Since 2010 our copyright license allows us to scan library material for use on Blackboard. Typically we can scan book chapters or journal articles with restrictions on the amounts that can be digitised. All instructors and teaching assistants with access to Blackboard can avail of the service. Please read on for more details.
We can scan up to 5% of any library book (or a single chapter, whichever comes first) and make it available on specific Blackboard courses in high-quality, searchable PDF format. The service also applies to articles from print journals in the library - a single article or 5% of the issue. We can upload as many different chapters to your Blackboard course as you like - as long as no two chapters come from the same book.
This all follows on from the library's Reading List Support Service. Every year, instructors are invited to submit the reading list for their course so that staff can check the availability of course material in the library. Where necessary, the library can order extra copies of books, or, in the case of high-demand titles, put some on short loan. If requested, the digitisation centre can scan individual chapters for Blackboard under the guidelines laid out above.
There's more information about our scanning service here. Anyone interested in finding out more is welcome to contact our digitisation team at the Digitisation Centre (next to the Special Collections Reading Room on the ground floor of the new Hardiman Research Building); alternatively lecturers can request chapters for scanning via our web help desk.
More information about what we can and can't scan for Blackboard is available at the digitisation centre's Chapter Scanning FAQ.
(Unfortunately for legal reasons we can't send scanned library material directly to users, and we are for the present limited to posting chapters on Blackboard only. Other open-source VLEs such as PBLearn or Moodle aren't currently supported.)
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