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December 4, 2007

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By Stuart Colcleugh

SFU Document Solutions is reminding all faculty and staff to get their spring 2008 courseware orders in as soon as possible to avoid the last-minute rush.

The Nov. 23 order deadline has passed, says custom courseware coordinator Wendy Lam. “But late submissions are always accepted, and we will try our best to deliver special exceptions in a timely manner.”

Still, she adds, “courseware is processed on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier you submit your order the earlier it will arrive in the bookstore.”

Access Copyright, the non-profit collective that collects revenues from SFU for the photocopying of copyrighted print works and distributes those monies to the rights holders, has agreed to keep the cost of copyright stable for the next three years, says Lam.

At 10 cents per page for copyright courseware, however, costs quickly add up. So, Lam offers these tips to keep the cost down:

•    Try to always go to the original publication for writing that is in the public domain. The author has to have been deceased for 50 years in order for something to be considered public domain. Review the courseware checklist for further clarification.

•    Only use material that is required; if you want, you may make a second courseware of recommended materials, which will save students some money.

When filling out the courseware order form and copyright worksheets complete all of the fields.  If you are unsure of where to find some information for the copyright worksheets, the SFU library website usually has ISBNs, ISSNs, total number of pages, and other pertinent information. All of this information is essential to clear copyright.

Theses pages are also available at:  www.sfu.ca/docsol/coursewaremain.html
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