Yes you can create a list without a Module Code as it can be added later. This is usually because it’s a module for a new programme that’s being developed so make sure ‘Subject to Approval’ is added in front of the module title and Library staff will sort out which module code it should be linked to.
You don’t have to provide a description, but this could be module code, level, location or a short description about the course. The description appears beneath the title of the reading list. You could indicate in this section if a module is taught at Darlington campus or if it is a distance learning course as this will assist Library staff when purchasing new books for stock.
To make your list more relevant for students you could organise the sections by themes or weekly reading. If the list is being prepared for an Approval/Review event you may need to use the traditional ‘Essential’, ‘Recommended’, ‘Journals’, and ‘Electronic’ sections as given in the indicative resources section of the UTREG form.
Find out what the Library has in stock for your subject area. Carry out a search using Discovery to find print books, ebooks, journal articles and conference papers. See the Editing Lists page for information on how to add them to your RLO.
The number of copies of a book that the Library will buy is based on the Importance Level that you assign – ensure you set the ‘importance’ level, even if the book is in a ‘Recommended’ or ‘Essential’ section. This gives an indication of the level of use likely to be made of an item by the students on that module. Further information can be found in the Editing Lists page.
Yes, the Library can digitise book chapters and journal articles. You can use RLO to request a legal, digitised copy of a book chapter which can be added to the reading list and to Blackboard. Simply add the book to your list as usual and in the Create & Add to List pop up box add a Note for the Library to explain which chapter/pages you would like digitising. Further information can be found on the Editing Lists page in the document explaining how to add a book. There is also more information on the Digitisation Service page.
Sign in to Reading Lists Online, click ‘My Lists’ and choose the list you want to copy. Click on ‘Edit’ and select ‘Copy’ from the drop down menu. Fill in the details on the form that appears and click ‘Create list’. The list will appear as ‘Copy of…’ and will be in draft format.
You are not restricted to editing and publishing your lists only once a year. Keep your list fresh and up-to-date by adding new items (or removing items) but remember you must publish the list again after making any changes
You can change the ownership of a reading list by clicking on Edit and choosing the option to Assign list owner. You can either type the name of the person who should own the list into the search box or click on the link Assign to me. Then click on Save.
You can use RLO Analytics to view how people are using your list. You can look at the total usage, weekly statistics, or you can choose a specific date range. For more information see the Usage Figures page.
Almost all Blackboard modules contain a link to the Reading List that the Library holds for your module. By default, Blackboard will automatically try to find a Reading List for your module based on the module code. However, if you have a support module (SPT code) or would like to link to a different Reading List in your module, then the information in the Reading Lists in Blackboard user guide should help.