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Reading List Guide: Introduction

Introduction to the Library's Reading List Service

Submission Dates

The University of Exeter has mandated that all taught modules must have a library managed Reading List. The Reading Lists Policy in the TQA Manual lays out expectations from both sides.

We are still accepting reading lists for term one, but we can't guarantee they will be ready on time due to our heavy workload. However, we can get the first two or three weeks of the list ready and published on ELE.

We can accept a partial list at this early stage and you can send edits later when you know more about what's on your list. Please send your list as a word document if possible. 

Introduction to the Reading List Service

The Library Reading List Team turn your reading lists from word documents into accessible online course resources using software called Talis Aspire. We put links to these Reading Lists on your ELE module pages so they are easy for students to find. 

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We support students and staff in getting the most out of the Library and the resources paid for by your departments. The library team manages the work of tracking down catalogue links and scanning chapters and articles. We are able to ensure copyright compliance and improve resource accessibility.  

Reading Lists can link to 

  • E-books and Journal articles 
  • Scanned chapters and articles from our print collection (where copyright allows) 
  • Records on the online library catalogue 
  • Websites, blogs, and news sites 
  • Videos and other media via platforms such as Box of Broadcasts, Kanopy, or Youtube.  

When we develop a Reading List we are able to check that the Library has sufficient access to the materials required. We will discuss options with you when necessary due to budgetary restraints or the inaccessibility of materials. We will always do our utmost to provide high quality access to the resources you and your students need.  

Reading Lists @ Exeter

Who are We?

In 2012 we started a reading list service that was a basic digital replacement for photocopies held in our ‘High Demand’ collection. Since 2012 we have expanded and developed the service and as of 2019-20 we are doing around 1,500 lists using Talis Aspire software embedded by LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) into ELE and all created alongside other library services by 18 trained members of staff. The reading list service is administered by Sue Abbott (Digital Library Manager) and Simon Foote (Taught Courses Support Coordinator).

Your Liaison Librarian Team

Your Liaison Librarians are available for help and support.

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