All reserve lists received by the identified deadline are ready for the start of classes.
The library recommends that faculty use the following guidelines:
Library books: a maximum of 25 library-owned titles per course using a 1 copy to 25 students ratio.
Personal copies: 1 copy to 25 students ratio.
Binders: 1 copy to 20 students ratio (Binders are non-copyrighted material, e.g. homework or test solutions).
Photocopies: 1 copy to 20 students ratio for each title. The library does not limit the number of individual photocopied titles submitted for course reserve. Faculty members supply all photocopies.
All personal copies, photocopies and the contents from binders are returned to faculty at the end of the semester.
Textbooks can be placed on reserve as a faculty personal copy. As a general policy, the library does not purchase textbooks. Exceptions will be made on a case-to-case basis for those textbooks that have special value as a state-of-art presentation.
Faculty should consult with subject bibliographers before recommending a textbook purchase for course reserve.
All requests for media course reserves and streaming video are processed in order by date received.
The Tisch Media Center provides a streaming video service for media course reserves. In accordance with copyright policy, only library owned video collection materials may be digitized for course reserves as required viewing for a course.
Titles not owned by the library can be requested for purchase to support media course reserves.
Personal copies owned by faculty teaching the course will not be digitized.
Digitized course materials can be linked to a faculty Blackboard account for viewing by the students enrolled in the class. Access to the digitized materials will be disabled at the conclusion of the course.
The University’s Policy on Fair Use of Copyrighted materials advises the Tufts Community to be mindful of copyright restrictions imposed by the copyright laws as well as the rights conferred by the fair use exemption to the copyright laws. We are expected to comply with these laws.
A Fair Use website supplies guidance in compliance by providing the policy on fair use, pertinent FAQ’s, statutes and guidelines, links to other fair use websites and tutorials.
In addition, Tisch Library created a web page with links to tools, such as Ulrich’s, for publisher contact information; recommendations for obtaining publisher permissions; an all-purpose sample publisher permission letter that can be used by faculty members to obtain permissions from publishers; and retention of copyright.
Please use the Form for routine purchase request:
Humanities Bibliographer & Coordinator of Special Collections