Reading_Resource lists


Introducing KeyLinks: the New Reading List Platform

Kortext Press Release
"In August 2017, CLA and Kortext announced their acquisition of the rebus:list reading list management system from PTFS Europe. Over the past few month
s, both companies have worked on rebranding the system and are pleased to reveal that the enhanced product will be relaunched to customers as KeyLinks.
KeyLinks is a platform for academic, public or health libraries, where users can organise and manage content such as journal extracts, articles, case reference files and training materials into easily accessible reading lists.

ExLibris (Leganto) selected for major Reading List project for Welsh Higher Education (WHELF)

From the tender award notice 10th November 2017
Estimated total value excluding VAT: Lowest offer: £57,000.00 (GBP) / Highest offer: £228 000.00 (GBP)
"The Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum (WHELF) is a grouping of Chief Librarians and Directors of Information Services drawn from all the higher education institutions in Wales along with the National Library of Wales, Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, Natural Resources Wales and the Open University in Wales .This tender is being conducted by Swansea University, working in collaboration with Cardiff University to award 4-year framework agreement (on the basis of an initial agreement period of 3 years, with the option to extend for a further 12 months) for a sole provider of a Library Reading Lists System. This agreement will be open to all members of WHELF to call off their own contracts within the framework duration, in order to implement their own Library Reading Lists system"

The role of reading lists in supporting teaching and learning outcomes

The new role of the library in teaching and learning outcomes. By Ken Chad & Helen Anderson. Higher Education Library Technology (H
ELibTech) briefing paper (No. 3). June 2017.
It includes a substantial section on Reading List software

Kortext and CLA acquire rebus:list

Emma Prowse. Kotext [website] August 2017
(press Release) PTFS Europe, Kortext and the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) agree deal to transform the reading list & course materials market for universities and students globally.
"CLA and Kortext, the UK’s leading Digital Learning Platform and etextbooks provider have agreed to buy the rebus:list Reading List Management System from PTFS Europe, a leading supplier of the Koha library management system and other products to the library market.
The rebus:list system has been significantly upgraded to take advantage of modern technologies and to provide simple connectivity with other systems making it more adaptable for today’s dynamic education environment. It is already used by over 30 institutions across the UK and Ireland. CLA and Kortext will work in partnership with PTFS Europe to provide existing customers with a seamless migration to the enhanced system over the next six months. Both existing and new customers will be invited to participate in the future development of the service.
Kortext and CLA are committed to making a significant investment in the system to enhance its current capabilities and create a world leading resource management solution. The system will actively support teaching and learning across education and beyond. Kortext has already developed the Digital Content Store (DCS) for CLA, the revolutionary workflow management system, now used by 77 universities in the UK, to help manage digital course pack creation and distribution to students."

March 2017 Another Reading List system dies.

York Replaces their in-house system with Leganto (ExLibris)
Value: £110,000 (GBP)
Contractaward notice

Reading list management systems (RLMS)

Reading list systems give the user a 'course/module' (or even week by week or the course) view on library resources. They highlight recommended (or essential) reading to students. They allow citations to be annotated (e.g. 'Read chapter 4' or 'essential reading'). In an increasingly electronic/digital age links will be
made from the reading list citation to the full text. For academic staff they allow the maintenance of reading lists (with the ability to pull in new citations) and ability to automatically link reading lists to library resources (in the catalogue/discovery system).

Getting academics to use the 'library' reading list system has often proved challenging and it is not uncommon to find that the library manages much of the process around reading lists. For a library manager point of view links to the acquisition process will be helpful (e.g. suggestions of what to buy, or where more copies are needed and usage statistics). The reading list will typically be closely linked (e.g. embedded) in the institutions learning environment/VLE. 'Reading List systems as described above were a peculiarity of the UK academic library scene for some time.They are unlike (US centric) 'Course Reserve' modules of a typical US ILS (LMS). However in 2015 ExLibris and SirsiDynix announced Reading List solutions.

Who uses what Reading List product?

Click on the heading above to see a list of UK HE institutions with what reading list system they use (listed alongside other systems)

Reading List Market shares (Jan 2017)

SirsDynix (BlueCloud)
In House (various)
Capita (Lists)
Ex Libris (Leganto)
OCLC (WorldCat lists)
PTFS-Europe (Rebus:List)
Talis (Aspire)

Discussion list for reading lists:

Jiscmail discussion list

Annual reading list event

Meeting the Reading List Challenge (MtRLC) Annual event held by Loughborough University (usually in April) that brings together librarians, developers and suppliers to discuss the issues relating to reading lists management.

