Now featuring -- Reserve and Media Services

Dec 08, 2005

Reserve and Media Services (RMS) is located on the lower level of the Parks Library (Room 2). Traditionally, Reserve consisted of a print-based collection which was circulated to students from the Reserve service desk in the Library. While the print Reserve collection continues to be used, there is an increasing demand for online course materials that can be accessed anytime, from anywhere. Faculty and students need traditional print formats and emerging audio-visual and digital formats. In RMS, users will find both - traditional print and online, electronic based materials available 24/7 so they never get lost or damaged. All course reserve materials are listed via Reserve and Courses A-Z under "Classes and Tours" on the Library homepage. Instructor submission forms, policies for paper, electronic and audio-visual reserve items, copyright and other information are also available. Due to copyright policies, the library password protects access to all electronic Reserve materials. Instructors also can integrate Reserve materials into their courses by adding a link directly from WebCT, or a departmental or personal website to the Courses A-Z page.

Reserve and Media Services

Technology used in teaching, learning, and research has created new challenges and opportunities. RMS is evolving to find new and better ways to integrate electronic content directly into university learning spaces: through converting traditional course reserve lists to electronic formats for online use, putting netLibrary books on Reserve, obtaining and paying for copyright permissions and through audio streaming for music and spoken word. Since fall semester 2003, when RMS began audio streaming, 662 music files have been made available for student use.

RMS also houses media materials and equipment for leisure use. The media collection represents a wide range of subjects: educational and feature films in NTSC and PAL format, audio books and a wide array of classical and popular music. Supported equipment includes 1/2" VHS video, DVD, audiocassette, audio compact disc, slides, and IBM multimedia applications. Instructors can use Parks Library for 2-day checkout of videos and DVDs for class use. Members of the ISU Library Community can check-out compact discs for 2 weeks, or listen in-house between classes. Titles and performers/artists can be searched in the online catalog.

During fiscal year 2004-05, 626 courses used Reserve material; RMS circulated 6,670 books and 19,164 media items; 2,306 VHS/DVDs were booked for classroom use. The RMS Collection includes 4431 electronic files and 1872 print materials on Reserve, 6800 videocassettes, 1200 DVDs, 6200 CDs, and 2500 sound cassettes.