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Distance Learning Library Services: Resources for DL Faculty/Staff

E-Reserves Information

What are they?

Electronic reserves (e-reserves) are assigned course readings, notes, exams, etc. that are accessible through the Internet. Items placed on electronic reserves consist of direct links to online resources, electronic files, as well as copies of material that are either scanned into PDF format by library technicians or provided by the instructor in one of the following formats: ASCII for text (without hard returns), RTF (rich text format), PS (PostScript), EPS (Encapsulated PostScript), PDF (Portable Document Format), DOC (Microsoft Word), JPEG, MP3, MP4. Advantages of electronic reserves include the ability to access material from home or campus without waiting for borrowed material to be returned and without the frustration of missing pages that may occur with photocopies.

Are there restrictions?
Like paper reserves, copyright restrictions do apply to copies of material placed on electronic reserve. Always provide complete citations for reserve material so we can assess readings for fair use and obtain permissions when possible. See our Copyright tab for more information regarding these policies.

How do I submit an E-reserve request?
Complete a Course Reserve Form and choose the E-RESERVES option at the top of the form. Provide complete citations for all material to be placed on reserve, and for online resources that are not available through the UK Library, please provide the URL as well. Provide clean, 8 1/2 X 11 inch photocopies of material to be scanned; photocopies may be duplexed. Please keep in mind that shading on photocopies intensifies during scanning and can make electronic files difficult or impossible to read.

Submit the completed reserve form and any reserve materials at the Young Library Circulation desk or send them by campus mail or an email attachment to:
Terri Brown
Head of Circulation
University of Kentucky, W.T. Young Library
(859) 218-1899

Book Purchase Request

Research Guides

Tips & Advice from UK Distance Learning Faculty

  1. Recognize that teaching online takes at least as much time, if not more, than teaching face-to-face. Give yourself enough time to prepare in advance and leave time to respond to student queries and to troubleshoot problems. Give yourself time to adequately communicate with students and participate in discussion boards. 

  1. Do not assume anything about your students. This includes assumptions about what they have going on with their lives (e.g., they are full time students), their time zone, or their familiarity with technology and the learning management system (LMS). Provide clear instructions and tutorials whenever you are asking them to complete a new task (e.g., peer reviews, recording a video, etc.), always include time zones with due dates/times, and check in with them to see what they have going on. 

  1. Organize your course clearly and consistently. Students need to know where everything is and what is expected of them. The homepage should have clear links to important sections/pages. It is helpful to have students go to the same section each week to do the same thing, for example. 

  1. Create meaningful opportunities for interaction. Facilitating interaction between yourself and students, as well as among students themselves, is important, but only when it's actually meaningful and serves a purpose. (Students often appreciate when that purpose is explained). 

  2. Always check your LMS in student view. This allows you to ensure that links work properly, content is published and available...etc., and can help you catch issues before it causes a major problem or any panic for students. 

  3. Communication is important. Create a communication plan and let students know up front. For example, this is when I am available, this is how you can contact me, this is how long you can expect to wait for a response. Be consistent in the format and frequency of your communication with students (e.g., I send out an announcement reviewing what we will be doing that week, every Monday morning), and then supplement as necessary. Students need to know how they should contact you as well, but you absolutely need to be responsive to those contacts.

  4. Provide resources for technology assistance. This includes university IT information, online librarian contact, link from LMS on how to use features in the system. Having all these co-located helps relieve student stress and makes problem solving easier. 

  1. Recognize the social justice/ equity issues at play in online courses. For example requiring cameras to always be on during synchronous classes creates hardship for students with low bandwidth, poor internet connections, or challenging home-life situations. Some kinds of media may be less accessible to students, particularly those with disabilities, so transcripts need to be provided.

 S. Oltmann, personal communication, March 27, 2021

Creating Research Assignments

Creating Research Assignments includes suggestions for effective information literacy assignments and pitfalls to avoid.

Recommended for: Instructors


Length: Approximately 6-8 minutes