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Introduction to Electronic Reserve Services

For many years, college and university libraries have been providing course reserve services to support faculty and to provide students wider access to frequently used materials. The “reserve” area may be a special room or simply a reserved collection space behind the circulation desk where faculty may request to place recommended or required readings for their courses. The materials placed on reserve are supplemental and not intended to replace textbooks. Typically, these items have short loan periods so that many students have the opportunity to use them in a brief period of time. Common items for course reserve have been books, photocopies of articles or book chapters, audiovisual materials, and instructor-supplied syllabi, notes, or problem sets. Although a reserve collection provides a greater number of students access to materials, several problems are inherent:

[Haworth co-indexing entry note]: “Introduction to Electronic Reserve Services.” Driscoll, Lori. Co-published simultaneously in Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Information Supply (The Haworth Information Press, an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc.) Vol. 14, No. 1, 2003, pp. 1-5; and: Electronic Reserve: A Manual and Guide for Library Staff Members (Lori Driscoll) The Haworth Information Press, an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc., 2003, pp. 1-5. Single or multiple copies of this article are available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service [1-800-HAWORTH, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (EST). E-mail address: [email protected]].