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Reading Lists Online

How to edit and updates lists on Reading Lists Online, and how to request digitised extracts.

New List Edit

On the 14th of July 2020 we will introduce a new list edit interface for Reading Lists Online.  The new list view offers a much better user experience, as it provides a simpler and more intuitive way of editing a list. 

In New List Edit, you no longer need to select Edit tab, then choose Edit list. The option to edit the reading list displays as you scroll down the list of references. 

A section of a Reading List, above the selected resource are buttons to add resource, add paragraph and add section.

The old way of editing a reading list, which is now called Edit list (classic) will continue to be available until the end of December 2020.  We think that when you see the benefit of using the New List Edit screen, you will not want to revert back to Edit list (classic).

Editing a reading list in New List Edit

Log on to Reading Lists Online (RLO), and find the list you require. 

If you have been assigned as the list owner, or you have been given authorisation (and you have accepted the invitation) to edit the list, when you scroll down the references on the list, you will see the option to add another reference (add resource), a general message for all students (add paragraph), or add another topic (add section) to the list.

If you have logged on to RLO and selected the list, but you cannot see the options to add resource / add paragraph / add section, please contact your Subject Librarian, who will be able to help you and send you another invitation.   

Do not make a copy of the reading list, as it will cause problems with digitised extracts we have already added to the list. 

We recommend reviewing your reading list on RLO each academic year, to ensure the resources added to the list are still relevant to the module you teach.  Library staff will review your reading list and check for new editions and e-book availability.  If you are still providing your students with word documents or PDFs of module outlines, please make sure that the content of the reading list in RLO, matches the revised content of the list on the module outline and vice versa.  This will help to avoid confusion and misunderstanding. 

Changes to module code and module title

If the title or the code of the module has changed, please contact your Subject Librarian.  They will update the information for you, and link the new code to the hierarchy, so the reading list will display correctly in Moodle. 

If the module you taught last year is now offered to Year 2 instead of Year 3 or vice versa, and the reading list has not changed, please contact your Subject Librarian who will make a copy of the list and create a new node in the hierarchy, so the reading list can be linked to Moodle. 

How to re-order items on the list in New List Edit

You have three options to change the order references appear on the reading list. Go to the item on the list you want to move, then: 

1. click on the up & down arrow on the right hand side of the screen and drag the item to a new section of the list

2. Alternatively, click on the 3 dots on the right hand side of the screen to display a menu and select Move up or Move down depending on where you want to move the reference. It will only move 1 place up or down.  You may need to select Move up or Move down several times if you want to move the reference to another section of the list.

Section of the reading list focused on an item with its view actions menu open showing options including Move up and Move down.

3. Finally, if you want to move the reference to a different section at the top or bottom of the reading list, it is much easier to use the Cut option from the menu, then select the right place on the list you want to move the reference to, and paste it. 

Section of the reading list focused on an item with its Paste and cancel buttons active.

If you change your mind, just select cancel, and the item will return to the original place on the list. 

How to change the order of topics and weekly readings

If you want to change the order you will be teaching the module, or you want to swap around the topics on your reading list, you can quickly move around the sections of the reading list and all the references listed under that topic.  

To swap around the sections, go to the title of the topic you need to move, click on the 3 dots on the right hand side of the screen to open the menu, then select Cut from the menu, find the place on the list you want to move the section to, then select paste. 

If you have numbered the topics, you will need to manually edit the title.  Click on the 3 dots on the right hand side of the screen and select Edit.  Then edit the title of the section and save. 

Adding notes for students 

You can add notes for students to the reading list.  Scroll down the list to the section where you want to add a note, then select Add Paragraph, start typing and remember to save the message. 

You can also add notes to individual references on the reading list.  Find the reference you want to annotate, click on the 3 dots on the right hand side of the screen to display the drop down menu, then select Notes for students.  Type the message and save the note. 

If you need to edit the note, you still need to select the 3 dots on the right hand side, and note for students, before you can edit the text or delete the note. All students enrolled on the module will see the message. 

If you add a comment to Note for Library, the message can only be viewed by library staff. 

Setting reading importance for Essential readings

It is very important that you clearly label the references on the reading list that are essential readings. 

To add the Essential reading label click on the drop down menu next to the reference and select the label. 

This gives clear guidance to the students enrolled on the module, and it is extremely important for library staff who rely on this information to calculate resource allocation and purchase new or additional copies. 

You may have added the references to a section of the list. marked as core or essential reading, this does not automatically assign a label to the reference.  Students have the option to filter the results to type of material and importance.

To order new key titles as quickly as possible, Library staff run reports from reading lists and prioritise items marked as essential readings.