When the University of Vermont College of Medicine moved their curriculum to the Blackboard Course Management System, no provisions were made to integrate electronic reserve materials with Blackboard. Knowing intuitively that students wanted to have access to everything they use from a single page, and not have to travel to different university web sites to accomplish different tasks, College of Medicine faculty found a variety of ways to link from Blackboard to documents that they wanted students to read, resulting in declining use of the Library's Reserve function. The UVM Dana Medical Library reexamined the role of the library in providing course-related readings. Goals: Control copyright costs. Make compliance with federal copyright law easy. Remove barriers that students encounter when trying to do the required readings. Encourage use of the University's electronic journal and book collections. Model the citation of references. Improve communication.


Presented at the AAMC Northeastern Group on Educational Affairs Annual Meeting, 2008


Library Reserves, Course Reserves, E-Resources, Blackboard, COMET, COMIS

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