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Proquest ebook accessibility features

This is how to turn accessibility mode on (or off) on ebook central:

Here is the accessibility Statement:  -This discusses screen readers and text to speech.

Users can change the Ebook Central website typeface to OpenDyslexic in the user preferences menu. This is how to use ebook central in the OpenDyslexic typeface:

There is also service on HiQ Virtual that lets students convert documents into more accessible formats (eg for screen readers):

Playing and recording streaming video in class

Yes it is possible to record material streamed in class, but under a number of conditions:

If  the content is a licensed item from Clickview or EduTV, then no, you do not have to pause the recording.  This is covered under our Screenrights Licence, so we may stream this in class as well as record and communicate it. The lecturer may wish to include a Copyright notice at the beginning of the lecture recording in order to ensure that we are copyright compliant. There is such a Copyright notice on the EduTV page. Something along these lines would be suitable:


This material has been copied and communicated to you under a Screenrights licence pursuant to Section 113P of the Copyright Act 1968 solely for the educational purposes of your institution. No other use is authorised. 

In regards to YouTube contentit is fine to link to YouTube and stream this content. But unless it is CC-licensed, covered in the Terms of Use, or permission is explicitly granted, there is no other exception or licence that allows for recording. Check the FAQs of the individual channel.

If you wanted to use small clips only however, and because there is no other exception or licence that allows for this content to be recorded, it could theoretically be recorded under the Flexible Dealing exception (s200AB). This is an exception of last resort, and should be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The QUT Copyright officer can assess them under s200AB against the following conditions:

  • The copyright material must be used for the purposes of giving educational instruction.
  • The use must be non-commercial.
  • The circumstances of use must be a special case:
    • use must be narrow in a qualitative and quantitative sense.
    • the amount used should only be what you need for your teaching purposes.
  • The use must not conflict with the normal exploitation of the copyright material you are using:
    • you cannot rely on this section if you can buy or obtain a licence for your use.
    • you cannot use the work/s in a way which the copyright owners would usually make money from.
  • The use must not unreasonably prejudice the copyright owner:
    • your use must not expose the work to piracy.
    • you must not interfere with the quality of the work.

Universities take a risk-management approach to the application of s200AB, so QUT Copyright can assist in determining whether the proposed use satisfies the above criteria and falls under s200AB.

Always check with the QUT university copyright officer for the individual film or documentary as they will investigate the publisher requirements 

Some limited ability to screen from Netflix for educational purposes

Netflix does allow for the streaming of some documentary films for educational purposes. Films marked ‘Grant of Permission for Educational Settings’ allow for ‘one-time educational screenings’. This means you can stream the video in a classroom setting under the following conditions:

  • The documentary may only be accessed via the Netflix service, by a Netflix account holder. We don’t sell DVDs, nor can we provide other ways for you to exhibit the film.
  • The screening must be non-profit and non-commercial. That means you can’t charge admission, fundraise, solicit donations, or accept advertising or commercial sponsorships in connection with the screening.
  • The documentary shall not be screened at any political campaign events and/or electoral campaigning events.
  • Please don’t use Netflix’s logos in any promotion for the screening, or do anything else that indicates that the screening is “official” or endorsed by Netflix.

To find out which titles are available for educational screenings, visit and search for the title.

As mentioned before however, if the material is being used for examination purposes, that is, if viewing the series is required for an assessment piece, then it may be possible to use it. If this is the case, talk to your liaison library or QUT copyright offer, as there may be some additional restrictions due to Netflix’s Terms of Use.


New guide to resources in indigenous business

Aboriginal Words and Place names

2019 is the UN Year of Indigenous Languages and time to consider the importance of knowing more about local Aboriginal words and place names. In an interview Wesley Enoch (artistic director, QUT graduate)said a good place to start is to know whose land you are on, what they call the place and how to say hello and / or goodbye.

