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Online reading lists: a guide for academic staff

Using Talis Aspire to create online reading lists

Publishing your reading list

Once you are satisfied that all key resources have been added and your list is ready to share with your students, please publish your list as soon as you are able;

1. Log in to the system at:

2. Navigate to your online reading list and choose 'Edit List (classic).

3. Click 'Publish;' in the top right of the editing screen.

When to publish your online reading list

Please aim to publish your online reading list at least four to six working weeks prior to the start of term.

This enables the Library to review your list and ensure, where possible, that all items cited are available to students – and in sufficient quantities – to meet demand. We cannot guarantee reading list items will be available for the start of term if lists are received after this deadline.

For guidance on how to publish your lists, watch the screencast on this page.

If you would prefer to print out a step by step guide, you can download a PDF version here:

Getting further help
If you require further guidance with bookmarking items and adding them to your list, please contact your academic Liaison Librarian

Deadlines for publication of reading lists

Many students wish to view their reading lists during the vacation period prior to the start of the module, so the sooner the list is published, the sooner it can be made available to them. This will greatly assist students with managing their academic reading and planning their studies.

In order to ensure all available items can be purchased in time for the start of the academic year, the Library requires a 4–6 week lead time to check lists, place and receive orders and catalogue and process printed materials. Additional items can be added at a later stage.

Even if your lists require some additional resources adding to them for the latter weeks of term, or you would like to reformat it, please publish it as soon as you feel it is ready to be made available.

List Type Deadline for publishing your list
Key Readings 2019-20 5th April 2019
2019-20 session 23rd August 2019
Autumn Term 2019 23rd August 2019
Spring Term 2020 1st November 2019
Summer Term 2020 7th February 2020

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).