As an instructor, who has only recently completed my PhD, I see the issue of fair dealing from both professional and student perspectives. E-Reserve allows me to tailor materials to specific courses from multiple sources, selecting the most pertinent and current publications. I’m aware that textbooks are expensive, and it’s frustrating for students to spend the money, and then find the book of limited use. E-Reserve ensures that students don’t purchase texts when they only need to refer to a few pages. Increasingly, students prefer digital access to course materials. Ryerson’s librarians have been efficient in posting and organizing requested materials for reliable online access. On occasion, they have also drawn my attention to copyright issues when I have inadvertently requested material beyond the Fair Dealing limit. The librarians ensure that I’m complying with current copyright regulations, while also providing my students with the educational resources they need.
Contract Lecturer, School of Professional Communication