Enhancing teaching with resource lists

Resource lists

In this post, Library Learning Services Manager, Angela Laurins, guides you through Resource Lists @ Edinburgh…

Resource Lists @ Edinburgh is an online reading list service, using Talis Aspire, which informs Library purchasing and integrates with LEARN and Moodle to provide easy access for students to key course materials.

6 steps to resource listsWhy should I use Resource Lists?

  1. Helps make sure key readings are available in sufficient quantities in the Library or online
  2. Improves the student experience
  3. Saves you time: Resource Lists provides a single entry point to Library Services
  4. Helps you comply with the University’s Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy

Read what Academic teaching staff have to say about their experience using Resource Lists.

Books on shelves

The Library is using Resource Lists to make sure the resources on your reading list are available in the Library in sufficient quantities or are accessible online.  We use the priority you assign to a resource (Essential, Recommended or Further Reading) and the number of students on the course to inform what we buy. The Resource List Service Statement gives you all the detail about how we buy (e)books, or read the much shorter 10 things you need to know blog post.

“For the first time, this year there was no negative criticism in the course feedback from students about the availability of books and articles”

Course Organiser

A gateway to Library resources

The Library can be confusing and overwhelming place for new students. After receiving their reading list, sometimes with hundreds of items listed, where do they start?  Resource Lists provides a gateway to the Library for students and helps raise awareness of the huge numbers of ejournals, ebooks and print books available.

“It’s great that everything is so accessible…a resource list like this makes things a lot less stressful…I think that more courses should adopt a resource list like this”

1st year undergraduate student

Resource Lists are improving the student experience by making it easier for students to access core readings. In short, students spend more time reading and learning and less time searching.

“….it [Resource Lists] has made a huge difference ….no more I can’t find this, or is that online, giving us time to concentrate on knowledge and understanding.”

Course organiser, HCA

An easier Library – saving you time

Resources lists means no more separate forms to request E-reserve scans, relocation of books to HUB/Reserve and filling in individual book recommendation forms. Using the information you give us and some guidelines, the Library will automatically purchase new or additional copies of (e)books, process e-reserve scan requests and distribute books across HUB/Reserve, Short and Standard Loan.

Accessible and Inclusive Learning

Using Resource Lists helps you comply with the University’s Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy which states that, “Reading lists shall indicate priority and/or relevance”. Each item on a Resource List is given a priority (Essential, Recommended or Further reading) which students can use to sort their list.

6 steps to resource listsHow can I use the service?

There are two options:

  1. Create the Resource List yourself and request a review of your list before 18 July 2016. Or
  2. Send your annotated Reading List to Library Learning Services with a completed coversheet by 4 July 2016 and we’ll create a beautifully formatted Resource List for you. You’ll then be responsible for updating the list.

 (Note: deadlines above are for courses in Semester One 2016/17. Semester Two deadlines TBC)

Workshops and drop in sessions

There’s a series of workshops scheduled during May – July. These are ideal if you’ve never used Resource Lists before and want to use Talis Aspire to create your own lists and learn more about how the Library is using Resource Lists to purchase and provide access to core reading materials for students.

If you’ve used Resource Lists before, but need a quick refresher or have a couple of questions about your List come along to one of the lunchtime drop-in sessions.

More information

Take a look at our Resource Lists @ Edinburgh user guides which include a Guide for students and an 8 step Get Started workbook.

Keep up to date via the Resource List blog and follow us on Twitter @ResourceListsEd

Angela Laurins

Angela Laurins is Library Learning Services Manager within Library & University Collections. She manages the Resource List service and the Library’s Open Journals service which provides a platform for academic and students to publish open access journals. Her team also supports 30 + Library Blogs. She has worked at Edinburgh University Library since 2008.

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