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Read 'em and weep

My personal journey through 'reading lists'

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Read 'em and weep

  1. 1. Read ‘em and weep “remember to thank all the books you havent read over the past three years”, 6 September 12What is a Reading List?Something to get through course validationList of resources students will need refer to constantly through the courseBibliography of useful resources for a courseWeek by week readingList of books the library should stock
  2. 2. ‫א‬Thursday, 6 September 12Around 2000, working at RHULDecided to implement the Aleph Course reserves•Course reserves and Reading Lists are related but not the same•Clunky data entry (spreadsheets)•Clunky interface (you’ve used an OPAC right? Just lists - not sections or other organisation -just a list of stuff)•Didn’t handle things not in the library very well
  3. 3., 6 September 12Functional, but not pretty
  4. 4. ++‫א‬Thursday, 6 September 12Wanted to:•build on what we’d already done•improve data entry (reduce duplication) not the same•allow more organisation within lists•focus on recreating experience of ‘printed’ listslessons:•Some lists are very very long•data entry improved (just and ID for library materials) but still clunky (Access db)•still not so good for non-library materials
  5. 5., 6 September 12Note that a lot of the readings are different chapters from the ‘course book’Also note that a film screening (presumably to happen in class) is included in the ‘readinglist’
  6. 6., 6 September 12OLIVE - Open Linking in a Virtual (learning) Environment parts to project:Westminster focused on integrating federated search with Blackboard - about using power offederated search to make data entry easy and deal with items not in the library (print)collection easilyRHUL focused on making linking easy - creating OpenURLs. Got involved with discussionsabout an IMS standard for Resource List Integration ( (later JISCfunded attempt to implement IMS RLI not very successful but more to do with Web Services than concept?)Lessons:Benefits to integrationVLEs don’t do a good job of handling resource lists without effort
  7. 7., 6 September 12Who is going to read all 116 items on this list?
  8. 8., 6 September 12My Reading List wilderness years - Imperial CollegeFocus on acquisitionsSpreadsheets and Access databasesLots of work
  9. 9., 6 September 12Nice short list - easy to do, all books
  10. 10., 6 September 12TELSTAR (Technology Enhanced Learning supporting STudents to achieve Academic Rigour) approach - about integrating Referencing with learning environmentFocus on Moodle VLETwo different ways of delivering items:1.integrated into written material2.lists of references(plus a load of other stuff)Lessons:Tension between library desire to ‘manage’ the lists and ease of integration of lists withteaching content (not moved on from ‘I just have my list in a word doc’)Sometimes reading lists are a general list of resources, high level, e.g. list of journals ordatabases - and for these a ‘reference’ style doesn’t really work
  11. 11., 6 September 12More general materials that might be of use during the course - different to more directedreading
  12. 12. Thursday, 6 September 12Sir Louie project at the University of Oxford lists managed by “Citation Helper” tool in SakaiIntegrated ‘add to resource list’ function into Discovery service - aimed at academics whomight build the list
  13. 13. Thursday, 6 September 12Sir Louie project at the University of Oxford lists managed by “Citation Helper” tool in SakaiUsed link back to resource discovery to be able to integrate display of electronic availability(via link resolver)
  14. 14. Thursday, 6 September 12Sir Louie project at the University of Oxford lists managed by “Citation Helper” tool in SakaiUsed link back to resource discovery to be able to integrate display print details (ultimatelyfrom Aleph)
  15. 15., 6 September 12Re-implementation of Telstar with focus on the ‘reading list’ aspectDifferent approach to integrating into the VLE - build lists in RefWorks but allow integrationinto course by pasting a URLIntegration into local resource discovery (Primo) and library catalogue (Aleph) as well asOpenURLPresentation at at
  16. 16., 6 September 12A reading list - but not meant for the library?
  17. 17. Thursday, 6 September 12
  18. 18. Why do you want to ‘manage’ reading lists?Thursday, 6 September 12
  19. 19. Be clear about what you want to achieveThursday, 6 September 12Who is it for?What is it for?
  20. 20. Think about integrations, prioritise the most important for your aimsThursday, 6 September 12
  21. 21. It’s an investmentThursday, 6 September 12Not cheap, think about the long term:Improve student experienceReduce library costsShow value for moneyAdherence to licences
  22. 22. If it was easy, everyone would be doing itThursday, 6 September 12In some ways ‘reading lists’ are a condensed form of the the library service - discovery,delivery, in context, for learning“It appears that there is simply not an easy and cost-effective out-of-the box solution toproviding reading lists since there are so many different requirements and issues to address.”