Add your resource list to LEARN

Course organisers, make it easy for students to access their Semester 2 course reading by adding a link to your resource lists on LEARN.

You can add the link to the main menu and/or to the course content.
To link the resource list to LEARN Make sure:

  1. the list is published,
  2. the is linked to the corresponding time period (eg 2016/17)
  3. the course code on the resource list matches the code used on LEARN.

Here’s a (very) short guide to help: Add a Resource List to LEARN or Moodle

If you can’t find your course code on the Resource List (Talis Aspire) hierarchy, email and we’ll add the code and link your list.

Angela Laurins
Library Learning Services

Reading list procurement project

The Resource List service now provides online reading lists for approximately 900 courses across the University and is one of the key strategic themes for Library and University Collections over the next three years.

The funding we received in the recent planning round recognises the contribution Resource Lists makes to supporting teaching and improving the student experience. This additional funding will enable us to develop and improve a growing service and ensure students have access to core course materials.

At the same time, our contract with our existing Resource List supplier, Talis Aspire, will end in July 2017. As a result, Library and University Collections are currently working with IS Applications on a procurement project which includes academic and student representatives on the Project Board.

As well as fulfilling a legal obligation, the procurement exercise gives us a fantastic opportunity to evaluate the marketplace which has expanded in recent years and helps the Library define its ambitions for increasing adoption of the service.

The Library is committed to developing and supporting the Resource List service, if the system changes (and we may re-select Talis Aspire), it will be because we believe any new system can better meet the needs of academic teaching staff and students. Please be reassured, that if an alternative system were to be selected, existing lists would be transferred.

We expect to make a decision early in 2017. We’ll keep you up to date with developments and if you have any questions or would like any further information, please contact:

Angela Laurins
Library Learning Services Manager

Prioritising your readings

As you look through the resource lists currently online, you’ll see that readings have priority levels against them: ‘Essential’, ‘Recommended’ and ‘Further reading’. It’s important to prioritise your reading lists for two reasons:

1. The Library applies purchase ratios to resource lists

The priorities are one of the factors we use in our purchase ratios: the Library is using resource lists to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of books on shelves (or ebooks online) for students.

The ratios take student numbers and priority level into account to calculate how many books should be available – and, if they aren’t, how many books the Library will purchase.

The ratios are as follows:

Priority Purchase Location
Essential 1 copy per 20 students Distributed across HUB Reserve, Short and Standard Loan,
Recommended 1 copy per 40 students Short Loan
Further Reading Direct request required from Course Organiser – 1 copy purchased. Standard Loan

There’s more information about these on the Resource Lists webpages:

How the Library will order books for courses

2. The Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy

Using Resource Lists helps course organisers to comply with the University’s Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy. This document stipulates that reading lists must indicate priority/relevance of items listed.

More information about this policy is available on the Resource Lists webpages:

Resource Lists and the University’s Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy (PDF)


Resource Lists workshops

We’re running two Resource Lists workshops next week for academic staff and course administrators.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to use Talis Aspire to create your own resource lists. We’ll also explain how the Library is using Resource Lists to manage Course Collections and provide access to core reading materials for students.

Booking open

Booking is now open on MyEd for the following dates:

3 October

7 October

One-to-one and refresher training

We’re also happy to come to you and hold one-to-one or refresher sessions to fit around Course Organisers’ schedules: please contact

More information about the Resource List services is available on our webpages:

Resource Lists webpages

Quick tip: How to add a book we don’t hold in the Library to your resource list

Course organisers, if you want to add a book to your resource list(s) and you can’t find it in DiscoverED, find it on the National Library of Scotland (NLS) catalogue or on any bookseller’s website and bookmark it from there.

The bookmark from the NLS or bookseller acts as a placeholder on the list. When you request a review of your list, we’ll check all items on the list against current holdings in the Library, if we don’t have any copies, we’ll use the details on the placeholder bookmark to process the book recommendation. You can help us, by using ‘Note for Library’ to highlight that we need to purchase copies of any title not held.

Remember to use ‘Note for Library’ to request e-reserve scans, additional copies or provide information about a list item and to request a review of your Semester 2 Resource Lists by 31st October.

More information on requesting a review of your list(s).

Angela Laurins
Library Learning Services

Resource Lists: Semester 2 deadlines announced

Course organisers, send your lists to by 17th October.
Alternatively, if you’re creating your Resource List yourself, request a review by 31st October.

Ask the Library to create your Semester 2 Resource List(s)
Send your annotated reading list with a completed coversheet to by 17th October and we’ll create a beautifully formatted Resource List using Talis Aspire, process your e-reserve scan requests, book recommendations and move any ‘Essential’ texts to HUB/Reserve.

