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Send your list to the Library

Course Organisers can send their reading lists to the Library to set up a Resource List for their course. The Semester 2 deadline will be announced shortly. In the meantime, you can send your Semester 2 reading list whenever it's ready using the form below.

For each Resource List:

  • Complete the online form 
  • Attach your annotated reading list

1. Annotate your reading list

  1. Provide a list of course resources required with full references.
  2. Prioritise items on the list using Essential, Recommended and Further Reading.
  3. Indicate readings for which you would like the Library to try to source a copyright-compliant digitisation. Include chapter details and page numbers.
  4. Indicate any titles that are key texts these are texts for which are core to your teaching and for which a digital verison is essential. The Library may be able to take extra steps to source a digital copy (more information below). 
  5. State clearly if you do not want the most recent edition available added to the list. 

2. Complete the online form and attach your list

The online form asks for information about the course including course name, code and student numbers. You are also required to attach your annotated reading list. 

Resource List request form (EASE login required)

Semester 1 2020/21: Service summary

  • Resource Lists are the Library’s preferred route for managing the provision of course reading.
  • Essential readings should be available to students online.
  • The Library will check e-book availability for ALL Essential and Recommended items.
  • For Semester 1 2020/21 multiple copies of print books will not be purchased. Single copies will be purchased to allow for copyright-compliant digitisations.
  • If a suitable e-book is not available for an Essential item and chapter details and/or page numbers are included to highlight key readings for students, the Library will automatically try to source a copyright-compliant digitisation of the relevant chapter/pages.
  • The Library will link copyright-compliant digitisations to the corresponding citation(s) on Resource Lists and add a Digitisation available tag to highlight availability to students.
  • Course organisers can use their Resource Lists to highlight key texts for which they would like the Library to carry out additional e-book checks.
  • The Library will prioritise Essential readings, followed by Recommended readings.
  • Further reading will not be prioritised.
  • Single copies of new Essential and Recommended print books will be located in Reserve and Short Loan respectively. Existing print holdings will be moved to Reserve or Short Loan as access to buildings allows.
  • Resource Lists with more than 200 citations will be managed in consideration of resource, time and budget.
  • If a title is not available as an e-book or covered by the CLA licence and a scan can’t be provided, Course organisers will be notified and advised to contact their Academic Support Librarian (ASL) as soon as possible if they require help in selecting an alternative text. 

Key texts 

The Library will automatically check e-book availability for ALL Essential and Recommended titles. However, you may wish to highlight a ‘key text’.

In this case, a key text is a title that is used frequently throughout the course or which is core to the teaching of the course. If key texts are not readily available as e-books on an institutional licence basis, the Library may be able to negotiate access based on total number of students enrolled on courses recommending the title. 

Collating the data and negotiating access can take time and e-books provided in this way are sometimes prohibitively expensive.  Also, in some cases, publishers simply do not have digitised versions of texts available for sale or lease on an institutional licence basis, this can often be the case with smaller, niche publishers, or older texts.

Key texts should only be flagged via Resource Lists when no alternative is readily available and you would like the Library to take these additional steps to try to source an online version. Be aware there is no guarantee that this will result in an e-book being made available.


More information on how the Library is managing Resource Lists for Sem 1 2020/21


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