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Course Resource Lists with Talis Aspire

Introduction to OC's Online Resource List Software


Reserving Course Materials for Short Term Loan

Request and display course reserves using Talis: 

  • Request print materials to be placed on short-term loan as reserve items
  • Place purchase requests for items the library does not own (such as updated editions or new titles)
  • Initiate the digitization of chapters or print material (within copyright guidelines) to be included, similar to an online course pack
  • Create a reading list and use your course title (i.e. ANTHR 208) as the list name.
  • Select the term to link your textbooks and resources with your course.
  • Use the Add Resource button and find the title of your textbook. If it does not appear from your search, you can add it manually.
  • Click the Review & Publish button. It is important you choose to have the list reviewed, so your campus library is aware that an item needs to be placed on reserve, or so the Library can source the title if it is not held locally.
    • If the reserve item (such as a textbook) will be provided by the instructor/professor, please indicate that in a note to the Library
  • Your textbook or items will be added to Course Reserves as soon as the Library has completed the review. 

Library e-Textbooks

The Library tries to reduce cost as a barrier to education for students. To support this effort, the Library sources course textbooks and required books in e-book format when titles are available to libraries in electronic format, and when the number of simultaneous users matches the student demand in a particular course. This initiative runs even more smoothly when professors and instructors work with the Library prior to the start of a new term to ensure copies of titles can be secured. Please contact to inquire about e-textbooks for your courses. 

The Library publishes a list of all available e-textbooks that are known to the Library for the active semester. The e-textbook list is available from Talis Aspire or via links on the library website

Open Education Resources (OERs)

Librarians can work with you to find content and course materials that are available online at low or no-cost to students. This may include content with Creative Commons licensing, open access content, or content that can be used according to Fair Dealing Copyright permissions. Talk with your liaison librarian to find out more, or visit our OER guide to review a selection of materials available to you. 

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