Course Reserves in Sakai

Course Reserves in the Sakai CMS

All articles submitted for reserve will be converted to a PDF and added to Sakai course sites. Audio and video items may either be placed on physical reserve at Multimedia Services, or digitized by Library staff and added to Sakai. Instructors also have the option of posting material themselves. For assistance in digitizing personal materials, please contact Instruction Support Services.

Procedure to add Library items in Sakai:

  1. Fill out the Library's On-line Reserve Form
  2. Follow the steps to add Library staff to your course (see below).
  3. Deliver items to the Library to be digitized, or indicate on the reserve form if the Library owns the item. We will retrieve and digitize it.

Questions? Contact Ben Hogben

Publishing a Course in Sakai

  1. Login to Sakai.
  2. Choose the My Workspace tab at the top.
  3. Choose Worksite Setup in the left margin.
  4. Click New at the top of the frame.
  5. Choose Course Site.
  6. Select the Term from the drop down menu and Continue
  7. You will see a list of courses that you are teaching for that term.   Tick the boxes next to the course titles you want to activate and click Continue.
  8. Choose what Tools should be on your site. By default every site has Site Info and Resources.
  9. Add Library staff to your course so that e-items may be placed in your course-folders. See Adding Library Staff to your Course
  10. Review the settings and click Create Site.

Click to see Creating/activating a Course in Sakai

For more information on using Sakai, visit the ITS Sakai Documentation Site.
Questions about activating your course in Sakai? Contact the ITS Helpdesk at (607) 274-1000, or

Adding Library Staff to your Course

  1. Login to Sakai
  2. Click on the course tab at the top that you would like to add Library staff to.
  3. Click on the Site Info link on the left side bar.
  4. Now, click on the Add Participants link a the top of the page.
  5. Enter for articles/chapters, or for audio/video.
  6. Click Continue, and then select e-Reserve support, and Continue
Note: adding Library staff to your course will grant permission to add and remove reserve related material in the Resources tool.

Click to see Adding Staff to your Course (video)

Copying Files from the Library Dropbox

Use this option if you would like to copy files from the Library Dropbox instead of adding Library staff to your course.

1. Fill out a reserve form, Once Libray staff notifies you that the files are ready, then:
1. Log in to Sakai
2. Click on the Show Other Sites link at the bottom
3. Click on the + icon next to your course
4. Click on Actions -> Copy from the Library Dropbox next to the file you want to copy to your course
5. Next, click on the Paste icon next to your course/folder in the upper half of the screen

Copying Persistant Links from Databases

  1. Go to the Library Home Page.
  2. Click on the Database where your article resides.
  3. Locate the article you would like to link to in Sakai.
  4. The article may have either a Permalink in the right side bar, or a Document URL located at the bottom of the full text.
  5. High-light over either one of these links and then right mouse click, select Copy.
  6. Log into Sakai. Select your course.
  7. Click on the Resources icon on the left.
  8. Click on the Add - > Add Web Links [URLs].
  9. Right mouse click, paste in the link and create a link name.
  10. To report non-working article links on your Sakai site, please contact, or 274-3040.
For more information, refer to the guide Linking to Library Resources

Linking a Reserve Reading List in Sakai

  1. Go to the Library Home Page.
  2. Click on the Reserves icon at the top
  3. Click on Find Reserves by Instructor, Department or Course.
  4. Search for your course
  5. Click on the URL at the top of the browser. Right Mouse Click and then Copy.
  6. Convert the URL to a tiny URL.
  7. Log into Sakai. Select your course.
  8. Click on the Resources icon on the left.
  9. Click on the Add - > Add Web Links [URLs]
  10. Enter in the tiny URL link and link name.