Why can't I put library links directly into Blackboard?
Last Updated: Apr 14, 2022     Views: 3

There are several reasons library content cannot be placed directly into Blackboard, but the primary one is due to the lack of tracking offered in Blackboard. We track library content at a granular level, which allows us to:

  • Quickly react when we find issues with content.
  • Update content when we lose access to something.
  • Fix broken URLs without the need to trigger a version change.
  • Accurately provide information to our vendors during contract renewals, which impacts our subscription pricing.

Linking to library content is also complex and requires specialized knowledge. We've worked hard to make it look easy but what most people don't know is that we have an entire guide with very specific linking instructions for library staff because it's that complex. So, rather than push this responsibility on to others, we've opted to keep it on our side of the house in the hopes that, overall, it's easier and less stressful for everyone.