Important Library information about teaching resources for Semester 1 2020/21
What you need to do to get ready for the new academic year
Since the campus closure, the Library has been working to make as many teaching resources available electronically as possible. We now need you to work with us to ensure all online reading lists and teaching resources are ready for the new academic year.
Here’s what you need to know:
- How to prepare your reading lists for the course unit rollover in Blackboard
- How to apply for an eTextbook for your students
- How to get support from the Library to add your reading lists to Reading Lists Online
- Updates to the Library’s policy for the purchase of reading list books
Prepare your reading lists for the course unit rollover in Blackboard
- In preparation for the 2020/21 academic year, the Library’s Reading Lists team will duplicate all current reading lists in Reading Lists Online. This is to provide you with a copy of your list to edit for the next academic year. These duplicate reading lists will be visible and ready for you to edit in Reading Lists Online on Monday, 8 June, but your students will not see them in Blackboard.
- Review the importance tags on your new list to ensure they are correct, and tag any new items according to our policy for the purchase of reading list books.
- When your course unit rolls over in Blackboard this summer, your course unit space will automatically link to your new 2020/21 list in Reading Lists Online. Your old 2019/20 list will still be available in Reading Lists Online, but won’t be visible to students in Blackboard.
- Any permalinks embedded into teaching materials will automatically link to your new 2020/21 list.
- If you have any queries, contact the Reading Lists team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Apply for an eTextbook for your students
- The Library’s eTextbook Programme provides each student on a number of undergraduate course units with individual access to an interactive, electronic textbook.
- For an item on your reading list to be considered for the eTextbook Programme, you should tag it as ‘core’ in Reading Lists Online and submit your list to the Reading Lists team by Wednesday, 1 July if possible. Because we know planning your teaching is challenging in these circumstances, we will continue to review eTextbook requests made after 1 July where we can.
- If you want to be considered for the programme, only one item can be tagged as core on your reading list. This should be the item you want to be provided as an eTextbook.
- Email email@example.com for help with eTextbook queries.
Get support from the Library to add your reading lists to Reading Lists Online
- Reading Lists Online is the only way to order new teaching resources for the 2020/21 academic year.
- If your reading lists are not currently in Reading Lists Online, you can add them to the system yourself following the instructions in our user guides, or send your lists to the Library’s Reading Lists team and we will add them for you. We’ll add lists with up to 80 items, and provide support to help you add any remaining items to longer lists.
- Submit your lists as early as possible to ensure your lists and resources are available in time for Semester 1.
- Email your reading lists to the team (firstname.lastname@example.org), indicating each item’s importance tag according to our policy for the purchase of reading list books. This enables us to make sure we provide sufficient access to the resources on your list.
- Email email@example.com for help with reading list queries.
Updates to the Library’s policy for the purchase of reading list books
- We are continually reviewing our policy for the purchase of reading list books and adapting our approach given the changing situation around COVID-19 and the University’s campus closure. We are currently focused on providing online access to teaching resources wherever possible.
- We are doing our best to support your teaching in these challenging circumstances. We already provide staff and students with access to a wealth of online resources, so if you can, please use the Library’s existing e-resources wherever possible. Of course, if you do need a new resource, we’ll do our best to find the best online access option for you.
- Where we are unable to source electronic access for an essential or recommended item on your reading list, the item will be marked with a tag reading 'No e-availability'. To explore the Library’s existing online resources to find an alternative, you can search our catalogue within Reading Lists Online and add items to your list directly, or use Library Search.