Placing Items on Course Reserves
Faculty can request that materials be placed on reserve by using the library Course Reserves management system (Ares) in Blackboard. All reserve materials must adhere to Montgomery College's Use of Copyrighted Materials Policy and Procedure (PDF, ) .
Accessing Course Reserves via Blackboard
- Log in to your MyMC account and click on the link for Blackboard. Under "My Courses," select the course for which you want to request or access reserves items.
- In the Blackboard course, select "Library" from the left menu bar, then click the "Library Course Reserves link." This will open the Ares course reserves module.
If the "Library" link is not available in the left menu bar, you can always find course reserves under the Tools menu.
If you want to request reserves items before your course is available in Blackboard, go to any previous course you have in Blackboard, select "Library," then "Library Course Reserves," then select "Current and Upcoming Courses" under the "Instructor Tools" menu, and choose the appropriate course.
Placing Materials on Course Reserves
You can request that items be added to any current course you are teaching. You can upload items, request that library employees pull items from the shelves or scan up to one chapter or 10% of a library-owned book, or bring materials to the library to be put on reserve. You can also clone reserve items from previous courses to a current course.
- Access the Library Course Reserves system as described above and select the appropriate course.
- Under the Instructor Course Tools menu, select Add Reserve Items.
- Choose the type of material you would like to add.
- Complete the form, providing as much information as possible.
- Under the "How will this item be supplied?" portion of the form, if supplying a personal copy, indicate that and bring the item to the service desk at your campus library.
The library requires five business days to process items on reserve.
Electronic documents can also be submitted via Library Course Reserves and should be limited to course readings and similar materials. Syllabi, tests/quizzes, handouts, etc. are not eligible to be placed on reserve but should instead be uploaded directly to the content area of your Blackboard course.
Other Features of Library Course Reserves in Blackboard
Learn how you can help your students sort your reserve items with tags.
Faculty can "tag" any reserve item to identify weeks, topics, papers etc.
For example, one article can be tagged "Week 1," "Napoleon," and "midterm" to help student sort materials. Faculty can add tags either while filling out their initial request or later on by clicking on an item from their item list. Faculty and students can also make their own personal tags on items which cannot be seen by anyone else.
View the status of your reserves request.
Learn how you and your students can get email alerts with updates about your reserves items.
See the course reserves interface in Blackboard from a student's perspective.
Get data on how many times your reserves items are accessed.
Learn how to make electronic content available immediately.