Monthly Archives: January 2016

Your book requests have arrived!

Course Organisers, the book and ebook requests made as a part of resource lists service have been arriving over the past few weeks.

You should have received notification from the Library letting you know that a new title, additional copy or ebook has arrived.

Please don’t forget to add new (e)books to your resource lists for your students to find and use.

Good news: if additional copies of a book on your resource list have arrived, you don’t have to do anything (provided the new copies are the same edition).

New acquisitions

If it’s a new acquisition, the (e)book will need to be added to your resource list. If you would like to do this, find the book on DiscoverEd and use the bookmarklet button in your browser toolbar to add the new (e)book to the list.

If not, we’re currently working our way through the list of new acquisitions and adding new items to your resource lists, so you can expect to hear from us in due course.

It’s a long list!

We’d encourage you to add the new titles yourself: remember to publish your resource list to make the changes live.

It’s really easy to add a new bookmark to your list; our how-to guide can be found on the Resource Lists website:

If you have any questions about adding new (e)books to a resource list, please get in touch.

Sarah Ames, Library Learning Services Assistant

Resource Lists top 5

The final figures are in, and we now have statistical proof that it has been a busy year for the Library Learning Services Team – and Resource Lists @ Edinburgh users.

The total number of published resource lists, at last count, was 490, with 20 schools represented; Literatures, Languages and Cultures tops the list as the School with the most lists, followed closely by History, Classics and Archaeology and Moray House School of Education.

Top 5 Resource Lists

We’ve looked at Google Analytics to find out number of page views and total clicks on individual list items, and after some mathematical magic our top 5 most-used resource lists from last semester comes out as follows:

  1. Sociology 1A (The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society)
  2. American History 2 (Semester 1: Tutorial reading lists)
  3. History of Art 1A (Art at the Crossroads of World Cultures)
  4. Politics in a Changing World
  5. Social Anthropology 1A

It’s been a pretty close race, however, and a lot of lists have a healthy number of views. The top 10 lists all have over 200 students enrolled – so it comes as no surprise that these lists are some of most viewed.

Using the Dashboard to monitor use of your list

If you’d like to take a look at the numbers for your course, have a look at the Dashboard. On each list, you’ll see a green button, next to ‘Table of Contents’, which will take you to the figures.

Here, you can see the number of page views, total clicks and number of clicks on each item on the list, as well as how many annotations students are making and suggested improvements for your entries.

If you have any feedback about what students think about Resource Lists, or if you’d like to see the Google Analytics figures relating to your list, we’d love to hear from you: email

Sarah Ames, Library Learning Services Assistant

Update your resource lists with new acquisitions

The acquisitions emails have been rolling in, so if you required any new books or ebooks for your course, please remember to update your lists.

When your book recommendation arrives, you’ll receive an email from the Acquisitions Team. Please make sure you add these new titles to your resource lists.

In most cases, a temporary placeholder bookmark will have been added to your list, and this will need replacing with a new bookmark linking to the item in DiscoverEd.

Find out how to create bookmarks on our website: How to create and add a bookmark

If the new book or ebook is an additional copy added to existing copies held by the library, there is no need to update your list: the resource list will already point to the current copies.

Any questions, email:

Sarah Ames, Library Learning Services Assistant

Help your students find your lists

It’s great to see so many lists being published, and on such a variety of topics. We’ve been busy reviewing your resource lists and wanted to share a useful tip to help your students find your lists easily.

Setting your profile to ‘public’

If you are the ‘owner’ of a list, we would advise you to set your profile to be publicly visible. When this is the case, students can search for your name to find your lists, without being logged in to Resource Lists @ Edinburgh.

Your lists will also be visible if students search for you on Google.

Changing these settings is very easy to do:

  1. Sign in to Resource Lists @ Edinburgh
  2. Click on your name in the top right of the screen
  3. Select the blue ‘Edit profile’ link in the top right of the screen
  4. You can now change your privacy settings.

As always, please get in touch with us if you’re encountering any difficulties:

Publish your Semester Two resource lists

Happy New Year from the Library Learning Services team!

Now that Semester Two is underway, we would like to remind you to publish your course resource lists.

Publishing your list

If you asked the Library to create the resource list, follow the link in the List publisher invite we sent you. Review your list, go to the ‘Edit’ menu and select ‘Publish’. If you can’t find the email check your junk mail folder, or get in touch and we’ll send the email invite again.

Rolled over lists

If you had a 2014/15 Semester Two list, it has been rolled over and there should be a 2015/16 version of the list. To review, edit and publish the 2015/16 version of your list:

  • Sign in to Resource Lists @ Edinburgh and go to ‘My Lists’.
  • Click on the 2014/15 list. There will be a pale blue note at the top of the list saying ‘A newer version of this list exists in draft form. Click here to review’.
  • Click to view the new 2015/16 draft list. Select the ‘Add to my Lists’ button on the top right of the screen.
  • You should now see a new 2015/16 version of your list in ‘My Lists’

All lists will remain in draft until you decide to publish.

Adding the resource list to LEARN.

When you have published your list, check it’s linked to a course code (if it is, there will be a course code in red in the top right of the screen). You can then use the Resource List tool on Learn or Moodle to link your course and your resource list. There’s a guide explaining how to do this: Adding the Resource List tool in Learn or Moodle (PDF)

Let us know if, for whatever reason, you don’t intend to publish your Semester Two list. We’ll update our records and stop emailing you!

Please feel free to get in touch with us if you need any help with your lists:

Sarah Ames, Library Learning Services Assistant

Welcome back to the new semester!

I’m Sarah Ames, the new Library Learning Services Assistant, here to help with all of your Resource Lists @ Edinburgh enquiries! I’ve joined the Library Learning Services team from my last post at the Web Team, where I was advising website users about content strategy and structure.

I’ll be posting updates here on the blog about the Resource Lists @ Edinburgh service, providing tips about how to make the most of your lists and generally cajoling you into publishing your material.

If you need any help with Resource Lists @ Edinburgh please feel free to drop me a line:

And you can also find us on Twitter: @ResourceListsEd