Presentations on reading lists

What students really think of their reading lists: reading list software at the University of Huddersfield. Alison Sharman. Presented at The UKSG Forum. November 2015

'Options for reading list management: LIG'. by Paul Stainthorp. Paulstainthorpe blog 18th June 2011

'Reading lists - time for a reality check?: LILAC 2012'. by Hannah Rose and Gillian Siddall. NECTAR 19th June 2012

'Reflections on implementing at Loughborough: MtRLC 2012'. by Ruth Stubbings. Meeting the Reading List Challenge website 30th August 2012

'The challenges of providing a reading list service over the past decade: MtRLC 2014'. by Valerie Wells and Lisa Haddow. Meeting the Reading List Challenge website 29th April 2014

Reading lists articles & reports

Further citations (a fuller list of citation from the 'Meeting the Reading List Challenge' website)

Transforming student learning through ResourceLists@Bham.
Polly Harper & Ann-Marie James. SCONUL Focus. 2017

A global and institutional resource-list repository: a treasure trove for deriving new insights and providing innovative services
SADEH, Tamar and FLETCHER, Janet (2016)
VALA2016, Melbourne.

"Gloriously straightforward!": removing barriers to resource discovery. By Suzanne Tatham. In: 2nd CILIP ARLG Study Conference - The Final Frontier, 23-25 June 2014, University of Sussex.

"In this workshop for the CILIP 2014 ARLG conference, we explored some of the issues around resource discovery, looking specifically at the barriers created by having multiple systems, interfaces and points of access. We discussed whether there is more we can do to help students to find the materials they need for their studies.
At the University of Sussex, we use a VLE based on Moodle and the Talis Aspire online reading list system. Our research points to students wanting their VLE to be the place where they go to get everything they need for their academic study. The online reading lists had been linked to students’ module pages but it was a link to an often long and unwieldy list. It was also fairly hidden, at the bottom of the page in the VLE. Most academics at Sussex structure their teaching - in the VLE, reading lists system and elsewhere - into sections specific to a teaching week or topic. For this reason, it seemed an obvious goal to try to integrate the online reading lists in the same way. Students would then be able to discover all their resources for any particular week, all in one place. However, whilst Talis Aspire provides a simple way of linking to a module’s full reading list within Moodle, there is no simple method of linking to a section in a reading list. This integration necessitated some joined up thinking, so the E-learning team and the Library collaborated to deliver what one academic described as “gloriously straightforward!”.

‘Defining the institutional scope, opportunities and challenges of implementing a Reading List Management System
From: Library Systems Support and Guidance [Jisc LMS change project] 2012
"While Reading List Manage systems serve a relatively straightforward function, the workshop quickly identified a large number of integration points with other library, University and 3rd party systems."

'A perspective on resource list management' How has the management of academic resource lists changed, what are library management systems vendors offering and how are resource lists being handled in a social media environment? Published in Library & Information Update (p.39-41). CILIP June 2010
Integrating library services more closely with the student’s learning environment has long been a goal. For over a decade the library/learning system been space contested by a variety approaches. It remains imperfectly resolved.

'Implementing a Resource or Reading List Management System' This article takes you step by step through the various stages of implementing a Resource or Reading List Management System; from writing the business case to involving stakeholders, selecting a system, implementation planning, advocacy, training and data entry. It recognises the hard work required to embed such a system into your institution both during the implementation process and beyond. Published in Ariadne, 71, June 2013

Evaluating Services and Specifications for Reading List Systems
Project Report submitted to The Academic and National Library Training Co-operative Group. By Caleb Derven James Joyce Library University College Dublin. ANLTC/ SWETS Research Fund. Project Report submitted to The Academic and National Library Training Co-operative Group. 31 August 2011

Terms of Reference
●To conduct a comprehensive, international literature review related to the provision of reading list systems in libraries, focusing in particular on open source projects where applicable
●To review current practices and implementations in Sconul and Conul Libraries
●To assess three reading list systems (two open source and one commercially available) in the light of current national practices
●To propose a set of specifications to assist in modelling and implementing systems
●To make a set of recommendations with regard to a nationally accessible reading list system

Reading list management systems (RLMS)

Aspire (Talis)
Talis Aspire is the most widely used solution, in universities worldwide, to manage and deliver their online reading lists and copyright-cleared content services. Talis services integrate with all major ILS and LMS solutions together with a range of authentication services, RROs, bookstores and providers. The cloud based SaaS system hosts nearly 500,000 reading lists, with over 20 million references, serving in excess of 176 million views of reading lists by students each year.
Universities in eight countries, including 60% of all UK universities, use Talis Aspire. For more information about Talis, visit

BLUECloud Course Lists (SirsiDynix)
"BLUEcloud Course Lists will enable your academic staff to create resource lists for each course they teach. For example, professors could organize materials by week, or state whether reading is required or optional, ensuring that students have access to the materials needed for academic success"
Cranfield University in the UK is one of the first customer and plans to go live late 2016 as part of a wider migration to SirsDynix Blue Cloud Campus (Press Release May 2016) BLUEcloud Lists uses a bookmarklet to harvest metadata from virtually any web resource and add the item to a reading list. Authorized users will then be able to publish these lists to SirsiDynix Enterprise and request ILL or purchase for items outside of the library. Academic libraries will also be able to push lists to course reserves and link them to course pages in Blackboard and other learning management systems.