So with that in mind below are a few words that might be interesting:

Yugara (Brisbane Region):

Wunya (won-yah) = welcome

Gurumba bigi  (Goo-room-bah big-ee) = good day

Turrbal [Brisbane Northern Suburbs, Caboolture]:

Galang nguruindhau = good day (Gull-ung ngoo-roon-die)

Jandai [Stradbroke Island]

Maroomba biggee = good day  (Mah-room-bah big-ee )


There is a nice video of Wesley Enoch teaching some Jandai words here:

SLQ have other good resources available too and a couple are below:

Aboriginal Languages of the Greater Brisbane Area

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Word List

Turning Your PowerPoint Presentation into a Video

Coursework Students: 4 ways to get started with library research

  1. See library guides to researching by Study Area (e.g. International Business, Accounting)  

  2. Use Study Smart - an online interactive tutorial on information research:

  3. Attend a workshop on research & referencing:

  4. Make a Zoom appointment with a librarian:

Access to Library Services for QUT Students and Staff in China

The advice below is our best understanding of the current access situation in China. We have been told that sometimes access may be "patchy". That is, a service that is known to be "available" may not be available for all students at all times. Daily and regional variations can occur. 

Access to electronic resources

Status: On the whole there are few known database or eBook restrictions. Most platforms are available.  Academic libraries and vendors are working closely together to share information. Linkedin Learning (formerly appears to be "patchy". The latest report is that LinkedIn Learning iOS and Android apps won't authenticate from within China and users with a LinkedIn account can't link it to their enterprise LinkedIn Learning account.  We will continue to monitor the situation. 

 Document Delivery is an option if individual students are unable to access resources electronically (see below). 

QUT Readings

Status: there are no known issues. As above.

Document Delivery

Status: There are no known issues for requesting or supply. 

Access to print books / print material

Status: There is some complexity in this area (logistical, copyright etc) , with no "one size fits all" approach , and so each request needs to be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

Video content

Status: Some formats may not be available (for example YouTube or Vimeo videos / links embedded in Blackboard will not work. These can be re-uploaded to Echo360 to ensure access and copyright compliance) 

Borrowing, Renewing, Returning Loans

Status: There are some logistical issues with mail to and from China and / or access to mail centres within China. 

Enquiry Services / Help

Status: HiQ have confirmed that they are successfully receiving and responding to enquiries through AskQUT email, online chat and  telephone

Problems using Safari for QUT READINGS

Safari has changed its settings - this is causing problems for users of QUT ReadingsComing from Blackboard into QUT Readings, you will be unable to log in and access your reading lists or you appear to have logged in but are asked to do so again. This is due to the constraints put in place by Safari

Please switch your browser to Chrome or Firefox 

QUT Readings - digitisations of ebook chapters

If you request a digitization of a book chapter when it is available as an ebook then it will usually rejected on the assumption of user error. 

However if you want a digitisation because the ebook only allows limited users or users will be offline - then please email to let them know that you know it's an ebook but still require the digitisation & why. 

Please note - the HBR website (and others) sometimes only allow a user to access 3 articles per month. 

All questions, please ask your business liaison librarians: 

Copyright Permissions in Blackboard

A Copyright Permissions content area will be added to all Blackboard teaching site templates in 2020.  In addition, any new sites created this year by Blackboard and LTU will include the Copyright Permissions area.

Most 2019 BB sites have already been created using the current templates which do not include the Copyright Permissions content area but Unit Coordinators can manually add the content area. You can find the instruction for doing so on the DWP > Teaching with Technology > Copyright Guidelines page. 

UCs should use the content area to store permissions for third-party copyright resources they have uploaded to Blackboard, including: 

  • Student exemplars - students own the copyright in their work
    • there is a template form here but a screenshot of an email is fine as well
  • Guest lecturer resources - the copyright is likely to be owned by the guest lecturer or their employer
    • there is a template form for guest lecturers here but a screenshot of an email is also fine
  • Corporate documents, plans, photographs, anything obtained from companies or organizations for use students - again a screenshot of an email permitting the UC to share the resource online with students is fine

UCs will not need to create the area if they do not have permissions to upload.

If you have any questions please contact the copyright compliance offier: . She is  happy to create the content area for you

Getting ready for teaching Sem, 1 2021

Study Smart

Study Smart (online tutorials on information research and literacy) has a brand new look/feel after a major content revision and website upgrade.

