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Early Access to Resource Lists at University of Stirling

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Valerie Wells presentation on Day Two at Talis Insight 2015

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Early Access to Resource Lists at University of Stirling

  1. 1. Early Access to Resource Lists
  2. 2. Some history…Our initial aim Our aim is to achieve campus wide consistency and accuracy in the provision of reading list information to students and thus save time for students, academic staff and information services staff. Dec 2004
  3. 3. Background • 2003/4 Sentient Discover pilot • 2004 trial of TalisList • 2013 moved to Aspire • Range of Information Services staff involved in creation and management of resource lists • Documentation, guides, policies, workflows, templates for emails, Libguide and videos
  4. 4. Growing like Topsy • Autumn 2005, 89 lists. Just 3 created by academic staff • Now Time period Number of lists Autumn 2014 318 Spring 2015 319 Academic year 63 Total 700
  5. 5. School Number of modules running in Spring 2015 (UG & TPG) Number of modules without resource lists Natural Sciences 112 43 (38%) Arts 153 50 (32%) Management 105 60 (57%) Sport 27 13 (48%) Law 24 6 (25%) School of Applied Social Science 46 14 (30%) Education 46 6 (13%) Health Sciences 28 14 (50%)
  6. 6. Impact for us • Increased contact and communication with academic staff and student union. • We work in partnership with e-Learning colleagues within Information Services. • Increases visibility of Information Services • Know what students are expected to read and equally importantly what they are to purchase. • Increases our awareness of teaching at Stirling – means we make informed collection development decisions
  7. 7. Impacts for us (continued) • We have a better chance of getting the material in the library • Sweating our assets, for example increased our use of the CLA Digitisation Licence 359 items in 2009 1366 items in 2014 • Place at NSS, PTES table –– facilitates improvement in these scores – “quality circle” • Library seen as proactive and a partner in improvement
  8. 8. Usual Arrangement • Resource Link Tool added to all courses in Blackboard in Table of Content on left-hand side menu. • Click on Resource List to access Resource List (opens in a new Window)
  9. 9. What we wanted • To make lists available via Blackboard (our VLE) before the course opened • Students would be able to see the readings earlier and do preparatory reading • They can quickly access lists without going into their modules • Have one location to access all their lists • Linkage to mobile app (mStir)
  10. 10. How we did that • Extended the Blackboard building block to construct a module (panel) that can be used in the ‘My institution’ page (see picture later) • Extended the block to produce output that mobile app can consume
  11. 11. Talis Module / panel • Standard Blackboard module listing all Resource Lists (on non-closed courses) in single location.
  12. 12. Problems • If no list – Automatic message (wording can be changed via building block settings) – Email can be sent to the appropriate subject librarian (set in building block settings) • Help icon links to our Libguide on resource lists http://libguides.stir.ac.uk/resourcelists
  13. 13. Developments • Linking to a section (Learning Modules, Content Areas) • Talis working on LTI linking
  14. 14. Contacts • Valerie Wells, Senior Subject Librarian v.m.wells@stir.ac.uk • Simon Booth, Manager – eLearning Liaison and Development s.p.booth@stir.ac.uk • Blackboard Talis Building Block http://projects.oscelot.org/gf/project/aspire/ (needs to be installed by system admin)

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