These are essentially 'curation' tools. Academics (with the help of librarians) create online resource lists - by module/course even week of study. Resource may be further categorized as 'essential' or background' reading. In this way they make 'discovery' largely redundant- least for many undergraduates
In the UK and other countries such as Australia and New Zealand older 'course reserve' modules have almost entirely replaced by more comprehensive Reading List solutions such as Talis Aspire, Ex Libris Leganto or Kortext Keylinks. Reading list solutions are increasingly adopted in the US and worldwide. Marshall Breeding's 2020 Library Systems Report notes that "Leganto …has been purchased by 166 institutions".
Farewell discovery – hello curation and engagement
UKSG Conference 12-14 April 2021 (Group A Breakout session No. 8 ). Over the last 20 years or so, universities have made considerable investments in library centric discovery services. Nevertheless, for some students, especially undergraduates, discovery has become largely irrelevant. They simply log on to their learning management system to find ready prepared links to the print and electronic resources they need that week for their course or module. This is typically because the learning system is linked to a library managed reading/resource list solution. Reading/resource list solutions are essentially ‘curation’ tools. By curation I mean selecting, refining and arranging to add value. The content of a reading list is curated primarily by academics who select the best resources and list them.
The next step is helping students engage with the content. This has become increasingly important in a ‘flipped classroom’ environment where COVID has accelerated the trend to an online learning environment. We are now seeing the rise of specific solutions to better enable engagement with content. They typically encourage group ‘community’ interaction with students who are asked to analyse the content and engage with the reading itself. This UKSG presentation describes and analyses this important trend towards the better curation of, and engagement with content. It encourage librarians to work more closely with university teaching and learning staff and technologists to adopt approaches and solutions that help students better engage with content which, in turn will lead to better learning outcomes
Ex Libris Leganto now includes 'social reading' functionality to 'encourage students to engage with their course materials in a meaningful way' 'With the Leganto tool, students can now:
Communication occurs when it’s most relevant and effective. Students are encouraged to participate and become immersed in the course content in new ways.'
The rise of library centric reading list systems.By Ken Chad. Higher Education Library Technology (HELibTech) Briefing Paper no.5 . July 2018. The last five years have seen a sizable increase in the number of universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand deploying library centric reading lists solutions. A notable change in the last year or so is that library resource list solutions are beginning to be adopted in the US. The paper suggests that reading/resource list systems will have a major impact on the global library technology market just as library ‘discovery services’ did over a decade ago. The paper analyses the impact of reading list solutions on students, academics/faculty, the library and the library supply chain. It looks to future developments including the more extensive use of analytics and the increasing role of reading lists in pedagogical ‘scaffolding’.
SirsiDynix Launches BLUEcloud Course Lists for North America 26th May 2020.SirsiDynix announced the North American launch of BLUEcloud Course Lists, a course reading list management solution for universities, colleges, and schools. BLUEcloud Course Lists gives instructors and library staff the tools they need to collaborate effectively to create interactive online lists of resources that students need for their studies. BLUEcloud Course Lists is now available to all libraries in North America. Availability to all other regions is projected to follow in the third quarter.
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 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.
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"
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."
York Replaces their in-house system with Leganto (ExLibris)
Value: £110,000 (GBP)
Who has what Reading list system
Click on the heading above to see a list of UK HE institutions with what reading list system they use (listed alongside other systems)
Jiscmail discussion list
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.
What students really think of their reading lists: reading list software at the University of Huddersfield. Alison Sharman. Presented at The UKSG Forum. November 2015What_students_really_think_of_their_reading_lists_UKSGForum_Nov_2015.pdf
'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
Further citations (a fuller list of citation from the 'Meeting the Reading List Challenge' website)
Digital-first and student success with Talis Aspire at Northumbria University . by Natalie Naik. 14 October 2019
The library at Northumbria University and Talis have worked in partnership to develop library analytics for student success. The university has been working with the Civitas Learning student success analytics solution. Blog post The blog links to a more in depth white paper:-
“At Northumbria University, an institutional Educational Analytics project in partnership with Civitas Learning required sources of data from across the university to supply a custom predictive model designed to generate actionable insight and facilitate intervention. Given academic libraries are multidisciplinary resources used by all students and that sector research has previously demonstrated the relationship between library use and student success we felt we had a clear value proposition to offer to our University’s Educational Analytics project and in so doing, a chance to make a new contribution to student success.”
It highlights the central role for Library centric reading list solutions (Northumbria use Talis Aspire:
“Through our long-term partnership with faculty, our reading list service had achieved a critical mass of content and had become a key online destination for students, attracting a wide range of student learning activity in one place”.
The rise of library centric reading list systems.
By Ken Chad. Higher Education Library Technology (HELibTech) Briefing Paper no.5 . July 2018
The last five years have seen a sizable increase in the number of universities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand deploying library centric reading lists solutions. A notable change in the last year or so is that library resource list solutions are beginning to be adopted in the US. The paper suggests that reading/resource list systems will have a major impact on the global library technology market just as library ‘discovery services’ did over a decade ago. The paper analyses the impact of reading list solutions on students, academics/faculty, the library and the library supply chain. It looks to future developments including the more extensive use of analytics and the increasing role of reading lists in pedagogical ‘scaffolding’.
Creating effective and interesting reading lists.
Edyta Krol University of West London Coffee Break Tips [blog] 2017
"Some recommendations, which can help make RL more interesting and effective in terms of developing students’ learning"
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)
"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
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 http://talis.com.
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 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'.
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
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
'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) http://www.sentientdiscover.co.uk/Interfacestandard/default.aspx
(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.