by Jimm Wetherbee
Although e-reserves has been with us for two years now, it is a resounding—albeit evolving—success. It allows students and their instructors access to material placed on closed reserve at any time and any place. The fact that students do exactly that can be seen from logs that the web server generates. There are some things to keep in mind, however.
The library still maintains a hard copy of an e-reserve item behind the Circulation Desk. This allows students who do not wish to print an e-reserve or read it off a computer screen to access the material. This also means that e-reserves are treated like any other reserve item, going first to Luanne Barbee before being placed on the web server. E-reserves are also stored in PDF format and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader to be viewed. The Reader can be downloaded from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html and plugs into any web browser.
What is different this year is that copyright rules require that electronic reserve items be available only to those students and instructors of the class that they were assigned. This has meant that access to the documents had to be tied to one’s Wingate University network username. The network username requirement further restricts students as to what browser they can use. Those browsers are: Internet Explorer 5.0 or better, Mozilla 1.5 or better or Foxfire 0.9. The username requirement also means that one’s password (which expires every 180 days) must be current. The best test is to log onto a computer in one of the labs or the DPC. If a student cannot log-in there, he or she will not be able to access e-reserves. A final note is that using the network log-in requires that users enter the Domain. In most browsers this is integrated with the username, so that one would log-in as ACAD\username. In older versions of Internet Explorer, you will see a third line that is used to enter the domain (again ACAD).
Thank you for making e-reserves a continued success.