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Technology Review: Docutek

Docutek, from SirsiDynix (www.docutek.com) , is an electronic reserves system for libraries. For the library, Docutek offers copyright management with a publishers database that produces copyright permission letters. Support and maintenance are included in the price. Set up is easy and extensive training is not needed. For the student, Docutek offers access to the materials at all times, whether the library is open or not.[1] Students can look for electronic and hard copy reserves by searching for course number, course name, section number, department, or instructor. Two very user friendly features are the ability to open or close all folders for a course with just a click and the ability to download all files for a course as zip files.

Docutek is useful for library circulation and/or reserves departments because it will save them some of the time and effort of obtaining copyright permissions. According to Gladstone and Kenausis (2006), “The learning curve is short, a one (librarian) to one (faculty) training session takes about one hour” (p. 77). After that, professors are able use the system. Offering sophisticated and useful systems like Docutek’s ERes will boost the library’s status and image on campus, both with faculty and students. Everyone will appreciate its convenience. From the student’s perspective, I haven’t yet found anything that needs to be improved.


Gladstone, R, & Kenausis, V. (2006). Creating an Electronic Toolkit: From discovery to

delivery. Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve,

16(4), 73-83.

[1] Exception: power outage at the library.