CHAPTER ONE Course Reserves: An Overview Academic library course reserve services provide instructors and students with short-term access to required and supplementary course learning mate- rials in support of the educational mission of the institution, including teach- ing, research, and the creation of new scholarship. McCaslin (2001, 53) tells us that reserve services draw their name from the fact that libraries set aside or ‘reserve’ certain materials from the general library collection to help ensure students can access them for use in their courses. Reserve materials can include books book chapters articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly periodicals motion pictures and audiovisual works sound record- ings and music. Types of Reserve Services Presently, there are three primary types of reserve services offered by aca- demic libraries: (1) print reserves, (2) electronic reserves, and (3) media reserves. Print Reserves Also known as hard copy reserves or just course reserves, this service provides instructors and students with access to physical copies of works such as books, Digital Video Discs (DVDs), and compact discs (CDs), usually from a designated area within the library (e.g., a reserve room) or at a specific service point (e.g., the circulation or reference desk).
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