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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

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

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

Resource Lists Rollover 2016: what you need to know

On Friday 3rd June, Library Learning Services will rollover your 2015/16 Resource Lists to 2016/17.

Course Organisers …

Publish any unpublished changes to your Resource Lists by 5pm on Thursday 2nd June (the evening before).

If not, any unpublished changes WILL NOT rollover. In order to avoid this happening, we will go through and publish any unpublished changes.

Please do not edit your list during the rollover period from 9am on Friday 3rd June until 10am on 6th June. Any changes made during this period may be lost. If rollover is complete by end of Friday, we’ll let you know by circulating an update the mailing list and posting on the blog.

Avoid requesting a review during the rollover period.

• Your current 2015/16 Resource List will still be available after Rollover.

• Your new 2016/17 Resource List will be rolled over as published, so you will not have to republish your list.

• You are strongly encouraged to review your Resource List for 2016/17 and, if there are significant changes or you’ve added new items to the list, request a review by 18th July.There’s more information about when to request a review on the IS website.

• If you don’t request a review, your list won’t be automatically checked for new book orders or e-reserve requests.

No longer responsible for a course?  Let us know  and we’ll update the list with the new course organiser’s details.

If you have any questions about rollover or Resource Lists, please get in touch.

A wee reminder that during May-July we’re running lunchtime drop in sessions and a series of workshops (bookable via MyEd).

Angela Laurins, Library Learning Services Manager


Resource Lists Service Statement revised: 10 things you need to know

Making the Library easier
Using Resource Lists Academic teaching staff can avoid filling out multiple forms by sending a reading list and completed coversheet to . Provided all the information we need is included, the Library will process E-reserve, print reserve requests and purchase course reading based on a set of ratios.

Resource Lists Service Statement revised
To make this work we’ve had to look closely at our existing library workflows and figure out how we can integrate the work of several different library teams and make sure our colleagues across all the sites know what to expect from Resource Lists.

The Resource List Service Statement provides the detail (and Librarian’s love detail!) that explains who will do what to make sure the Library delivers on the course materials students need. It also explains how we’ll manage exceptions to the rules.

Don’t let the 13 pages put you off reading it. If you want a comprehensive overview of how we’re managing Resource Lists this year, this document is for you! Resource List Service Statement v2 (PDF) If not, you’ll find all the essential information our webpages:

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Academic teaching staff: tell us about your Resource List (Talis Aspire) experience

Library Learning Services is running a survey aimed at academic teaching and support staff currently using Resource Lists @ Edinburgh (using Talis Aspire).

Big changes
In 2015/16 we introduced some big changes to the Resource Lists service which saw the Library, for the first time, use Resource Lists as a way to inform purchase of core materials, process e-reserve scan requests and identify books to move to Reserve and/or HUB Reserve.

Tell us what you think
We’d be grateful if you would take 10 minutes to complete the short survey.

Complete the survey:

Your feedback will let us know how well we met your expectations and will help us improve for next year.

This survey is intended for teaching and support staff currently using Resource Lists for courses in Session 2015/16. However, if you registered to use the service, but never created or published a Resource List, we’d like to know why.

The survey will run Monday 28th March – Friday 22nd April 2016.

Contact us
If you would like to arrange a demonstration, workshop or refresher session, or, if you have have question about the service, please email:



Semester Two deadlines: 12th October and 9th November

I know, I know, Semester One has barely started and already we’re asking you to send us your Semester Two reading lists.

We have two deadlines:

  1. Library creates Resource List, deadline: 12th October 2015
  2. Course Organiser creates Resource List, deadline: 9th November 2015

Deadlines explained….

12th October 2015 – Library creates Resource List

If you have a reading list that you would like the Library Learning Services team to convert into a beautifully formatted Resource List using Talis Aspire, then please send your list along with a completed Resource List Coversheet to by 12th October.

The Resource List coversheet should be completed for each list submitted. The coversheet  gives us all the information we need to prioritise and process you list, e-reserve scans and book recommendations.

When we’ve created your list we’ll send you a summary of the items on your list, books, journals and articles, with information on how many copies are held and at what libraries.

Clearly indicate on the reading list supplied which items you’d like scanned and we’ll pass on these to the e-reserve team.

Also, provided you have prioritised your list using, Essential, Recommended and Further reading and tell us the expected number of students, we’ll make any book recommendations for additional, or new copies, based on the ratios in the table below.

9th November 2015 – Course organiser creates Resource List

Alternatively, you can use Talis Aspire to create your Resource List(s) yourself. There is a range of user guides to help you get started. If you’re not already registered to use Resource Lists, contact to request access.

If you publish the list by 9th November, prioritise the items on your list and use ‘Note for Library’ to provide details of any e-reserve requests, we’ll review your list, pass on your e-reserve requests, check for number of copies, and, based on the ratios in the table below, pass on any book recommendations for additional or new copies.

Priority Purchased Moved to
Essential 1 copy per 20 students HUB/Reserve
Recommended 1 copy per 40 students Short Loan
Further Reading Direct request required from Course Organiser – 1 copy purchased. Standard Loan

Please note that in order to align services, the Resource Lists Semester Two deadlines are the same as the e-reserve deadlines

There’s more information on the Resource Lists @ Edinburgh service on the IS website.

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a short training session, please get in touch:

Angela Laurins, Library Learning Services Manager