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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 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.


Access your online reading lists

For access to our online Reading Lists system go to:

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.

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. Please see the Bookmarking section of this guide for more information.

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.

If you are creating a new 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 bookmarking tool. You will need to use the bookmarking tool in your browser to collect items to add to your online lists, please see the bookmarking section of this guide for more information.

2. Add to My Lists. Ensure that the list that you are working on has been created for the current academic year. 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.
If you're not sure how to find a current list, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.3. 

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:

‚ÄčIf you have any further questions, please get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian!

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.

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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 Academic 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.