New Approaches to E‐reserve: Linking, Sharing and Streaming

Nestor L. Osorio (Northern Illinois University, USA)

Collection Building

ISSN: 0160-4953

Article publication date: 11 October 2011




Osorio, N.L. (2011), "New Approaches to E‐reserve: Linking, Sharing and Streaming", Collection Building, Vol. 30 No. 4, pp. 185-186.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Cheung, Thomas and Patrick are librarians at Ryerson University in Toronto, where they serve respectively as coordinator of e‐reserves and audiovisual services, serials librarian, and special collections/Kodak archives librarian. Cheung and her two collaborators have published several articles in professional publications and have been involved in the development of services for the academic community.

This book represents the efforts of a team of librarians at Ryerson University Libraries in planning, designing and implementing an operating e‐reserve system. It is divided into seven chapters. It begins with a discussion of how libraries are responding to changes in user culture and the strategies that may offer solutions for using new technologies. Chapter 2 presents an historical perspective on e‐reserve services, including an overview of the most commonly known e‐reserve systems (ILS, CMS, LMS, and VLE). Further, it covers the use of citation management software, iTunes, repository‐based software, and linking methods.

Innovative approaches for e‐reserve in Blackboard are described in chapter 3. Chapter 4 defines in more technical detail how software created for other purposes can be adapted for providing e‐reserve services: specifically, software for repositories, citation management, and the use of iTunes U. New digital media formats and issues that require special attention, such as author's copyright and user's perception of the services, are discussed in chapters 5 and 6. Finally, chapter 7 includes a number of essays around the premise that collaboration, integration and interaction are fundamental for the future of e‐reserve.

This book is a compendium of practical experiences and applications, and it is recommended to library and systems personnel, students of LIS programs, and other professionals interested in electronic publishing. It is recommended for academic, special libraries, and large public libraries. Particularly interesting are the many details about “how things work” in setting‐up an e‐reserve service; this approach makes available very valuable information to practitioners.

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