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E-Reserves: Overview of the LibGuides E-Reserves module

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The E-Reserves module allows you to manage your electronic reserves content within LibGuides. Not only will LibGuides provide your students with an easy-to-use interface for browsing and searching your course materials, but you can also integrate your e-reserves content within your guides and even your LMS.

  • Create and manage a wide array of e-reserve items directly within your LibGuides site
    • Your students can easily locate all required readings in one place
    • Faculty can submit new e-reserves content using the built-in online request form
  • Upload your own documents or link to documents in your existing databases
    • Supports uploading of most file types, such as .pdf, Word, Excel, .jpeg, etc.
      • Your E-Reserves system comes with 10GB of total storage. Need more? Contact our Springy Sales Team for more information!
      • Note: Files uploaded to E-Reserves are secure. The only way that an end-user can access files that have been uploaded to E-Reserves is from the E-Reserves course page. URLs to files do not work outside of the module.
    • If your databases support persistent linking, you can use these to directly link to the documents that students need
    • Add a password to restrict access
    • Reuse existing items from course to course
  • Organize your content by course and term
    • Documents, database links, and book records can be displayed together
    • Place your items in folders to help keep your course organized
    • Use terms to automatically change the visibility of courses
  • Manage copyright and restrict access to course content
    • You can track and manage the copyright status of each item in your courses
    • You can restrict access to all of your e-reserves content by IP address, or use LibAuth to require users to authenticate before viewing course material
  • Integrate e-reserves content into your learning management system (LMS)
    • With the LibApps LTI tool, you can embed your e-reserves directly into each course page in Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, Sakai, D2L, and other LMSes
    • This provides students with easy access to content without having to leave the LMS
How do I add E-Reserves to my LibGuides system? E-Reserves is available as an add-on to your existing LibGuides subscription. Contact our Springy Sales Team to request a quote and free trial.

How can students access LibGuides E-Reserves?

Search for e-reserves from your LibGuides homepage

If you have the E-Reserves box added to your LibGuides homepage, your students can search your E-Reserves content by course number, course name, or instructor!

Search results will display on the E-Reserves homepage.

E-reserves homepage box

The E-Reserves homepage

With your E-Reserves module, an E-Reserves homepage is automatically created. You can access your E-Reserves homepage by adding /er.php to the end of your LibGuides URL. For example: springylib.libguides.com/er.php

E-reserves homepage

This page allows your students to browse all of your E-Reserve course offerings by course name, instructor, or term; or search for a course by keyword. Each tab has its own URL, so you can link directly to it. Just click on the tab and copy the URL from your browser!

Users can use the search box to look up a course by name or instructor. If enabled in your E-Reserves settings, they can also search for individual items.

E-Reserves search results

Viewing a course page

Each course you create has its own public page, giving students access to all of the course's materials in one central location!

e-reserves course page

Adding a course page to a guide

In addition to viewing a course's own public page, you can also embed the course in a guide as its own page. This will display just like any other page in your guide, except that it will display the e-reserves content for that course. If you already have a guide supporting a specific course, adding the e-reserves course page can be a helpful integration for your users.

E-reserves page in a guide

Display content in your LMS using the LTI Tool

E-Reserves subscribers have access to the LibApps LTI Tool, which allows you to embed E-Reserves courses inside of your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, Moodle, Sakai, etc.). Embedding an E-Reserves Course means that the course page appears in your LMS almost exactly as it appears on your LibGuides site / within a guide page. Learn more about displaying E-Reserves content using the Single-Course LTI tool or the Automagic LTI tool.


Configure E-Reserves settings

Admin users and Regular users with the Manage E-Reserves permission can customize your LibGuides E-Reserves settings. These options can be found by going to Content > E-Reserves and clicking on the Settings tab.

The E-Reserves Settings page

On this page, you'll be able to configure:

  • General settings, including the copyright statement on your public pages, and whether a password and proxy are enabled by default for courses and items
  • E-Reserves pages customization settings, including the default list view and side-bar boxes
  • E-Reserves request form settings, including the user terms, notification recipients, and form password
  • Authentication settings, allowing you to set a default LibAuth configuration for new courses
  • Search settings, allowing you to control whether individual items appear in public search results alongside courses

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Manage copyright statuses

Assigning copyright statuses to items can help you determine whether or not an item can be used in a course. Admin users and Regular users with the Manage E-Reserves permission can add statuses by going to Content > E-Reserves and clicking on the Copyright tab.

The E-Reserves Copyright page

Before you begin, you may find it helpful to map out your typical copyright workflow to create statuses that work best for your library. Some examples might include:

  • Public domain
  • Permission pending
  • Permission paid
  • Permission denied

Once you've created your statuses, users be able to assign them to course items.

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