Important Changes at the Library this Fall
Since most of our buildings are closed, some in-person Library services or resources described on this page are currently unavailable. For more details on how the Library can help this semester, check out our services updates or feel free to email us, chat with us, or reach out to a librarian or specialist in your discipline.
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Course content services

Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Course Content Services

As the Fall 2020 session approaches, professors and faculty have many options available for obtaining and delivering course materials to students.

Library services

Course reserve

Due to health and safety considerations, the Library will only be offering digital course reserves during the Fall 2020 session. We are confident that the course reserve team will be able to help you assemble digital course packs ahead of the upcoming session.

To request that course materials be placed on reserve, simply email your course syllabus or reading list to ares@uOttawa.ca. The reserve service staff will then process your request and assemble the required materials, relying on licensed Library materials, scanned portions of the Library’s physical collections, and other digital solutions as needed.

This combined use of scanned and licensed materials will ensure that there are no additional costs to students and that those studying remotely will have equal access to materials placed on reserve.

Scan-on-demand

In parallel with the broader course reserve service, we are also providing mediated access to our physical collections specifically, through a scan-on-demand service. If you are not using the course reserve service, you can use this service to request that portions of physical resources in the Library collection, such as a chapter of a book or an article from a journal, be digitized and provided to you in PDF format. You can then provide these same PDFs to students via email or by uploading them to the TLSS Virtual Campus.

TLSS services

Virtual Campus

Virtual Campus is an online platform that allows you to independently upload or link to course materials in a digital format, which are then available to students enrolled in your course. Content may be obtained from a variety of sources, such as the internet, scanned materials, licensed Library resources, and more, so long as copyright and any relevant content licences are respected.

Campus Store services

Textbooks

The University bookstore is currently operational and offering textbooks, as well as other merchandise (course related supplies, stationery, clothing, etc.). Materials purchased are available for shipping via Purolator; students can therefore purchase the textbooks assigned to them online and have them shipped to their location. In certain cases, e-textbooks may also be available. Students can even find their assigned textbooks easily by using the “Get Your Textbooks” widget on the Campus Store website.

DocUcentre services

Digital course packs

For any courses in which you normally produce a print course pack at the University’s DocUcentre, there is the possibility for the Library to obtain a PDF version of these materials, subject to copyright clearance. Once the Library has provided copyright clearance, approved materials can then be integrated into your course through the Library’s course reserve service, or you may upload them to your course on Virtual Campus (see above for information on both services). To request the content of your print course pack, contact the Library’s Copyright Office at ddac@uOttawa.ca.

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