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Readings at JCU

How to get the most out of your subject readings at JCU

Readings workflow

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.

  1. Login to Readings and Create a profile (note this only needs to be done once)
  2. Request a Reading list shell (only required once per subject code- lists will rollover each year)
  3. Accept invitation to be List Publisher
  4. Install Browser extension to add resources
  5. Add sections to your list
  6. Add resources to your list using Bookmarks
  7. Request digitisation for chapters, articles or PDFs not legally available online
  8. Publish your list
  9. Link your list (full list or sections) to LearnJCU

Don't forget to â€‹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.

What is Readings?

Readings is a tool to manage your subject or class readings.

In this context 'Readings' refers to any text or audio-visual material for students to read or view that was not created specifically for the subject.

Important information for academic staff

Subject coordinators are responsible for ensuring that all subjects have a list in Readings.  

Lists can be edited and published by any member of staff with permission, however one person (usually the coordinator) must claim ownership.

If you require assistance please contact your Liaison Librarian or use the 'Ask a question form' below.

Where does it go?

This guide outlines the location for most items you are likely to use:

LearnJCU Readings
  • Subject outline
  • Lecture notes e.g. Powerpoint presentations and documents
  • Lecture recordings
  • Unpublished material created by JCU staff for the subject
  • Journal articles (links or PDFs)
  • Books (link to library catalogue or ebook)
  • Book chapters (link to ebook or request digitisation)
  • Youtube videos (and similar)
  • Podcasts
  • Links to other online resources (please note NOT all online materials are available to use legally)

Copyright notice

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).”


Benefits to using Readings for all third party material, in addition to copyright compliance, include:

  • Students have a consistent experience when accessing reading materials
  • Links are checked and maintained by library staff and content quality is regularly reviewed
  • Reading lists can be divided into sections and delivered within the Week or Module of your subject in LearnJCU
  • All readings can be viewed in one place and in the relevant referencing style for the subject
  • Although directly linked in LearnJCU, readings are available 24/7 independently. This means readings can be accessed even if LearnJCU is not available.

If you want to know more- please contact your Liaison Librarian.

Further information


2020 Changes

Changes to Readings procedures

Two major changes to Readings* will be implemented from the 13th January 2020.  These changes will apply to the way reading lists are edited and affect who is responsible for the initial creation of new lists on the Readings platform.

New List Edit Feature

Talis Aspire (our Readings platform) has developed a new interface to make using Readings more intuitive, accessible and user-friendly. The main benefit of this change is that lists can be edited from the main list view, eliminating the need to flick between the list view and edit screensResources and sections can be added, edited and moved without leaving the list view screen.

List Creation

To reduce administrative and technical work for academic staff, professional library staff will create shell lists for subject coordinators and lecturers to populate. This will ensure that list names, hierarchies, and time periods are consistent and follow established protocols. 

These shell lists will be created, named and linked to the Readings hierarchy and time periods. Once the shells are created, academic staff will be invited by email to take ownership of their list.  Adding, removing and editing sections and resources (bookmarks) will continue to be managed by academic staff.

Please note, that to avoid confusion and duplication, only library staff will have the ability to create new lists. New reading list creation requests will have a quick two business day turnaround. 

To request a list shell, please complete the Readings List Request Form (you can start using this process now).

Are you teaching a first year subject in 2020?

To further assist academic staff preparing for first year subjects,  library staff will create shell lists in advance for all Level 1 subjects in 2020 that do not already have a list in Readings (all previously created lists were rolled over to 2020). 

Subject Coordinators will be contacted via email to take ownership of this lists as they are created. 


If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback about these changes please contact the library by replying to this email as soon as possible. The Library Client Services team will respond to you in a timely manner. 


*Readings is the platform JCU uses to legally provide third party resources (such as book chapters, journal articles, online videos, web pages and PDFs) to students. Readings helps lecturers create and maintain lists of readings and other third party resources for students, and automatically ensures that items digitised for student access are copyright compliant. 

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