Open Educational Resources for Teaching and Learning: Digital readings on your reading list

What is a digital reading?

While they are not an Open Educational Resource, digital readings can offer a way for cohorts of students to access essential readings for their course. When the licencing permits, it is possible for the Library to create or acquire digital chapters/sections of books to be added to reading lists. This is particularly useful when an ebook is not available. The Library will scan the physical book and make a digital copy to be used online.These chapters or sections can be accessed by all students on the module or block via their Talis Aspire Reading lists in BlackBoard Learn.

This is possible because Brunel's Copyright Licencing Agency (CLA) licence allows us to make portions of permissible texts available to a specific set of students via the VLE for educational purposes.  The CLA licence makes clear that only a portion of text may be digitised for these purposes, either one chapter or 10% of a book, whichever is greater. 

Not all texts are eligible for digitisation. Check on the CLA Check Permissions tool or ask your Academic Liaison Librarian for advice. 

You can check to see if a book is eligible for digitisation by looking up the ISBN in CLA Check Permission website. This will let you know by a traffic light system if a book is eligible for Scanning (digitisation). Search the ISBN, and select the text you want to digitise. Then in the item record open up the drop down 'Show Higher Education Permissions'.

Page from the copyright licensing association website showing the permissions checker

If the Licence Use 'Scanning' has a green tick beside it the Library can look at digitising the text.

Image of the copyright licensing association website showing the licence usage for the study skills handbook

If it is Amber or Red then it is not possible to create a digital reading.

How to add a digital reading to your Talis Aspire list

Digital reading requests can be made via your Talis Aspire list for your module/study block.

Create a bookmark for the text you need and add it to your list. In the editing mode you can add a 'Library Note' to your Reading list.

Image of Brunel online reading list editing mode with the option to Edit Item, Add Library Note

Use this field to indicate to the Library the chapter or section you would like digitised. It is important to record the page range and chapter title in this field to allow us to digitise the right portion of the text.

Publish your list and request review. Publishing makes changes you have made visible to others. Requesting review notifies the Library team that your list has been edited and will trigger a review of any new requirements.

Your Library Note will be reviewed by the Reading List Digitisation Team to check whether it will be possible to digitise your chapter/section in the timeframe given. In order for a digital reading to be created the Library needs to have a physical copy of the text. If the book is not already in our collections, time and funds for acquisition need to considered. 

Adding a bookmark to your reading list