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May 2016

Important changes to the way you add content to Blackboard

(15 May 2016)

From April 2016, all content that is digitised and added to Blackboard and/or Link2Lists must be via request to the Library’s Digitisation team. This can be done by signing into MyManchester and completing the online request form.

Previously, articles and chapters could be self-scanned and uploaded onto Blackboard as long as you reported this to the Library. Unfortunately this process is no longer permitted, as the Digitisation team will now need to supply each scan to the Copyright Licensing Agency’s repository.

The Digitisation team will start sending out replacement links for approximately 9,000 previously-scanned items from mid-May 2016. Any links previously placed directly onto Blackboard will need to be removed, and new links provided. Any links in reading lists (Link2Lists) will also need to be replaced. This should be an extremely straightforward process. 

The reason for this change is to enable the Library to make use of the Copyright Licencing Agency’s new Digital Content Store (DCS) system. The Digitisation team have been beta-testing the product for the past year, to guarantee continuing compliance. 

The long-term benefits of this change include: removing the need for you to scan items, delivery of consistently high-quality material, and access to useful information around usage figures. Taught course unit content will no longer need to be renewed each year, but instead will be renewed automatically.