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Post required readings on Blackboard

The Library can post required readings -- journal articles and book chapters that supplement required textbooks -- on Blackboard for you.  

Please follow these steps:

  1. If you are co-teaching a class OR if the same readings are required for multiple sections of a course, appoint one instructor to be the contact person.

  2. Decide on all the readings you will require for the semester.

  3. Do a GTS Help Desk request to give Course Builder status to "library.reserves."

  4. Send your syllabus as a Word document to  Include full citations for the required readings.  To ensure that all the readings are ready by the first day of class, the Library must receive your syllabus at least three weeks before the first day of class, and you must reply promptly to any follow-up requests.

What will happen:

  • A librarian will review all the readings.

  • If a reading is available online, the librarian will give you a link to post.

  • If a reading is not online and has never been used before, the librarian will probably ask you for a PDF.  The librarian will give you specific instructions about it.

  • Within seven days, the librarian will prepare the PDFs and tell you how to link them to Blackboard.

The fine print:

Readings must

  • Be required for the entire class (not optional)

  • Be published or accepted for publication

  • Be protected by copyright held by someone other than the instructor (instructors may independently post readings for which they own the copyright), or be in the public domain

  • Conform to copyright law or have the potential for copyright compliance through royalty payments

Copyright compliance requirements

  • Courses must be password protected

  • Only students enrolled in a course may have access to its course page

  • Copyright permissions are granted for one semester only. Readings posted to the Blackboard Content System are removed at the end of each semester. To post the same readings in a future semester, you must request them again.

  • You may not keep readings after the end of a semester to post again as course reserves. Only the Library may add readings to the Blackboard content system.

  • Readings for which the copyright holder denies permission cannot be used and will be removed from the Blackboard Content System.

  • Documents must include the copyright notice provided by the Library.

Note: The Library has the final decision on copyright compliance issues.



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