Post readings on Blackboard – Policies

If you require students to read journal articles and book chapters as supplements to course textbooks, the Library can help you post them on your Blackboard course page. If the readings are already available online, the Library will create links for you to post. If the readings are not online, the Library can seek permission to post them as PDFs. Your department must reimburse the Library for any permission fees.

Here are the details:

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

Follow these steps

  • Ask the Technology Help Desk to give Course Builder status to "library.reserves" so Library staff can troubleshoot any problems. No readings will be posted until library.reserves has this status.
  • Send your syllabus in electronic format to The syllabus must include:
    1. Your name
    2. Course department, number, and section(s)
    3. Semester (for example, "Spring 2014")
    4. Complete citations
      1. Journal articles: author(s), article title, journal title, volume, issue, date, page numbers
      2. Book chapters: book author or editor, chapter author if different from book author, chapter title, book title, publisher, date, chapter page numbers

We cannot process incomplete information.

A librarian will:

  • Give you links to readings which are available online
  • Tell you which readings must be posted to your Blackboard course page, and if there will probably be a charge for permission to post each reading. (The University’s interpretation of the copyright fair use concept allows the Library to post a reading for one semester without requesting permission. After that first use, permission must be requested and, if necessary, paid for.) The librarian will tell you
    • If the Library has previously posted and paid for a reading, the cost and the enrollment number for each time the reading was posted
    • If the Library has previously posted a reading without cost, the likelihood of its being subject to a cost this time (The Library cannot estimate the cost.)
    • If the Library has not previously posted a reading

If you decide to post readings for which there will or may be a cost, your department chair must send a statement to, stating your department will reimburse the Library for all costs.

If the Library does not already have scanned copies of readings, you will be asked to provide PDFs or photocopies which we will scan.

PDFs and photocopies of each item must be

  1. accompanied by copyright notice:
    • title page and copyright information page (books) - or -
    • whichever cover or contents page shows the ISSN (journals)
  2. 8-1/2 x 11(either single- or double-sided)
  3. clear and legible
  4. complete (partial chapters or articles will not be accepted)

The Library will post scanned readings to the Blackboard Content System within one week of receiving them.

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 post readings.
  • 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 as described in item #1 of the PDFs and Photocopies section.

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

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