More information on sending your reading lists to the Library.

Create your own Semester 2 Resource List (s)
Remember to prioritise items on your list, include expected student numbers and use ‘Note for Library’ to request e-reserve scans, additional copies of texts or provide the Library with any information about a resource .

If you want the Library to take action, eg provide a scan or purchase books, you need to request a review of your Resource List(s).

Request a review by 31st October to give the Library as much time as possible to process any book orders, e-reserve scan requests and move ‘Essential’ books to HUB/Reserve.

You may submit lists for review after this deadline, and we will do our best to fulfil requests, but we can’t guarantee that all readings will be available in time for the start of Semester 2 teaching.

If you’ve not used Resource Lists before, email and request access.

More information on creating your own Resource List(s)

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Request a review of your Resource List – one week until 18th July deadline

Course organises, if you’re using Talis Aspire to create your Resource List yourself, request a review for your resource list on or before 18th July

Why it’s important to request a review
The Library is not notified automatically when a list is published. It’s up to you to let us know you’ve published your list!

If you don’t request a review, the library won’t check your resource list, process book orders, move books to HUB/Reserve or process e-reserve scans.

You have to request a review if you want the Library to check that we have sufficient copies of core texts, process any book orders for new or additional copies, move items to HUB/Reserve and check that electronic access is available.

If you have used ‘Note for Library’ to request e-reserve scans or provide any information about the texts on your list, you need to request a review so we can act on this information.

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Two weeks to send the Library your Reading Lists!

A wee reminder to Course Organisers that you have two weeks to send your Reading Lists to the Library to turn into beautifully formatted Resource Lists using Talis Aspire. The deadline for sending your Semester one lists to us is Monday 4th July.

Please annotate your reading lists by prioritising resources using Essential, Recommended or Further reading and highlight any e-reserve (scanning) requests and send your lists with a completed coversheet to 

We will order new or additional copies of book (or ebooks) based on published ratios, process scans and move books to HUB or Reserve.

The coversheet is available to download on the Information Services website (along with more information about the Resource List service and how the library will order books):

Check out the 10 things you need to know about using the Resource List service.

If you prefer to create your own Resource Lists you should submit your list for review by 18th July.

More information:

Help and workshops

Book onto our last workshop on 4th July:

Come along to a lunchtime drop-in session:

Or get in touch to arrange a 1-2-1:

Please note we will confirm deadlines for Semester two lists in due course (likely early November).

Angela Laurins, Library Learning Services Manager

Add books not held by the Library to your Resource List

If the Library doesn’t hold a book that you’d like to add to your list, this shouldn’t stop you adding it anyway – in fact, one of the reasons we’re using Resource Lists is to inform our course materials purchasing decisions, so it’s important that you flag it up to us.

Bookmarking a book not held in the Library’s collections

When you’re unable to find a book in DiscoverEd, we’d recommend you carry out the following steps:

  1. Find the book on another website, such as Amazon or the NLS;
  2. ‘Bookmark’ the book from this page (consult our guidance on bookmarking to find out how to do this – Add Bookmarks);
  3. Check that the bibliographic details are as complete as possible (also remember to remove any URL to Amazon) – you can add more using the drop down list at the bottom of the screen;
  4. Add the reading to your list;
  5. Send your list in for a Library review.

Submit your list for a ‘review’

This final point is particularly important: unless you submit your resource list for a ‘review’, the Library won’t see your list and won’t be able to act. Whenever you would like the Library to check or act on items on your list, send it for a review.

Request a Library review of your list

If you have any questions about this, or about Resource Lists in general, please email

Rollover: completed successfully

Rollover has been completed successfully.  Course Organisers  should now have access to the 2016/17 version of your Resource List. Please note that ALL 2016/17 versions of your Resource Lists which were rolled over are now published.

I’d encourage you all to review your 2016/17 resource lists. If there are any changes to the list and you would like the library to take action (eg order books, provide a scan, move books to HUB) then use ‘Note for Library’ to tell us about it and request a review of your list.

More information on requesting a review

Request any reviews  by 18th July to allow sufficient time for orders to be placed and arrive in time for the start of teaching.  If you don’t request a review we won’t order any new or additional copies, provide scans or move any new ‘Essential’ to HUB/Reserve!

If you have new Resource Lists you’d like the Library to create, please send these to by 4th July.

More information on asking the Library to create your list  and download the coversheet

If you are new to Resource Lists or would like a refresher, I’d encourage you to sign up for one of the workshops we’re running in June or come along to one of the drop-in sessions.


Drop-in sessions:

There’s more information on using the Resource lists service on the IS website:

Angela Laurins, Library Learning Services Manager