Please see attached promo slides for more detail.


Researching and referencing workshops and appointments

                Students can register for workshops and individual appointments (online/on-campus) with a Librarian from this link.


QUT Readings

Use QUT Readings to make copyright material available electronically to students. For further information on how to use various types of materials in your teaching whilst remaining copyright compliant, see here.

Contact me if you require assistance with QUT readings.


Quick guide to copyright in QUT Blackboard

For information on uploading resources to QUT Blackboard and how copyright relates to them, see the Quick Guide to Blackboard and Copyright (PDF, 327KB)


Copyright compliance on Blackboard is easy with these 4 steps:

  1. Link to web content… Don’t upload.
  2. Use QUT Reading Lists, your one-stop-shop for sharing readings with students.
  3. Upload copyright permissions. Be sure to keep a record of any permissions you have received for student exemplars, guest lecturer resources and slides, corporate or industry documents.
  4. Review site contents.


Course Reserve Collection

To ensure student access to high demand items, request they be placed in the Course Reserve Collection. Personal copies of texts can also be placed in the Course Reserve. 

Items in Course Reserve have a maximum two hour loan period and cannot leave the library.

Use the Course Reserve request form to put items in Course Reserve and allow 3 working days to process requests.



Prescribed textbooks and Recommended textbooks are purchased by the Library Resource Services using the Textbook adoption form list supplied by the Bookshop.

Prescribed texts are bought to a ratio of 1 to 50 students to a ceiling of 10 and recommended books are bought to a ratio of 1 to 100 students to a ceiling of 3.

eBooks are preferred and supplied whenever possible.

Let me know as soon as possible if you require new material be purchased for the collection to support your teaching – this can just as well be supplementary material you would like students to access.




Harvard Business Publishing - The Faculty Lounge

Educator Reflections: How Did You Respond to the Sudden Shift Online?
In Hybrid Classes, Some Students Are Likely to Feel Left Out
5 Steps to Stay Focused When Teaching Online
Online Teaching Survival Guide—Episode 3: Students

Harvard Business Publishing: Faculty Lounge highlights

Online teaching & learning in Economics

The Economics Network has designed this unique symposium to explore and demonstrate some possibilities for online teaching, learning and assessment in economics. The symposium will consist of four “themes” in online economics education and will take place mainly over the month of June with the final theme in September. 

With the program moving into the final theme this September archived against the three prior themes are many additional resources and professional development materials from which to draw for future development of classes and lectures.

A Second Look - Resource for Online Teaching

Copyright Compliance and Blackboard

Rather than uploading a pdf to Blackboard - link instead

Even if the pdf of the article is available via QUT databases or freely available online, Australian copyright legislation still means it's not okay to copy & redistribute (unless is specifically has a Creative Commons license) or you can request permission from the copyright owners - but you'll need to include a permission in the Blackboard site

If what you want to redistribute is in print, use QUT Readings to bookmark the item & request a digitization (scan)

Please ask your liaison librarian for assistance


Library guides for your area

What are Subject Guides?
Subject guides are subject specific collections of books, databases, journals and other associated resources curated by liaison librarians.
How do they help student complete coursework?
Subject guides provide students with both starting points for research and core reference materials thereby supporting students as they start in on research intensive assignments or seek skills support materials.
We can also create guides specific to your unit or course

QUT Readings tips

How to 

  • Export a list to pdf or csv
  • Copy a list

Export a list

The reading list can be exported to PDF, CSV or RIS (Endnote) by using the student view.

Within a QUT Readings published list (it need not be yours):

  1. Select View from drop-down menu on the top right hand side of the reading list and select As student.
  2. Select the Citation Style you want to export from the buttons in the middle.
  3. Select the View & Export drop-down menu on the top right hand side to select your preferred format.

Copy a list

You can create a copy of a reading list and change the List Name, Hierarchy and/or Teaching Period without creating a new list from scratch. 

To do so: 

  • Locate the List you wish to copy and select Copy to a new list from the Edit option to the top right of the reading list. 



