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Module Reading Lists

A guide to Module Reading Lists for students and lecturers.

General

Keylinks has been replaced by a new Module Reading List system, which went live on 30th November 2018

Our contract with Keylinks was due to expire and a procurement process indicated that moving to a new system would be beneficial in the long term. Some of the benefits are listed on the first page of this Libguide.

Talis is the company who provide the new system, they have over 80 customers in the UK. While the service will continue to be known as Module Reading Lists, you may occasionally hear staff or students refer to it as Talis or Aspire, it basically means the same thing.

List content changes occasionally during a semester when new eBooks become available or print books arrive at the libraries. There are no widespread differences in reading content since the start of the academic year, as all of the list content in Keylinks was migrated to the new system. However, the new system is more flexible, so it's possible there will be more weekly reading or sub-categories on reading lists in the coming months

Although Talis provide the system, the service is actually administered by the LIS/Library department and subject network librarians throughout the academic partners. Librarians liaise with lecturers on list content and course validations to ensure they are relevant and up to date.

Accessing lists

You can find your list by searching for the module title or code at the Module Reading Lists homepage. You can also browse the hierarchy by subject area. There are further details in the Students tab of this guide.

Our aim is to provide a reading list for every HE module, there is currently around 80% coverage. If your list is not in the system please contact your module tutor. If they provide a validated list to the library it will be added to the system as soon as possible. Librarians track empty lists and add content as soon as a definitive list can be identified.

Please contact your subject librarian in the first instance. Once lecturers have received training they will be able to add content themselves.Please contact your subject librarian in the first instance. Once lecturers have received training they will be able to add content themselves. Contact details can be found in the Subject Librarian Libguide

User Profiles

A user profile gives you access to personal features, such as note taking, reading intentions and saved lists

There is guidance on creating a profile in the Student tab of this guide.

Students should not make their profile public, there are no benefits in doing so.

Staff are advised to make their profile public as it makes it easier to find lists associated with them.

Yes, only you can view your study notes and reading intentions, they are not visible to lecturers or librarians.

Staff training

Not just yet, although training will be offered in early 2019. This will let you request changes and also assign additional or weekly reading during the module. Bookmarking in the new system makes this much easier.

Please contact your subject network librarian for further details and to register an interest in training. There will also be support materials for self directed training. Please contact your subject librarian in the first instance. Once lecturers have received training they will be able to add content themselves. Contact details can be found in the Subject Librarian Libguide

Furher help

It depends on the issue:

Library book availability: your local partner college library who can help you find books and request them from other sites.

Empty lists or old links to Keylinks in the VLE: speak to your lecturer who will liaise with the subject librarian

Broken links to eResources and system error messages: Please report broken links on the Unidesk Self-service Portal or use the Feedback button at the top of the Module Reading Lists screen. When doing so, please provide the name of the list and module code. For broken links, include the name of the item that you are having difficulty accessing. The more details you provide the quicker we can find a solution.