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Online Reading Lists: a guide for Academic Staff

A NEW guide for the updated Online Reading Lists support for academic staff.

Updated Edit interface - August 2020

The online Reading Lists system editing screens will be upgraded in early August – the update will make editing online Reading Lists much easier and more intuitive. The change will take place on 10th August 2020, and should not require any system downtime, and you do not need to take any action as your reading list interface will be updated automatically. The main changes are detailed below: 

  • All list editing can be done in the View screen – so you are able to see exactly how students will see your updated reading list, and you don't need to swap to a separate view to make changes. 
  • You will still be able to collect items to add to your online Reading List using the bookmark button, but an additional feature is the Quick Add, which allows you to search for and add books while in the online Reading List screen. 
  • Following the upgrade it will be quicker and easier to move items and entire sections of reading lists, and you'll be able to see any missing information e.g. importance categories 
  • The edit interface will work much better on mobile and tablet devices, and is visible in Blackboard so it will be easier to see all edit options within your Blackboard module. 

With many thanks to early adopters in Schools and Departments across the University for their help in trialing these new features and providing feedback, the Library team is working on updated training materials now. If you have any questions, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

Video summary of updated interface

Introducing online Reading Lists at Reading

This guide is intended to provide you with enough information to get you started on creating your own online reading lists using the University of Reading's online Reading Lists system. 

If you are new to online reading lists - please visit the next tab to find out how to get started.

If you have used online reading lists before, and need support - please visit the third tab for common questions, and further help.

Please use the tabs along the left hand side of this guide to work through the steps to edit, organise and share your online reading list.

 

Access your online reading lists

For access to our online Reading Lists system go to: http://reading.ac.uk/library/readinglists

Supporting your students using their online Reading List

For further guidance on using online reading lists, either ask your students to contact their Academic Liaison Librarian directly, or point them in the direction of our online guide for students, to see what advice we suggest.

Students will access online reading lists through Blackboard. This ensures that students are able to see the most up to date list, for their correct academic year and module. There is more information on linking an online reading list to Blackboard in section 5 of this guide 'Saving and Sharing your list'. 

Overseas campuses/partner institutions

Please note that currently the online Reading Lists system should only be used for modules delivered within the UK (i.e. at Whiteknights or London Road), as the University Library availability information linked to each print item and our e-resource licensing restrictions preclude the use of this software for modules taught at our overseas partnership institutions/campuses.

If you are completely new to online reading lists at the University of Reading, please follow these steps to get started:

1. Set up your account. If you have not yet created an account with the online Reading Lists system, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian. Your Academic Liaison Librarian can also arrange a 30-minute meeting with you to help set up your account, and to help you get started.

2. Download the Bookmarking tool. The Bookmark tool allows you to collect information on items that you want to add to lists. For more information, please see section 2 of this guide: 'Adding the Bookmark button to your web browser'.

If you are editing a list for an existing module, please speak to your Academic Liaison Librarian to access the online reading list for the current academic year.

Please use the tabs along the left hand side of this guide to work through the steps to edit, organise and share your online reading list.

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian.

If you have used online Reading Lists before and you would like a reminder, please follow the steps below:

1. Check that you still have access to the Bookmark Button.  The Bookmark Button allows you to collect information on items that you want to add to lists. For more information, please see section 2 of this guide: 'Adding the Bookmark button to your web browser'.

2. Add to My Lists. Ensure that you are working on the correct version of the list, for the current or upcoming academic year. If you're not sure how to find a current list, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

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You can use the '+ My Lists' button at the top of the reading list to add a list to your 'My Lists' area. This makes it easier to locate - you can view all saved lists in the 'My Lists' section accessible from the top left of the online reading lists screen.

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Now that you have access to the online reading list for the current academic year, you can begin to make edits and updates as necessary. Please use the tabs along the left hand side of this guide to work through the steps to edit, organise and share your online reading list.

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Please use the tabs along the left hand side of this page for more information on aspects of creating, editing, and sharing your online reading list. If you have any questions at all, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian  - we can help via email, over the phone, or in a quick meeting to help in person.

When do I need to publish my list?

Wherever possible, please Publish your lists by the following deadlines. Publishing your lists makes them available to students, and notifies the Library. The Library will need 4-6 working weeks to review online reading lists, order additional items, and ensure that links to online resources are stable.
 

Term Publication deadline (2020/21 academic year)
Full session 2020/21 1st September 2020
Autumn Term 2020 1st September 2020
Spring Term 2020 1st November 2020
Summer Term 2020 1st March 2021

It is still possible to edit and make changes to your lists after these deadlines, and throughout the term. If you have any queries about these timescales or about new essential items added to your online reading list, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

Annual rollover of online reading lists

At the end of each academic year, all Published lists are 'rolled over' and a copy is created for the following academic year e.g. Autumn Term 2019 will be copied to Autumn Term 2020. Each online reading list is laballed with a time period to indicate the year and term in which it is used.

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It is important to check that you are editing the correct online reading list, for the relevant academic year, so please check the time periods before editing. If you notice that a time period for a list that you are working on is incorrect, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

When your list has been rolled over, you will receive an email to let you know that the new version is ready to edit, and to link to your new course in Blackboard. 

Why does the Library need my reading list?

Online reading lists provide your students with a single-point of access to: 

  • real-time availability of items held in the Library, along with location information and number of copies
  • links to Library subscriptions and online resources, encouraging students to make use of academic publications
  • copyright-cleared and CLA licence-compliant scans of chapters and articles
  • links to external webpages, videos, audio and images

Raising student satisfaction with Library resources is one of our highest priorities, and your online reading list can help to ensure that the items that your students need are in stock in the Library in time, and sufficient copies and online access is available wherever possible. You do not need to check links to online material, or location information for books on the shelves in the Library, and your Academic Liaison Librarian will contact you if there are any queries about resources recommended on your reading list.