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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

Resource Lists drop-ins

While course organisers are busy reviewing reading lists over the summer months, we’ll be running a series of lunchtime Resource Lists drop in sessions: we know that many of you only need to use the system once a year so we’ll be on hand to provide any guidance or assistance you’d like as you refresh your lists.

What we can help with

If you have any questions at all about your resource lists, or want to find out more about how to create a new one or what you can do with resource lists, please feel free to come along.

Topics that come up frequently are:

  • How to prepare your list for rollover and the new semester;
  • How to create and add bookmarks;
  • Adding your list to LEARN or Moodle;
  • Adding online articles or ebooks to your list.

We’ll also be happy to run through our workbook with you and to set you up in the system.

When to come

We’ll be in the Main Library at the following times:

12-1pm, 25 May (room 1.10)

1-2pm, 31 May (room 1.10)

12-1pm, 8 June (room 1.12)

12-1pm, 14 June (room 1.10)

12-1pm, 21 June (room 1.10)

12-1pm, 30 June (room 1.10)

12-1pm, 7 July (room 1.12)

Contact us

If you’d like to contact us by email with any questions instead, or just drop us a line to let us know you’ll be coming, please email

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:

Resource List Service Statement: 10 things you need to know Continue reading

Resource Lists: summer deadlines and ‘rollover’

We’ll soon be circulating information about this year’s ‘rollover’ – the annual update when existing Resource Lists for the current academic year are copied over to the next academic year, 2016/17.

If you’ve made changes, submit your list for review by 18 July

Course Organisers creating their own lists should submit them for review by 18 July if there are changes that that the Library needs to act on.

This might be if there’s been an increase in student numbers; if you have new scan requests; or if you’ve added new resources to your list and you’d like the Library to purchase new or additional copies.

Submitting a review by 18 July gives the Library as much time as possible to process any book orders and E-reserve requests.

Of course, you can continue to submit lists for review after this deadline, and we will do our best to fulfil requests, but they will not be prioritised.

How to request a review

Guidance about when you should ask for a review, and how to request one, is available on our webpages:

Request a Library review of your list

Please contact us at if you have any questions about the rollover or reviews process.


Deadlines announced for Resource Lists service

The deadlines for new Resource Lists for Semester 1 2016/17 will be:

4 July – Lists submitted to the Library for creation

18 July – Lists created by Course Organiser and submitted for review

These deadlines give us as much time as possible to process any book orders and Ereserve requests.

Please note that lists submitted after the deadlines will be accepted, but not prioritised.

Submit your list to the Library

If you’d like the Library to create your list, you’ll need to provide us with:

  • an annotated reading list (with items flagged as ‘Essential’; ‘Recommended’; or ‘Further reading’);
  • a completed Resource List coversheet.

Find our more information about Library-created lists, and how to request one, on the Resource Lists webpages:

Resource List created by Library

Resource List DIY

If you’d prefer to create your list yourself, take a look at our ‘Get started’ guide:

Resource List created by Academic

Our new, shortened user guides will also provide all the information you need to get up and running:

User guides


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

Resource Lists survey

There are only two weeks left for course organisers to complete our short, annual survey.

If you currently use Resource Lists, or even if you’ve signed up but never published a list, please take five minutes to participate and answer a range of questions about our service:

Complete the Resource Lists survey

We’ll be using the results from this year’s survey to inform our future planning and to improve our service: your feedback is very important to us.

If you have any questions about Resource Lists, please email

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