Monthly Archives: March 2016

New user guides for Resource Lists

We’ve been reviewing and revamping our user guides, to help make using Resource Lists @ Edinburgh even easier.

Our new, slimmed-down guides offer you all you need to get started with Resource Lists.

On our website, you can now find:

  • Get started: 8 steps to publishing a Resource List (workbook)
  • Create and add bookmarks
  • Add a Resource List to LEARN or Moodle
  • Review and publish

Resource Lists user guides

If you have any questions about Resource Lists, please contact

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:



Resource Lists workshops

We’re running Resource Lists workshops in May and June 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:

5 May (1400-1600)

10 May (1000-1200)

23 May (1400-1600)

8 June (1400-1600)

15 June (1000-1200)

20 June (1400-1600)

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 the IS website:

Resource Lists webpages

Acquisitions generated from Resource Lists

The Library has been working hard to meet student expectations by buying more of the books on course reading lists. Using the Resource List service lets us know what the core texts are.

As result, it’s been a bumper year for new book requests coming from Resource Lists. Over the course of 2015/16, Resource Lists have generated around 1,400 book recommendations.

That’s up to 4,800 new books, additional copies or ebooks available to students.

New books now added to Resource Lists

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working our way through the long list of new acquisitions and adding links to them to your Resource Lists.

If you’ve had an email from us letting you know that we’ve added new items, please remember to publish your list so that your students can see the changes!

Update your lists

While we try to help by adding links to new books, we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to do this quickly.

So, when you receive an email notifying you that new books are available, please remember to update your Resource List by adding a new bookmark; then republish your list to make the change live.

There are some helpful guides about editing and updating your lists on our webpages:

User guides webpages

How the Library decides what to buy

For more information about the criteria we use to determine what to buy, have a look at the IS website:

Resource Lists webpages

If you have any questions about the Resource List service, please email