Upcoming Readings Online information session and demonstration subject


As part of our continuing efforts to promote Readings Online, we’re going to be holding an information session on the 28th Septermber about how this service can help academic staff ensure that their teaching material is copyright compliant.  This session will be held at the Percy Baxter eLearning Studio, Level 1 Baillieu Library from 11am-12pm.  It is open to all staff and will be of interest to lecturers, teaching staff and anyone involved in the preparation of teaching material.

This session will give you an opportunity to explore a demonstration subject where Readings Online is fully implemented, but also firsthand experience of features of the platform by giving you a chance to building your own reading list.  The skills and knowledge you will gain from this session will be of use to you should you want to manage your own reading list through Readings Online.

Spaces are limited so we strongly recommend expressing your interest in attending by registering via email..

If you’re eager to view the Demonstration Subject ahead of time, the instructions on how to do so can be found at the following URL: http://library.unimelb.edu.au/readings-online/readings-online-demonstration 

More information about the services that Readings Online provides can be found on one of our previous blog entries, at their website, or by contacting them at readings-online@unimelb.edu.au .

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LMS and Readings Online unavailable 17 and 18 September


The Learning Management System (LMS) and Readings Online will be unavailable during the scheduled LMS maintenance window from 7:00am Saturday 17 September until 5:00pm Sunday 18 September. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

We are encouraging staff and students to download any material required from Readings Online before the shutdown.  Staff and students will still be able to e-content such as ebooks and journal articles via the catalogue and Discovery.  Simple instructions on how to do this are available from:

How to Access eBooks when Readings Online is Unavailable

How to Access Journal Articles when Readings Online is Unavailable

Please note this will only apply where Readings Online links to an ebook or a journal article that is available electronically via the Library’s databases.  If Readings Online links to a pdf of a print book chapter or journal article, access to the pdf will not be available and the pdf will need to be downloaded before LMS shutdown period.

If you have any questions about this or need assistance please contact us at readings-online@unimelb.edu.au

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Living the Copyright Life

In this week’s blog post, I’d like to feature an update on one of the Copyright Office’s close friends, our former colleague, Astrid Bovell*.

As many of you will know, Astrid took a position at Deakin University almost two years ago now to become their university’s Copyright Manager.  While we’ve kept in touch with Astrid, it’s great to hear what she has been up to in her new role in this interview with Adam Brown, senior lecturer in Media, Communication And Public Relations.

In this informative and engaging conversation, Astrid highlights the responsibilities that she has in her new role and how she manages the challenging copyright issues faced by staff and students at Deakin.  Astrid has been working closely with Adam to teach students in his digital media subject what they need to know about copyright.  Adam and Astrid discuss common misconceptions about copyright, such as the differences between the North American fair use exception and the Australian fair dealing provisions.  She also explains how designing learning activities where students are required to source Creative Commons-licensed material or only use work that they create themselves can expose them to conditions akin to the workforce where the usual fair dealing exceptions for research or study do not apply.  By asking students to only use content they’ve created themselves or is licensed under Creative Commons in their assignments rather than only relying on fair dealing, Astrid and Adam have helped the students create a digital media object that can be used more widely than as part of their assessments.  For example, the students can include the work in their portfolio to show prospective employers or to share on social media as a way of promoting or marketing themselves.  Astrid has also worked with Adam to create a copyright guide to be distributed to students in his subject.

Increasingly a knowledge of copyright is becoming part of the transferable set of skills in information or digital literacy that we try and equip students with so that they are workplace ready.  Copyright is important because students should be aware of how to use copyright material compliantly.  Many of our students in areas such as architecture, building and planning; film and television; music, dance and performance; publishing and digital media and other creative arts disciplines are also creating copyright material of their own. These students need to be aware of how copyright protects their works and what their rights as creators are.  An understanding of copyright benefits the students as creators and artists but is also highly desirable to future employers.

Just as Astrid worked with Adam at Deakin to develop a tailored copyright information and awareness session for digital media students, we can do something similar for your subject.  We can attend one of your classes and deliver a copyright presentation or we can participate in a Q&A session with students.  If you prefer we can develop a copyright guide specifically for your students that can be distributed in class or via your LMS

As Astrid points out, being able to understand the nuances of copyright helps get our students ready for the workforce by imparting them with a set of transferable skills that will serve them well regardless of what career path they take.  If you would like us to speak to your students about copyright issues related to your discipline or research area, please contact the Copyright Office at X46647, or email us: copyright-office@unimelb.edu.au  .


*actually, as of the 28th of February, 2016, it’s Astrid Croft — congratulations, Astrid and Richard!

The new and improved Readings Online: keeping your teaching material copyright compliant just got easier

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If you are involved in making teaching material available to students, then you will probably already be familiar with how important it is to ensure those resources are copyright compliant.   While the statutory licences for educational purposes allow us to make copyright material available to students; academics must make sure that they comply with the limitations on the types of material we’re allowed to us and the limits on the amounts that we are allowed to make available online.   There are marking and citation requirements as well as ensuring only students can access the readings, ideally via the LMS.  All in all, keeping teaching material copyright compliant can be quite challenging even at the best of times.

Readings Online is a service provided by the Library that will manage copyright compliance on your behalf.  Last year, Readings Online implemented specialist eReserve software to better facilitate the creation and maintenance of reading lists as well as ensuring that the University meets its compliance obligations. Subjects using Readings Online don’t need to try and remember all the different dos and don’ts for using copyright material for teaching, staff can simply submit their reading list and all of the copyright requirements will be taken care of.  In 2016, Readings Online has been provided with additional funding to help subjects transition from the LMS into Readings Online.  Subjects who move to Readings Online this year simply need to provide a reading list and Readings Online staff will create your reading list in Readings Online and integrate it into your LMS site. It’s not to late to send in your Semester 1 reading list!

Although copyright compliance is one of the key benefits to Readings Online, other benefits are that it is fully integrated into the University’s Learning Management System (LMS) and allows academics and their students 24/7 seamless access to their reading lists.  Readings which can be sourced from the Library’s databases can be made available to students immediately, and teaching staff can easily add or modify their reading lists by using eReserve’s search interface, or attach PDF files of the required readings during the submission process.  Once readings have been added to the Readings Online database, they be easily shared by other subjects and reused the following year.   Readings can also be easily organised into user-defined categories by simply dragging and dropping them into folders.  Readings Online is able to generate statistics which provides the numbers of students who have accessed each reading. While implementing Readings Online for your subject can save time in meeting the requirements of copyright compliance, it also presents our students with a more consistent learning experience.

You can find out more about Readings Online via their website.

If you  have any questions or if you would like to submit your reading list you can contact your faculty’s liaison librarian, or the Readings Online service.

Welcome to the new Copyright Office Blog!

Happy 2016, and welcome to the new and improved Copyright Office Blog!

It’s going to be an exciting year ahead and we’ve got a lot in store in terms of new information about how to keep copyright compliant regardless of whether you are involved in teaching, research or engagement.

You can still view the old Copyright Office Blog at the following URL: http://copyblog.e.unimelb.edu.au/.  If there are any topics you’d like us to cover, or to send us a tip about any copyright-related news or current issues, please email us at copyright-office@unimelb.edu.au.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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