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Online reading lists: a guide for academic staff

Using Talis Aspire to create online reading lists

This guide is intended to provide you with enough information to get you started on creating your own online reading lists using the Talis Aspire reading lists system. For access to our online Reading Lists system go to:

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.

Why does the Library need my reading list?

Raising student satisfaction with Library resources is one of our highest priorities so publish your reading list in good time to ensure that:

  • your Liaison Librarian can make sure that student expectations of Library resources are met;
  • the items your students need are in the Library in time (this can vary considerably, so allow 4-6 working weeks for your list to be checked and for items to be ordered, arrive and be processed);
  • there are enough items at the appropriate loan periods to meet the likely demand;
  • the items you are recommending can be found easily on the catalogue - we will re-catalogue any items with brief records;
  • they are accurate and up-to-date - we can alert you to typographical errors which may make it harder for students to locate books or let you know about later editions.

Getting started - first steps to take

If you are new to the system, the first two things you should focus on are:

Setting up your account and profile, and

Installing the 'Add to My Bookmarks' button to your web browser

If you haven't received an 'invitation' to set up your profile on the system, please contact your subject liaison librarian.

Start by making a 'Key Readings, list for your module, see our 3 step guide 

Helping your students with their reading list

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