The MSL has several licensed graphics resources for presentations/lectures, listed below. For assistance with custom graphics, contact Brian Bingham.
Can I post materials (journal articles, book chapters, videos, films, etc.) on Blackboard or on electronic course reserve for student use?
You might need to decide if the material you desired to use/share is fair use specifically whether the use is transformative. This guide provides some examples that might help you conduct the assessment.
Texas A&M University Libraries has principles and guidelines on placing materials on electronic reserve .
If you need answer to copyright questions or address permission issues for your publications, please contact Texas A&M University Copyright/Fair Use Librarian, Emilie Algenio. She can be reached at (979) 845-1496 or by email: emilie [underscore] a [at] library [do] tamu [dot] edu
Staying Up To Date
1. Use journal reading app BrowZine:
BrowZine apps are available for Android, Apple, BlackBerry, Palm and Windows. When you start using the App, choose Texas A&M University, log in with your NetID and password, and you will be able to access the full text content of the library subscription journals. You can also get started with BrowZine Web from your desktop or laptop computer.
2. Set up topic email alerts from major databases (e.g.,PubMed/Medline, Embase, ...)
3. Set up table of content (TOC) alerts of your favorite journals
4. Set up topic/TOC alerts using RSS feed
If you need assistance and have any questions, please contact Cathy Pepper: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Access Textbooks at Texas A&M
The University Libraries have partnered with the Biology Department to identify alternatives to their high-priced textbook for their Introductory Biology sequence. As Wayne Versaw, Associate Head told us, “Biology faculty began exploring open-source text options several years ago for two reasons. First, it was a way to improve education. Traditional texts typically have far more content than necessary and this confuses students who are still learning how to distinguish core concepts. Second, we were concerned about the rising costs to our students. Many of our faculty reported that their students needed loans to purchase texts, or did not purchase a text due to cost.”
The facts are that between 2003 and 2013, college textbook prices rose approximately triple the rate of inflation in overall consumer prices during the same time. Additionally, more than half of all college students nationwide report not purchasing a textbook because of its price. Open Educational Resources (OERs) are teaching, learning, and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others and can be textbooks, full courses, lesson plans, videos, tests, or any other material or technique that supports access to knowledge.
Open Access Week
The Texas A&M University Libraries advocates for open access, which can help address both the price barriers and the permission barriers that undermine global access to the products of Texas A&M’s scholarly and creative work and keep TAMU scholars from accessing the world’s scholarly literature. Join the Libraries in celebrating the annual International Open Access Week. For a listing of all activities, and to learn more about these issues, see our website.
How to place course materials in Reserve?
Try our new online course reserves request forms. This is a beta version using Qualtrics forms, please send any feedback to MSL Reserves.
To place material on reserve:
Review the Guidelines for Electronic Course Reserves Materials and assess your materials.
Certification will be required once every 12 months. Once certified, you will no longer be presented with the certification screen.
Contact Course Reserves (979-845-7428) so we can begin processing electronic materials for your classes.
Requests may be made through email or at the Client Services Desk.
Print reserves may include items owned by the University Libraries or by the instructor.
For items owned by the University Libraries, email to following information to MSL Reserves:
Instructors name, UIN, and Department.
Course name, number and title.
Semester and year for which the reserves are required.
Title, author, edition, and call number of the item(s) to be placed on reserve for the class.
To place instructor owned materials on reserve, please bring the item to the AskUs Desk between 7 am and 6 pm Monday through Friday.