At the beginning of fall, spring, and summer semesters, faculty members or their Teaching Assistants place books and other material needed for their classes that semester on Course Reserve. Our goal is to own every material that faculty requires or recommends to their class over the semester. They are located at the School of Theology Library Circulation Desk.
To place items on course reserve, please forward your syllabus to our Course Reserves Librarian, Sean Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org. The library will create a list and make faculty editors on the list.
BU Libraries recently subscribed to a new course reserve management tool named Leganto. This tool provides our community many benefits, including…
· Ability to place articles available through BU Libraries on Course Reserve (less scanning for faculty and TFs, less copyright violations!)
· Ability to place PDF scans not available through BU Libraries on reserve (these must obey copyright limits).
· Simplicity for students: all readings for the class are located in one place.
· If required textbooks for your class are available as unlimited use e-books, we at the STH Library will include a special section highlighting that for students on the list; hopefully this saves students some money!
After the initial basic list is made by the library, faculty can customize their Leganto list! The list can be structured like the syllabus (week 1 readings, week 2 readings, etc…) To log into Leganto, visit https://bu.leganto.exlibrisgroup.com/leganto/login?auth=SAML (this link is also on the For Faculty page). After the list is created, you will be made an editor on the list. To create a new section on the list, hit “New Section.” Hit the + button to add new books. After editing your list, please make sure to email me (email@example.com). If you don’t, the list may not be accessible!
1. Faculty submit reading lists or syllabi to me before the due date (Dec. 15th for Spring 2019). This due date allows me the ability to ensure availability for all resources.
2. Library will create the Leganto list in a basic format (three sections: “Library Research Guides”, “Required Readings via Theology Library”, and “E-Books.”) All items owned by BU will be placed on this list and, if available, immediately placed on reserve; items checked out will be recalled from borrower. We will order all required books we don’t already have. Items will be added to list and course reserve as received.
3. If a required article isn’t available through BU Libraries, I will send you an email to let you know. Either scan the article and send as a PDF for me to add, or provide alternate access for students (e.g. uploading to Blackboard).
After submitting your syllabus to the Course Reserves Librarian, we will create a reading list through Leganto. This created list can be access through the library's course reserve landing page (also located on our home page).
The course reserve list can also be connected to your Blackboard course page. Simply go to a page where you would add your syllabus or upload PDF readings. Under the “tools” drop down menu, go to “Course Readings – BU Libraries.” You can name the link something like “STH Library Course Reserves.” Hit submit on the bottom portion of the page, and it should automatically link to the list we created for your class (if it doesn’t, and asks you to start creating one, let us know so we can fix it).
The default course reserve borrowing length is 2 Hours/Overnight. When submitting your list, please indicate if you want a borrowing length for course reserve other than 2 hours.
2 Hours – Library Use Only. Students can check out items for two hours, and the items cannot leave the library. This is the default borrowing length for reference materials.
2 Hours/Overnight (Default Option). The most popular/best option for classes that have more than a couple of students. Students can borrow items for two hours at a time, and can take them outside the library. The “overnight” moniker means that if a patron checks out an item less than two hours before we close, it is due back two hours after we open our next open day. Most students check out books and go directly to the scanner to make digital copies of the chapter they need to read. This is usually sufficient, and guarantees the greatest number of students have access to the material.
3 Day. Students check out the item for three days. This is ideal for classes with a very small amount of students, or a seminar.
7 Day. Much like 3 day, this is better for classes with a very small amount of students.
Deadlines for Course Reserves are the following:
• Fall Course Reserves by July 15
• Spring Course Reserves by December 15
• Summer Course Reserves by May 17
Submission of any forms after the deadlines could significantly delay the availability of materials.