Copyright -- Reserves


A review of reserve photocopy requests at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in academic 1978-79 showed thatgratis copying permission was granted in 311 of 358 cases. Furthermore, 18 responses indicated that permission was not needed for reserve/classroom use, and 3 blanket permissions were granted for reserve purposes.               (Source)

        Ibid…. showed thatduring academic 1978-79, 135 hours of staff time were required to request copyright permission for 361 articles requested for reserve.                    (Source)

        Ibid…. showed thatthe degree to which articles cluster in a few journals was limited. Out of 361 requested articles, 91 were found in 4 periodical titles, while 103 were in 1 periodical title each.       (Source)

A 1981 survey of reserve room copyright policies in institutions of higher education in Virginia (survey size: 44; responding: 37 or 84.1%) showed that33 (89.2%) used either fair use (section 107) or the associated “Guidelines for Classroom Copying” as the basis for reserve room photocopying policies.             (Source)

        Ibid…. showed that28 (75.7%) libraries accepted 1 fair use copy for reserve without author permission, including 13 (35.1% of the total) that allowed further additional copies with permission of the author, 7 (18.9% of the total) that permitted additional copies without author permission, and 8 (21.6% of the total) that permitted only the 1 fair use copy. Of the remaining 9, 4 (10.8%) reported that the instructor assumed responsibility for copyright compliance and accepted all copies placed on reserve by the instructor with little or no restriction; 3 (8.1%) followed the “Guidelines of Classroom Copying” permitting a set number of copies depending on the number of students in the class; and 1 (2.7%) allowed 1 copy only regardless of circumstances. 1 library did not respond to the question.                 (Source)

        Ibid…. showed that28 (75.7%) respondents reported no restrictions concerning the number of terms copyrighted material could be placed on reserve, while 9 (24.3%) restricted copyright materials to 1 term on reserve only.                   (Source)

        Ibid…. showed that28 (75.7%) respondents reported that the instructor was the party required to seek permission for making multiple copies of copyrighted material, while 8 (21.6%) respondents reported that the library staff was the party required to request copyright releases.                    (Source)

        Ibid…. showed that35 (94.6%) respondents accepted material for reserve that was not necessarily from the library collection, while 2 (5.4%) restricted reserve collections to materials from their own library.                        (Source)

Dr. David Kohl

 "Libraries in the digital age are experiencing the most profound transformation since ancient Mesopotamian scribes first began gathering and organizing cuneiform tablets."

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