Curriculum Builder (EBSCO)

See: Introducing Curriculum Builder: an LMS plugin hosted by EBSCO by Rachel Freeman. [EBSCO] Discovery Pulse 26 June 2014
Curriculum Builder enables databases, ebooks, and other digital resources from the library’s discovery system to be brought into the online learning environment. An educator, can search your library’s content from within the Learning Managememt Systems and click “Add to Reading List” and the selections are saved. Curriculum Builder allows the annotation of reading list items and copy other reading lists created at the institution. The Curriculum Builder Learning Managememt Syetms EDS plugin is an LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) Tool Provider 1.0, and is compatible with any learning management system that is LTI-compliant. The list of compliant LMS's includes Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, and Desire2Learn.

eReserve Plus (eReserve Pty Ltd)

eReserve Plus Reading List Management and Copyright Reporting Repository provides educational institutions with complete control over the creation of course reading lists and their digital copyright materials access and reporting. eReserve Plus enhances an institutions ability to manage its copyright obligations by greatly reducing the time and resources spent on copyright materials management and reporting, and also reduce the statutory and commercial risk of non-compliance. It a cloud deployed system suitable for use across multiple campuses and can be directly integrated with a variety of Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn/Brightspace) and library systems. eReserve Plus is a well established system and has full support for copyright law from a variety of territories including Australia, UK, New Zealand, Singapore, among many others.

KeyLinks (Kortext)

In August 2017, CLA and Kortext announced their acquisition of the rebus:list reading list management system from PTFS Europe. Over the past few months, both companies have worked on rebranding the system and are pleased to reveal that the enhanced product will be relaunched to customers as KeyLinks.
KeyLinks is a platform for academic, public or health libraries, where users can organise and manage content such as journal extracts, articles, case reference files and training materials into easily accessible reading lists.

Leganto (ExLibris)

Ex Libris Leganto Reading-List Solution Leganto, the newest addition to the Ex Libris product suite, is an independent, cloud‑based service for creating, maintaining, monitoring, evaluating, using, and sharing course readings.This tool saves instructors time and effort, brings additional materials to their attention, helps prevent copyright infringement, shows instructors what their students are doing and thinking, and facilitates collaboration among instructors. UK develomnet partners are Kingston Universoty and Imperial College. Bath selected Leganto as part of a wider more to ExLibris Alma (November 2015)

LORLS (Loughborough University)

LORLS (Loughborough Online Reading List System) is a reading list management system developed by the Systems Team at Loughborough University Library and made available as open source. LORLS has been in use since June 2000 and recently has gone through a complete redevelopment. (See Redeveloping the Loughborough Online Reading List System. By Dr Jon Knight, Dr Jason Cooper and Gary Brewerton, 28 July 2012.)

'MyReading is a Computing & Library Services project to implement an online reading list system for the University of Huddersfield'. (Blackwells)
A Blackwell's service that enables lecturers and others to submit reading list details and as a result enable ordering of books on the list from Blackwell

rebus:list (PTFS Europe)

Rebus:List is now named KeyLinks following it's takeover by Kortext -See Keylinks entry above
'rebus:list is designed to manage all kinds of reading lists, ranging from university course reading for academic libraries, through to best seller lists for public libraries, and current awareness lists for specialist libraries. Fundamental to the design is the concept of complete reading list management aimed at supporting the entire workflow of generating, maintaining, and managing reading lists'.

Telstar (Technology Enhanced Learning supporting STudents to achieve Academic Rigour)

Open source solution developed by the Open University

Defunct systems

EARL (Easy Access to Resource Lists)

York University (in house development as of 2013)
York awarded a contact to ExLibris for the Leganto Reading List system March 2017

List8D (defunct)
'Open source reading list system.List8D was part of the Information Environment Programme funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). This project has ended and List8D has now been replaced at the university of Kent by the Talis Aspire reading list system'.

Learnbuild (defunct)
(appears to be dormant of defunct)

unilibri (defunct)

unilibri is a new reading list management system launching in Semester 2 of the 2012/13 academic year. unilibri is a software as a service, hosted in the cloud, meaning that we are able to offer it for free to institutions. We provide the full range of services expected by libraries and academics whilst taking a new approach to a range of aspects in order to improve workflow efficiencies and promote greater engagement from academics and students.