Fair Dealing in the classroom
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Fair Dealing in the classroom

[Music] So I see two primary benefits of course,
one is the financial benefits that students are able to have
more reasonable prices for the books they are going to need
for their history classes. But secondly and maybe even more importantly is the ability that Fair Dealing gives us to offer a wider range of readings
and selections for our classes. Fair Dealing definitely has benefits for
the students. I’d stress two of them. The first of course is financial because
the various readings that I would gather and put on e-reserve don’t have to be put in a course pack, they then don’t have to buy a course pack and the cost of those are a hundred, two hundred dollars quite possibly so that certainly saves the students money in that regard. The second benefit of Fair Dealing to students because again the library has gathered this material and put it in an electronic format is that it’s accessible from anywhere. They can’t lose it, as they might a course pack, or forget it somewhere or leave it home in Calgary. And indeed if they’re traveling or if they’re anywhere of course as long as they have internet access they can access the materials so it’s simply more flexible for them to have an access to instead of the actual physical print copies. [Music] Fair Dealing and e-reserves in particular have really affected, in a very positive way, how I teach a course. The examples I think are most at the upper levels where there’s an opportunity for a topics course. And I’ll give you a specific example. In the 50th anniversary year of the university I had the opportunity to teach a course, for the first time, on the history of higher education. And with that course we used quite a bit of content from our university as well as topics very much in that time period of the last fifty years. So this is something we would never have been able to find a textbook on or if we did find a collection it wouldn’t have suited us. Well the course I teach tend to use lots of different readings from multiple sources of Political Science matter rather than just one or two key textbooks and so forth so it certainly made it easier in the sense that I’m able to pull individual items or chapters or so forth to gather and rather than put them in a reader necessarily or decide what I want to go in a reader, have the hard working people of the library scan them and put them on course reserve that means that a wide range of material is sort of
gathered together in a way I can access. [Music] I would really hate to not have that opportunity anymore and one of the reasons is the accessibility. In the past I have put items on reserve lots of times but it’s, I think, increasingly difficult for students to get to the library and e-reserves are so convenient for students who work part-time, full-time jobs, whatever the case may be. I really think students read more when something is on e-reserve compared to library reserve. Fair Dealing does help in planning a class as well, right, because, I mean, we do have our library budget for books that we can buy…and so that to some extent limits the range of materials we can consult before we before we plan our classes. We can get materials on interlibrary loan and the U of L does do a good job of getting those materials to us but that introduces a time element to the planning as well where you have to wait for those sources to come in, especially if you’re trying to adjust a curriculum or adjust a schedule of lectures of readings on the fly in the course of a semester makes it very difficult. [Music]

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