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Reading Lists Online training guide

Preparing for September 2022

This summer we are progressing our first Reading List Rollover which took place on Friday 15 July. All lists should have been migrated over and mapped to the new Blackboard course codes by Monday 18 July.

This means that you should find that the 'Reading List' link in both the Blackboard Ultra and Blackboard course shells maps to the correct reading list (if you did previously have an online reading list for that module in the 2021-22 academic year).

Steps required to make rolled-over lists available.

As part of the roll-over process, all lists will revert to Draft status so will not be visible to students at this stage. You will need to check that content is showing correctly, delete unwanted items, and add new items as required.

 You can folow the guidance to check your rolled over lists and update them following the process used when we migrated from Keylinks in early 2022.  

You might want to use this opportunity to look over your reading lists, thinking about diversifying content and considering new editions, or purchase/digitisation requests. If you need any support in this respect, please contact your Academic Librarian and Skills Tutor.

Once checked by you, and any new content added the list will need to be ‘Published’ to become visible to students. 
The reading list will then be available for students to use once you make your 2022/23 Blackboard course module public to students. 

If you use Teams rather than Blackboard then you can integrate your reading list into the module Teams site as well.  See our guide on adding lists to Teams.

Adding to Blackboard and MS Teams

You should find that the 'Reading List' link in both the Blackboard Ultra and Blackboard course shells maps to the correct reading list (if you did previously have an online reading list for that module in the 2021-22 academic year).

 If you need help with finding that link please contact your Learning Technologist. 

  • Matt Coombe-Boxall - JSS and IoE
  • Chris Harrison - DTA
  • Jas Sahota - HSW

To add to MS Teams you can add a new tab using the Website option and add the URL for the Reading List. See our guide on adding lists to Teams.

For help with the reading list itself (content or functionality) please contact the Library on readinglists@staffs.ac.uk 

Setting up new reading lists

If you have a new module then there will not be a list automatically mapped to this. This will include those modules that have moved to 20/40 credits. You can create a new list from scratch and associate this with the relevant Blackboard course.  See  the section of the training guide on creating a new list.

In Blackboard when you click the  Reading List  link then you will be prompted to create a new list and associate it with the course/module.

Ordering new books and other resources

All new book requests now need to be made Leganto.  This includes new editions of books already on your list, plus new books. To ensure the process works correctly follow the steps under the ordering new books section of this guide. 

Digitisation requests

Leganto provides the opportunity to manage digitisation in a more streamlined way and digitisation requests can be made as you add content to your list.  See the section on submitting digitisation requests for instructions on how to do this