The UC Merced Library’s Supplemental Course Resources (SCR) Program provides online access to supplemental course materials by making them available through CatCourses.
The SCR Program doesn't:
First of all, it is very important for faculty to understand the following:
While jumping through the Library's hoops to get a few readings posted online may seem like a hassle, the intent is to keep you and the University of California out of trouble while still making information available to students.
The easiest way to avoid the entire question of fair use and copyright compliance is to take advantage of the approximately 10,000 online journals and tens of thousands of online books available through the UC Merced Library and the California Digital Library (CDL). We encourage faculty to explore these resources and use what is already available whenever possible. If you aren’t sure how to find out what is available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
For information resources that are not already available via the UC Merced Library or CDL, the Library will use the Four Factor Fair Use Test to determine whether or not the use of a resource falls under fair use.
Publishers have recently filed copyright suits against colleges and universities related to unauthorized posting of materials through campus course management systems.
Librarians can help faculty avoid copyright violations when posting documents to CatCourses. The library's SCR Program assists faculty by evaluating, digitizing and posting documents to CatCourses.
There are four factors used to determine if a copyrighted work can be considered "fair use":
Books that are written explicitly for classroom instruction—Introduction to Calculus (7th Edition), Understanding Human Development (4th Edition), College Chemistry (19th Edition), etc.—generally do not fall under fair use. Using portions of a text for a class is not transformative which does not lean toward fair use (Factor #1 "The Purpose and Character of Use) and often has a detrimental financial impact on the rightsholder (Factor #4 "The Effect of the Use Upond the Potential Market"). Digitizing all or part such books requires obtaining copyright clearance and paying a permission fee. When necessary, the Library will clear copyright and pay reasonable permission fees; however, it is not the purpose of the supplemental course reserves program to save students the cost of purchasing what should be required textbooks.
See "Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors" for more details.
The Library can freely digitize information resources that are in the public domain. Typical examples of public-domain resources include U.S. Government publications, many state publications, and older resources for which the copyright has expired. The Library can help you determine whether or not an information resource is in the public domain.
Although UC Merced Library has excellent digitization equipment, digitization is still a complex process that takes considerably more time than, for example, making photocopies. The digitization process is further slowed when:
The Library has access to each CatCourses course and can upload materials.
SCR is the best choice when:
Course readers are the best choice when:
The library is happy to help faculty evaluate which option is best for their courses. Contact us for more information.
Contact the UC Merced bookstore for assistance with course readers.;
The Library will notify you by email once your materials have been digitized. Either you, your curriculum assistant, or other designated proxy can pick them up in Room 275, Kolligian Library. We can also send you the materials through campus mail.
The Library will handle the digitization of non-print formats (VHS tapes, LPs, 35mm slides, etc.) on a case-by-case basis. Submitting non-print formats well in advance will insure that they will be ready when they are needed.
For additional information on the Supplemental Course Resources program, please email email@example.com.