ReservesEXpress will be retired at the end of the Fall 2013 semester.
The ReservesExpress online system will be scaled down over the next academic year. The ReservesExpress system has been up and running for 15 years but the software and hardware are nearing the end of their useful lives. This summer and fall the library will be working with faculty and instructors to migrate their REX files and links to Blackboard Learn. In addition, the library will be working with CELT and ITS to develop training and explore technology support for your future scanning needs. Beginning Spring semester 2014, the library will no longer process or accept electronic reserves. We will continue to have a physical reserve service for books, DVDs and items which cannot be digitized.
Please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like assistance in preparing for this change.
ReservesEXpress is Helmke Library's course reserve service, providing student access to supplementary course materials assigned by faculty. The electronic format gives students access to their reserve readings 24 hours a day, seven days a week from home or campus computers. The system also provides usage data to faculty and assures a secure system for managing copyrighted materials.
Items are scanned and made available online unless copyright restrictions or format limitations prevent digitization or accessibility for students with disabilities. Books, DVDs and other physical items may be made available for checkout.
Materials are processed in the order of receipt and may be submitted at any time during the semester. Due to the large number of items submitted at the beginning of each semester, we suggest the following lead times to allow adequate processing time
Please note that there is a limit of 25 items total per course reserve per semester (including all additions and deletions).
All reserves requests must be submitted electronically.
Fair use of copyrighted material will be followed for all reserve materials, whether or not they are digitized on ReservesEXpress. In general, first use is fair use. Instructors are responsible for seeking and managing copyright permissions when required. Consult the library's ReservesEXpress Copyright FAQ for information about obtaining copyright permissions. A sample letter to request copyright permission is also available here. As the instructor you must present the letter granting permission to use copyrighted materials to a Service Desk supervisor. The letter will be scanned and returned to you for your file. The library is not responsible for any copyright royalty fees.
Safeguarding personal items is a primary concern of Service Desk staff. However, the library cannot assume liability for damage to or loss of an instructor's personal property. University regulations do not allow us to charge students for damage or loss of non-university property.
Electronic materials not owned by the library in printed format may not be scanned but they may be linked to ReservesEXpress from a licensed database. Library staff will link to the available page image (PDF) copies of specific articles whenever possible. In some cases, however, durable links to electronic copies of journal articles cannot be established. In this case, instructors are advised to provide linking information to students on their syllabus or eLearning pages.
Links to Web pages may be added to ReservesEXpress. Instructors are responsible for providing complete Web addresses and maintaining them. eLearning is a preferred option for these materials.
Instructors who prefer to use eLearning may link to library databases using EZProxy. In order to link to resources for off-campus users, the following text must be included at the beginning of a URL:
For example, a link to EBSCO Academic Search Premier will look like:
Purdue's Web Accessibility Policy requires that "all new and redesigned Web pages published by a Purdue University college, department, program or unit" must conform to standards established for complying with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d). Purdue's interpretation of the new guidelines affects the materials that may be scanned into REX.
To comply with Section 508 guidelines, anything to be scanned for reserves must be machine readable to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities. Scanning software uses OCR (optical character recognition) to provide transcripts of the text which can then be translated to audio files for the sight-impaired. Many artifacts of scanning prevent intelligible OCR transcripts. The following are new guidelines for submitting materials to be scanned for REX.
Printing Services offers a course pack service. Contact them by telephone, 481-6801, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Commercial course pack companies, such as XanEdu.com may also be used.
Materials more appropriate for course packs include:
Materials generally more appropriate for delivery through eLearning include:
Students may use any IPFW or home/office computer to access ReservesEXpress from the Helmke Library's homepage.
No special passwords are required for ReservesEXpress. Students log in using their IPFW computer usernames and passwords and will only have access to their current courses.
Students who have not activated their accounts may do so using my.ipfw.edu .
The ReservesEXpress system will notify students when an item is not available online, but must be checked out at the Service Desk. A Mastodon Card is required to check out any library materials. Mastodon cards are available at the Walb Student Union Information Desk.
The week after finals, all items will be removed from the current course reserves. Personal items will be returned via campus mail. ReservesEXpress online items will be archived. Faculty have access to lists of previously used reserve items. To use an item again, select the needed item and answer the questions about copyright, and if necessary submit new permission forms.
For more information about ReservesEXpress contact:
Created by: J. Saltsman and J. Violette
Date created: 2002-07-12
Date revised: 2002-12-04
Date revised: 2012-06-21