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Online reading lists: a guide for academic staff

Using Talis Aspire to create online reading lists

Using the system

How do I access the system?
If you already have an account log in at : http://reading.ac.uk/library/readinglists and log in using your University of Reading Single Sign-On username and password.

If you do not have an account, email your academic Liaison Librarian and ask for help.In order to begin creating online reading lists, you will need to have an account set up for you on the online Reading Lists system. Your Academic Liaison Librarian can send out ‘invites’ to named members of staff to assign them specific roles on the University’s online reading lists system, e.g. 'List publisher' which allows you to create and edit a list, link it to a module in the system, publish lists, request a list review (by the Library) and place scan requests.

Can I create a list for an overseas campus/partner institution?
Not at this time. The Reading Lists system should only be used for modules delivered within the UK (i.e. at Whiteknights or London Road), as library availability information and e-resource licensing restrictions preclude the use of this software for modules taught at our overseas partnership institutions/campuses.

Bookmarking FAQs

Where can I bookmark from? For a list of resources you can link to using you Bookmarking tool, see the list on the Talis website

Can I combine print and e-book items on my list? For information how to combine print and e-book titles see our step by step guide to adding items to your reading list. 

Can I import all the bookmarks from an existing reading list? Yes, you can import all the resources bookmarked on a published list into your 'My Bookmarks' page. Go to Export - Export Citations then export these to a .RIS file (the default option). Save this file and then go to My Bookmarks, select Add and then choose Import citations from the drop down list. Import the .RIS file and these citations will be added to your bookmarks. You can also import bookmarks on an individual basis. Click on the item to open up the details, then click on the 'Add to My Bookmarks' button displayed just below the title of the resource. Download our step by step guide here

Can I combine reading lists on the system? 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 here

Can I import/export references to/from Endnote? You can export references from your Talis reading lists to Endnote or import references from Endnote to Talis as bookmarks, see our Endnote webpage for more details.

List creation and editing FAQs

Why do I get an error message when I try to view the list assigned to me? 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.

Can I combine reading lists on the system? 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 in our Bookmarking FAQs for details of how to importing bookmarks from an existing list.

Can I have the same reading list for two different modules? Yes, just link to both modules on the 'hierarchy' from your reading list. From the Edit option select 'Link to Hierarchy' and browse for all relevant modules. We also recommend naming your list with both module titles e.g. 'ABC1 Research Skills & ABC2 Researching your topic'. See our 'Hierarchy Troubleshooting' guide for more details.

Can I delete a reading list on the system? No. Lists deletion can only be undertaken by the system administrators. Please email readinglists@reading.ac.uk if you wish to have a list deleted. it is helpful if you can provide the reason why the list should be deleted. 

Publishing FAQs

What if I can't meet the deadline? Whilst lists may not be finalised at this stage, these deadlines have been set to enable the Library to prepare the bulk of orders for the new academic year. Additional items can be added at a later stage.  So even if you just get the essential texts on the list it enables students to prepare for the module in advance and the Library sufficient time to ensure resources are held in stock prior to the start of term. If you really cannot get a list of essential items published 4-6 weeks before term starts, please email your academic Liaison Librarian as soon as possible.

I have been assigned a list to review and publish, but I can't edit / publish the list, even if I am logged in and can edit other lists. What do I do? To be able to create, edit, publish and share lists on the system you need to have been allocated the 'role' of 'list publisher' for the list concerned. 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 academic Liaison Librarian for further help.

I want a colleague to contribute to my list, but I can't find them on the system. What do I do? Email your academic Liaison Librarian, who will arrange access for your colleague. N.B. Only staff with UoR IT accounts (i.e. can log-in via Single Sign-On) can have access to the reading lists system.

Why does my list have to be openly available online? There are a number of advantages that come with making module reading lists publicly available, please see the statement provided on this page for more details.

Blackboard intergration FAQs

Can I change the reading list link on my Blackboard module content in the same academic year, e.g. from the Autumn Term list to the Spring Term one?
If you have two or more lists for your module for the same academic year, e.g. Autumn Term, Spring Term etc. and you wish students to view only one list within your module content on Blackboard, you can use the 'Relink' button to link your Reading Lists menu item to a different list. 

How do I link to a specific section of my reading list?
Watch this screencast for guidance

 

The public nature of our online reading lists

Module reading lists will continue to be the property of module conveners, who are receiving training in how to create and maintain them in this way. Online reading lists are not intended to replace module handbooks or provide the comprehensive information found within these concerning the way staff intend to teach a particular topic.

Talis reading lists sit on an external website and will be linked to from Blackboard module organisations and potentially the Library’s catalogue search screen. Unlike Blackboard, these reading lists will not be password protected, meaning that anyone from outside the University can read them, The advice of IMPS is that this raises no significant intellectual property issues for the University, given that the content of a reading list is largely bibliographical information available from any library website. All lists have the statement All rights reserved © added to them by default.

There are, on the other hand, a number of advantages that come with making module reading lists publically available, including the following three.

  1. Access to resources 24/7, 365 days of the year

Current students will be able to view their reading lists at all times, even when Blackboard modules are not available to them, so they can more effectively plan their studies and prepare for the academic year/term ahead.

  1. Showcasing our TEL initiatives and supportive approach to T&L to current and prospective students

Having openly accessible reading lists provides us with the opportunity to showcase our approaches to technology enhanced learning and supportive teaching and learning to prospective as well as current students, may give us the edge over our competitors, (a large number of the UK HEIs using Talis have elected to have their lists openly accessible.) Being able to see the range of materials available at Reading, and the guidance provided on making best use of these, reflects our supportive learning environment, and may help inform choices around university applications.

  1. Informing module choices

Having access to reading lists for modules/courses outside of those on which students are enrolled may assist them with module choices for the coming academic year, as these lists can provide a more comprehensive overview of the range of materials being used, in addition to the brief list of readings provided by Module Description Forms.

This statement was approved at the April 2016 meeting of the Sub-Committee for the Delivery and Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (DELT).