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Your Health & Safety in the Library
The library resumes regular operation starting Tuesday, July 6.
Let us protect the Nest. After consulting with Franklin County Public Health (FCPH), Otterbein has updated its mask policy to require all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to wear masks in common spaces indoors, including classrooms, the library, and residence halls. This policy is effective Aug. 4, 2021. FCPH has advised that 6 feet of social distancing is not required for individuals who are wearing masks.
Copyright During a Pandemic
Library staff will continue to follow workflows developed during the Spring/Summer 2020 terms. Requests for electronic course reserves will be managed with little deviation from standard practice, including the following steps:
- Seeking out materials that are temporarily or freely available. This may include open access journals, subscription materials in the Libraries’ collections, or the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service program.
- Where necessary and as budgets allow, seeking to purchase or license materials.
- Rely on fair use (17 U.S. Code § 107) to make available through a password-protected system only as much of the material as necessary to support instructors’ pedagogical aims in a way that will not undermine the commercial market. Library staff may be more flexible on a case-by-case basis in evaluating fair use while physical reserves are inaccessible, taking into account factors such as limited access to the commercial market. We will also consider how fair use may receive a broader analysis during the pandemic, according to the Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists.
- At the conclusion of the academic year, it will be necessary to undergo an evaluation of reserve materials to further assess adherence to copyright law; for instance, it may be necessary to make available a smaller portion of a book or journal issue to adhere to fair use.
Special cases: Textbooks
By relying on Sections 108 and 109 of U.S. Copyright Law, the Libraries have long provided access to print copies of textbooks that have been purchased or donated. By doing this, our collections offer an alternative or “backup” for students who may be on campus without a textbook or, in some cases, may not be able to afford to purchase a textbook. Typically, these materials are placed on physical reserve for short-term checkout.
- In consideration of the fair use exception to U.S. copyright law, limited portions of textbooks can be requested through e-reserves. This does not include consumable materials, such as workbooks or lab manuals. All copies will include a copyright notice.
- We recommend that students request only those portions necessary for their course of study.
- If the library owns copies in electronic format, we will not scan it but rather direct users to that library copy.
- Only books that are part of the library collection may be made available.
- Scans of texts are not meant to replace the purchase of materials.
- Access to electronic reserves will be limited to students currently enrolled in the relevant course, and all electronic reserves material digitized from print will be hosted on a secure, password-protected site.
- The system we will use sets viewing limits to the requested content and requires password authentication.
- Copies will be made available for a limited time. On that happy day when the pandemic status ends and quarantine is lifted, all scanned files will be deleted and the special digital access program will cease.
Special cases: Novels & Popular Press Books
- For course required materials that are not textbooks (novels or popular press books), please check our catalog to see if we own an eBook copy.
- If we do not, we strongly recommend making use of our local public libraries to obtain these materials. Public libraries provide digital access to numerous novels and popular press titles via Overdrive or Hoopla. If you do not have a library card for either Westerville Public Library or Columbus Metropolitan Library, both libraries have applications online and will contact you within 48-72 hours with your library account number.
Special cases: Video
As in the case of textbooks, the Libraries have long made film and video collections available via VHS and currently through DVD. U.S. Copyright Law, in Section 110(1), explicitly allows for student viewing of film content in the face-to-face classroom, without any additional licensing cost to the instructor or institution and without requiring each student to rent or purchase the film.
With a rise in online and hybrid courses, instructors and students increasingly need to access film and video in a digital context, a need provided for in Section 107 and Section 110(2). Before and during the COVID crisis, the Libraries have leveraged our resources where feasible to license or purchase streaming media content; however, this option is frequently unavailable altogether or at a reasonable price relative to the Libraries’ materials budget.
Currently, the library is limited in how it can support video on reserve.
- a. Is this video already available on a streaming platform available at Otterbein? The Technical Services Coordinator and/or department liaison can check.
- b. If not, The Technical Services Coordinator will seek to identify a free or reasonably priced licensed copy of the item.
- c. Should a copy be unavailable, the Technical Services Coordinator will let the instructor know if the requested video has streaming access through a subscription service or pay per view.
- d. If a video is completely unavailable, the library liaison along with the Technical Services Coordinator will assist in looking for possible alternatives.
- e. If we do not own a copy, we strongly recommend making use of our local public libraries to obtain these materials. Public libraries provide digital access to numerous novels and popular press titles via Hoopla. If you do not have a library card for either Westerville Public Library or Columbus Metropolitan Library, both libraries have applications online and will contact you within 48-72 hours with your library account number.
As always, Library personnel will continue to assist instructors in understanding the legal use of online video content from YouTube or other sources.
Note: this document relies heavily on the work shared from the University of Florida Course Reserves page, accessed 7/20/2020