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  • Using a field within the bibliographic record also allows us to generate data for reading list items. This included things like book to journal ratio, the average number of items on a list, and most significantly, the usage statistics for each item. This data can then be fed back to the module leaders which they can use to target their reading lists more efficiently (hopefully!). DepartmentMean number of itemsMathematical Sciences3Sociology and Social Policy105DepartmentMedian number of itemsMathematical Sciences3Sociology and Social Policy100DepartmentTotal number of items on reading listsMathematics = 353 Sociology and Social Policy3127Number of items where checkout = 0Mathematics353Sociology and Social Policy1705

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  • 1. Reading lists
    Sarah Roughley & David Clay
    NOWAL Exchange of Experience,
    University of Manchester,
    28th February 2011
  • 2. Motivations
  • 3. Reading lists weren’t assumed to be a problem outside the library but …..
  • 4. “Nothing kills student interest in reading lists as readily as the unavailability or insufficient availability of apparently key items”
  • 5. “the university should work with the library to ensure there are sufficient number of books on subjects set in assignments”
  • 6. “…..…… nearly a third of students began their search using Blackboard VLE.”
  • 7. Pilot Project
    Four academic departments – History, Mathematical Sciences, Sociology and Social Policy, and the BVSc programme in Veterinary Sciences
    Three library assistants from our Academic Liaison team were each allocated a subject.
    Contacted every module leader to ask for a reading list, sending reminders where we didn’t get a response first time around
  • 8. Recorded information on response rates, time taken to process etc
  • 9. Mathematical Sciences – 51%
    History – 47%
    Sociology – 60%
    Veterinary Science – 57%
    Response rates
  • 10. So far, we have received 130 reading lists from the four departments
    Of these, 70% of the recommended books were either not stocked by the library at all or there were not sufficient copies for student numbers.
  • 11. We start with the library catalogue
    A 978 field is added to the bibliographic record of each item on a reading list
  • 12. A brief record is created for journal articles including an Open URL link to the electronic version
  • 13. Search for reading lists by module leader or code in the catalogue
    LMS exports reading lists via RSS
  • 14. RSS feeds are in embedded in subject Libguides ….
    but can also be embedded in web pages
  • 15. And added to Blackboard with a single click via a new add on developed by our computing staff
  • 16. Using the LMS also allows us to generate usage statistics for items on the reading lists
  • 17. Very long reading lists
    Problems with RSS feeds updating and lack of native support for RSS in Blackboard
    Academic staff can’t update reading lists
    Time taken to create journal article records in the catalogue
    Issues
  • 18. The future
    Expand to more academic departments
    Improve the response rate
    Improve the look of reading lists in Blackboard
    Simplifying journal article record creation
    Make reading lists more accessible
    Our system(s) vs alternatives
  • 19. Questions?