Library Services for Faculty

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The Burlington College Library strives to provide access to materials and services in a comfortable setting for faculty to support their teaching and achieve their scholarly and personal goals. In addition, to materials at the Burlington College Library Faculty may borrow books from the Bailey Howe Library at UVM or from a library who is a member of the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries,

Placing Items on Course Reserve at the Burlington College Library

This service is for faculty who wish to place books, films or articles on course reserve for their students.

Any questions regarding Course Reserve requests should be telephoned in at 923-2138.

Other Useful Information to Faculty Placing Materials on Reserve 

How do I go about placing material on reserve at Burlington Library?

A reserve request form must be completed for each set of course materials. Forms are available at the circulation desk, from library staff. Call numbers for books in the Burlington College collection must be included. Items not currently in the library collection can be ordered. Please furnish the requested publisher and copyright information for these items.

How long can students borrow course reserve material? 

Items may be placed on reserve for a loan period of either 2 hours, 24 hours, or 48 hours. Loan periods must be consistent throughout any course's reserve list.

When should I place my course reserve requests? How long will it be before the requested items are available to students? 

Reserve lists for each semester should be submitted as early as possible. In general, the Library staff can process requests within 72 hours. Reserve requests submitted after the first day of classes for the current semester will take at least one week to be processed. These times are for materials that are given to the library staff with complete and appropriate citations. Items that are currently checked out to another patron or materials that the library staff must procure themselves will take longer to proces

Can I put my own material on reserve (books, exams, copies of journal articles etc.)?

Yes. Personal copies of books and articles may be placed on reserve (the library will add an accession/call number). Journal articles and book chapters must meet the guidelines regarding copyright (see below). One photocopy of copyrighted material will be placed on reserve unless the class enrollment is more than 25 or is composed of multiple sections. For more information on this, please contact the Burlington College circulation desk.

Anything else?

There are no permanent reserve lists; reserve lists expire at the end of each semester. Faculty must contact the circulation desk ahead of each semester during which a reserve list will be required. If possible, please provide the Circulation Desk with a copy of your course syllabus for reference. You can reach us at 923-2138

Do I need permission to place copyrighted articles on reserve?

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, US Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions, libraries are authorized to furnish a reproduction, but one of the specified conditions is that the reproduction will not be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.

Because the library is considered an extension of the classroom, access to reserve materials is limited to course and instructor's name. When faculty submit items to Reserve they should provide the author's name, title of the work, and copyright statement, if there is one. Reserve materials are available only for the first semester in which the class is taught. Any uses beyond the first semester require copyright permission. Reserve Department staff will apply for such permission and bill departments as needed.

Instructors should not place materials on reserve unless the instructor, the library, or another unit of the college possesses a lawfully obtained copy. The total amount of material on reserve for a class should be a small proportion of the total assigned reading for that class when invoking fair use. Materials are available only to the Burlington College community and all are expected to adhere to these copyright and fair use guidelines.

New, and as yet uncodified, interpretations of the copyright law apply to libraries' electronic reserve systems that provide access to online class materials. Therefore, Burlington College Copyright Guidelines apply alike to materials provided through the Burlington College Library Reserve Desk..

The guidelines described below apply to all Burlington College Library Reserves and are in compliance with US Code, Title 17. Material submitted which violates any of these regulations will NOT knowingly be made available by the library. Instructors will be notified upon discovery of copyright violations and will result in delayed access to class materials through the Library.

Course Reserve Guidelines Summary


Only two (2) chapters from a book may be placed on reserve unless the instructor received the copyright holder's written permission and acknowledged receipt when submitting materials to reserve.  This applies to edited collections of readings and essays, because each reading is considered a chapter.

Journals and Newspapers

Only two (2) articles and not more than 25% of the content of an issue of one journal may be placed on reserve unless the instructor received the copyright holder's written permission and acknowledged receipt when submitting materials to reserve. Newspapers are treated the same as journals.

Multiple Copies

For the academic year, only two copies of photocopied material is allowed for every 25 students enrolled in a class, or any fraction thereof, but no more than 5 copies per class. The photocopy should contain the copyright statement.

US Government Publications

Most government publications are in the public domain, i.e., they are not copyrighted, allowing unlimited use and reproduction.

Copyright Acknowledgments

Everyone submitting materials to the Burlington College Library Reserve Department must agree to the two following statements. If an instructor cannot abide by these guidelines, the library cannot provide access to the course materials without violating the US copyright law US Code, Title 17 as it pertains to libraries. (For further information, please refer to the US Code Title 17 sect. 108.

  1. I acknowledge having read the Burlington College Library Reserve Copyright Guidelines and agree that the materials I submit to the Burlington College Library Reserve Department are in compliance with this interpretation of US copyright law

  2. When required, I received written permission from the copyright holder to provide access to the materials I am submitting to any Burlington College  Library Reserve Department.