  • Make any required changes to the List Name, Teaching Period, and Description.

Note: If you require the new list to be associated with a different Hierarchy untick the Copy hierarchy associations to new list button (see screenshot below). Then follow the instructions above to assign a Hierarchy (see hyperlink). 

  • Once the list setting are correct click Create List at the bottom of the page. 

  • All readings from the copied reading list will be copied over into the new, as well as formatting, but you will need to request any digitisations as they will not be live on the newly created list. 

Legal Research Videos for your students

How to answer legal scenarios  and How to find legal cases  - for Business Students  

Study Smart

Online, asynchronous, modularised learning of foundational skills in information research and information literacy.

Course learning outcomes

•identify different assessment types and their specific requirements around information sources and referencing
•identify different types of publications and their appropriate uses
•select appropriate search tools for finding specific sources of information
•apply the steps in the Information Searching Lifecycle to assessment tasks and searching
•create advanced search statements using search techniques
•locate items using the QUT Library search tools
•evaluate information sources for quality using specific criteria
•create reference lists to the specifications of different referencing styles
•apply the principles of Academic Integrity to assessment.
  • Developed in line with QUT’s principles of Online Learning and the Digital Learning Framework
  • Consultations with Learning Designer; Multimedia Developers and Learning & Teaching Unit (Assessment and Academic Integrity) for content development
  • 4 modules with an emphasis on videos, interactive activities, graphics and opportunities to test students understanding throughout.
  • Study Smart Quiz hosted on a Blackboard community site with a Certificate of completion (80% pass) allows for Study Smart to be easily included in Curriculum or as assessment


Essential uni skills workshops Fri 28th + Week 13

Library & SSG are providing a program of activities in weeks 12 and 13 designed to help students successfully complete their final assessments for the semester. 

The program is called “Essential uni skills: writing your final assessment” see here for full details.

QUT Library also offers researching and referencing drop-ins.  

Also: Library Search & Referencing Clinics - next available sessions:

Thu 27 May 2021, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

KG-R-301 (KG Learning Hub), R Block, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus

Fri 28 May 2021, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

GP-V-201 (GP Learning Hub), V Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus 

Copyright considerations for Teaching & Learning with images

Open QUT Readings WITHIN Blackboard

In edit mode:

  • Build Content and choose Learning Module. Name it something [you can edit later]. Submit.
  • Click on the Learning Module you just added, Build Content and choose QUT Readings. Submit.
  • Now turn off edit mode.
  • Click on QUT Readings – choose the list or section [only needs to be done once].
  • Voila!

[ps – The blue ‘relink’ ribbon is not seen by students]


Create clips & interactive video of TV via Clickview

ClickView now has the Library functionality enabled, which provides all QUT students and staff with access to two Library collections:

  1. ClickView University Library is a collection of videos aimed at university students covering disciplines of Business and Finance, Health Sciences, Video and Media Production plus a number of video tutorials related to Study Skills.
  2. QUT Community is a curated collection of videos from the ClickView Exchange related to QUT teaching and learning.  QUT staff can make Exchange or Workspace videos available to students in QUT Community by selecting the More ellipsis – Add to your Library

Several Library staff monitor these incoming requests and once approved the video appears in the QUT Community collection instantly. 

All videos from ClickView University Library and QUT Community are discoverable via Library search (examples: Strategic Tools for Business : PESTLE Analysis Strategic Tools for Business, Library Skills : Copyright: Creative Commons and Attribution Library Skills and Mad Max: Fury Road

Instructions for academic staff and Learning Designers about ClickView, including instructions for embedding videos into Blackboard are available on the Digital Workplace.  Please note that the Link and Embed options will also make any Exchange or Workspace videos available to students so these can be used as an alternative if there are any problems with the Blackboard plugin, or in other web environments.

Just reminder that students are not able to access Exchange or TV due to the conditions of our licence agreement with ClickView. 

QUT Readings - how to easily move sections

FYI  to move sections about using cut & paste.

To put the section where you want it -  Cut (see below) and paste – The paste appears when you hover on the blue frame above where you want it