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Online Reading Lists: a guide for Academic Staff

A guide to using the Talis Online Reading Lists system for academic staff

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.
 

  Publication deadline (2024/25 academic year)
Full session 2024/25 31 July 2024
Semester 1 2024/25 31 July 2024
Semester 2 2025 1 December 2024

It is still possible to edit and make changes to your lists after these deadlines, and throughout the year. 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.

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. 

Can I export resources from my online Reading List into Endnote?

Please follow the instructions below to export resources from 'My Bookmarks' into your EndNote Library.

  1. Sign into the online Reading Lists system.
  2. Go to 'My Bookmarks' at the top left of the page, and tick those ones you want to export. To export all resources on this page, tick the box at the top of the column (NB if you have multiple pages of bookmarks this will only export the ones on that page).
  3. Click on 'Action' and choose 'Export citations'. This will produce a .ris file which you will need to save.
  4.  Email/share this file with colleagues or import it into an EndNote library.

Please follow the instructions below to export resources from an online Reading List into your EndNote Library.

  1. Sign into the online Reading Lists system and navigate to the list you would like to export.
  2. Click on 'View' in the top right of the list and choose 'As Student'
  3. Click on 'View and Export' and choose 'RIS' under export. This will produce a .ris file which you will need to save.
  4.  Email/share this file with colleagues or import it into an EndNote library.

Based on instructions developed by Jo Akers at Oxford Brookes University

Can I import references from my EndNote Library into My Bookmarks?

Please follow the instructions in this PDF guide.

Can I combine print and ebooks on my online Reading List?

Yes, you can add an ebook link to the bookmarked print record - please see the screencast below for a demonstration. The Library team will also check to ensure that ebook links are added wherever available, but adding an ebook link can save time and ensure that the link is more readily available to your students. 

  1. Search Enterprise for the title and author of your recommended item
  2. Firstly copy the link for the e-book from the results list. Do this by right-clicking on the 'Click here for online access to this book (University username and password required)' link and copying the link ( in Chrome select ‘Copy link address’, in Firefox select ‘Copy Link Location’)
  3. In Enterprise, click on the title of the print version of the recommended book
  4. Click on the Bookmark Browser Extension button in your web browser.
  5. Add an additional ‘Web address’ field using the dropdown box in the bottom left of the page, and click 'Add'. You should now see a Web Address field on the left hand side of the page alongside the book details.
  6. Right-click and Paste the copied link to this field
  7. Tick the ‘Online Resource’ box at the bottom of the page and click ‘OK’ in the pop up to confirm using the Web Address for the link
  8. Click on 'Create' or 'Create & Add to List' 

Can I combine multiple reading lists into one list?

No. But you can import bookmarked items from one reading list into your 'My Bookmarks' page and then add these to another list by dragging and dropping them into the new list. See the advice given above on importing bookmarks from an existing list. Download our step by step guide below.

Why do I see an error message when I try to login or edit an online Reading List?

 You need to be logged in to the system to view draft lists. If you are not logged in, you will receive an error message along the lines of 'Page not found'

I cannot see the 'create a list' option in my account, why is this? To be able to create, edit, publish and share lists on the system you need to have been allocated the 'role' of 'list publisher'. If you have not received an automated email from @talisaspire.com inviting you to accept an invitation to become a ‘List Publisher’, then contact your Aacdemic Liaison Librarian for further help.

How do I delete an online Reading List?

Lists deletion can only be undertaken by the system administrators. Please email readinglists@reading.ac.uk if you wish to have a list deleted. Please provide a reason for the list to be deleted.

Can I create more than one reading list for the same module?

Yes, it is possible to create more than one list for the same module - please be aware that if you do this, you will need to link twice in Blackboard so that students have access to both lists. In some cases, you may prefer to split the list into multiple sections, and link to each section separately in Blackboard - this means that you will only have to manage one list each year.

Please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for more information on the options available.

How do I link to more than one reading list in Blackboard?

Please see the guidance on our 'Saving and Sharing your online reading list' page, linked below.

How do I link to a section of a list in Blackboard?

Please see the guidance on our 'Saving and Sharing your online reading list' page, linked below.

Can I release sections of lists on a weekly basis?

This is not possible in the online Reading Lists system, but it is possible within Blackboard to link to a section of a reading list, and edit the settings to make the link available after a certain date.

Please see the guidance on our 'Saving and Sharing your online reading list' page, linked below.

How do I delete an online reading list?

List deletion can only be undertaken by the system administrators. Please email readinglists@reading.ac.uk if you wish to have a list deleted, including a reason why the list is no longer needed.

Reading lists for international partnership institutions/campuses

Please note that the online Reading Lists system (Talis) should only be used for modules delivered within the UK (i.e. at Whiteknights or London Road), it is not licensed for use at our international partnership institutions/campuses.

The University Library availability information linked to each print item and our e-resource and copyright licensing agreements preclude the use of this software for modules taught at our international partnership institutions/campuses, including Malaysia.

If you require duplicate reading lists for modules taught at our international partnership institutions, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for further advice.