Fair Use Guidelines

As a reader of these documents, you must follow the provisions of fair use; that is, you may make one copy (e.g., download or print) for your personal reading, research, or education. Any other use without permission from the copyright holder is illegal. You must not use any of these documents to mislead others about the views or competence of the author, nor as part of a commercial product. Any copy that is made should preserve the author's name, the title of the document, and a statement of copyright, if there is one. Making multiple copies for republication would violate the spirit of the agreement under which the authors provide you with access to derived from the US Code, Title 17, Sect. 107. copyright permission, but it is necessary to place a complete citation on the first page (a photocopy of the book or journal title/verso page is acceptable). In addition, no more than two chapters (or one-fourth of total pagination, whichever is smaller) of a book or two articles of a journal issue may be copied. If you plan on using several articles(for example, 30 or more), we recommend you compile a course pack. With the help of the Library and the Academic Coordinator.

Successive uses of copyrighted photocopied or digitized material require permission from the copyright holder for all semesters after the first. The Library staff will apply for such permission and bill departments as needed.


Q. How do I find out what materials the Burlington College Library owns?

All materials in the general circulating collection of the Burlington College Library are in the library catalog. The library catalog is accessible through the internet on campus or off campus. Links to the library catalog can be found on the Library Homepage. You can do a basic search by keyword or the title.

Q. I would like to assign a wide range of selected readings not included in one textbook or anthology to my students. What are my options for making these readings available to them? Can I photocopy them and make handouts?

If you are planning in advance to assign certain materials for use by students in a course, the use cannot be considered "spontaneous" and therefore, does not meet the fair use test, which would permit you to distribute the materials in class. However, a number of options are available to you:

Q. The required textbook is very expensive, will the Library order a copy of the textbook and put it on reserve?

The library will not order copies of required course texts. However, the library will purchase other primary works that will enhance your students learning experience and research projects.


If you are planning to use a DVD, VHS or book in class and do not own a personal copy you can place the item on hold using the library catalog. Next time you come to the library just go and retrieve the item from the shelf.


  1. Login into the library catalog.
    Your Username is your : BC ID Number, this can be found on your BC ID
    Your password is your : Last Name
  2. Search for the item
  3. Once you have found the item you are looking for click RESERVE.
    The item will be placed on hold for ten days.


Fair use is a concept created by the copyright law as a defense to an assertion of copyright infringement. A "fair" use of copyrighted material may be found where the use is for purposes of "criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research" and the following factors are considered:


  1. the purposes and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

A positive determination that a particular use is a "fair" use requires careful balancing of the factors listed above and may require reference to relevant case law. For a more information visit the University of Texas System's Crash Course in Copyright

Statement of Policy on Photocopying Copyrighted Materials

Photocopying of copyrighted material for reserve use is permissible only under limited circumstances, according to legal interpretations of the Copyright Law.


Photocopying for Class Handouts

A single copy of an entire article, or an entire chapter from a book, or an entire poem may be photocopied by the instructor and placed on reserve. Photocopying of copyrighted materials for Reserve use is permissible only within limits suggested by the Copyright Law of 1976 and accompanying educational guidelines. If an instructor wishes to use the same photocopies for more than one semester, permission from the publisher may be necessary, and permission must be obtained by the instructor. The Library will not place materials on reserve that are deemed in violation of copyright guidelines.

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Information Literacy Defined by ACRL

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." 1 Information literacy also is increasingly important in the contemporary environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources. Because of the escalating complexity of this environment, individuals are faced with diverse, abundant information choices--in their academic studies, in the workplace, and in their personal lives. Information is available through libraries, community resources, special interest organizations, media, and the Internet--and increasingly, information comes to individuals in unfiltered formats, raising questions about its authenticity, validity, and reliability. In addition, information is available through multiple media, including graphical, aural, and textual, and these pose new challenges for individuals in evaluating and understanding it. The uncertain quality and expanding quantity of information pose large challenges for society. The sheer abundance of information will not in itself create a more informed citizenry without a complementary cluster of abilities necessary to use information effectively.

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

For more information about Information Literacy visit the
Association of College & Research Libraries Introduction to Information Literacy page



The Burlington College Library offers course-related sessions which introduce students to print and electronic information resources as well as the research process. Instruction sessions generally take place in the Burlington College Computer Lab in order to demonstrate online materials and facilitate access to materials at UVM.

Information literacy is critically important because we are surrounded by a growing ocean of information in all formats. Not all information is created equal: some is authoritative, current, reliable, but some is biased, out of date, misleading, false. The amount of information available is going to keep increasing. The types of technology used to access, manipulate, and create information will likewise expand.

  • In order for students to gain the most from a library session it is helpful that the session be targeted towards a specific assignment.
  • Faculty are strongly encouraged to be present during the library session.
  • At least two weeks advance notice for your class is appreciated so that the computer lab can be reserved.

Will your students need to . . . Points Covered
Know the difference between popular and scholarly articles?
  • Comparing and contrasting journals vs magazines
  • Discuss the the difference in audience and content
Use the library's catalog to look for books or journals?
  • Finding books and journals on a topic
  • Using call numbers to locate items in the library
  • Difference between keyword and subject searches
Evaluate web sites?
  • Analyzing web sites for creditability
Find full text articles?
  • Using databases like Academic OneFile to find articles on a topic
  • What to do when search results are abstracts or citations