There are two things we really, really want to push home about Readings:
If it wasn't created by someone at JCU (i.e., we don't own the copyright), then it needs to go into Readings, this helps make sure we don't break copyright.
All students know to go to their Readings lists to find out what they need to read for each subject.
As best practice, at the very least, the required textbook and a link to the referencing guide for the appropriate style for subject should be in your Readings list, so students know exactly what they need to read, and exactly what style they need to follow for their assignments.
Below is the process for using Readings. Each point links to further instructions and details. Read "What is Readings?" before you begin- this explains why it is necessary and what should go in your Readings list.
Don't forget to regularly check your list and keep it up to date
Each subject only needs a list created once. Existing published lists are 'rolled over' to the new time period each year (or teaching period if necessary) by library staff - more information on Rollover here.
Readings is a tool to manage your subject or class readings.
Any text or audio-visual material that was not created specifically for the subject should be placed into the Readings list. The system includes copyright management functions to manage the University’s use of third party materials.
Important information for academic staff
Benefits to using Readings for all third party material, in addition to copyright compliance, include:
What needs to go where?
There are severe consequences for breaches of copyright. Readings is our management tool to ensure copyright regulations are met when using third party resources. The University policy on use of copyright materials for teaching states that:
“Materials can be copied for teaching purposes under the University's AV, Music and Copyright Agency Ltd licenses’. In accordance with University policy, scanned materials for teaching must be saved to Readings” (Copyright - For Lecturers).”
If you want to know more- please contact your Liaison Librarian.
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