Digital & Media Production

UMass Lowell Streaming E-Video Reserves Policy


SEE:  Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

Exercising fair use for educational purposes is a right and not an obligation. It is fair use to make appropriately tailored course-related content available to enrolled students via digital networks. Video recordings in DVD/ VHS format or online streaming e-videos may be placed on reserve with the library for use in connection with course instruction. Streaming a video for use in a class, with students and faculty present in the classroom, is fair use. Making a streamed video available for students enrolled on a course as an “E reserve” is also considered fair use provided the following requirements are met.

Streaming Video E-Reserves Policy

1. A commercially available copy of the material is owned or licensed to the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

a.Note:  A course instructor may place their own personal, lawfully obtained, copy of a VHS or DVD on reserve in the Media Center. However, in order to digitize and stream a video for e-reserves, the library MUST own its own copy or license or have ordered a commercially available copy of the material. The university shall make every reason able effort to purchase the recording requested, giving priority to those that are for a course that will be taught multiple times.

2. All video reserves (either hardcopy or streaming) shall be made available ONLY of works that are being taught in the course AND that are assigned to students and listed in the syllabus. E-video reserves must be an integral part of the course curriculum as required by the instructor for course assignments. Pedagogical concerns should determine what content and what portion of any given work must be required viewing by students. Excerpts, as opposed to entire copies, should be used whenever possible.

3. Limitation: The number of entire works that may be digitized for a single course during an academic term shall not exceed the maximum number of works typically required for the course: approximately 10 items or 20 hours.