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Resource Lists (Staff)

List edit

Now that you have bookmarked some resources you are ready to start editing and structuring your list. This video covers:

  • Adding resources to a list
  • Setting an item importance level
  • Creating sections
  • Moving resources
  • Adding notes for students and the library
  • An example of good practice
  • Publishing a list
  • Sending a list for review

There are further details about item importances and good practice below. List publishing and review are discussed in greater detail later in this guide. Please contact your subject librarian if you have any difficulties or open a ticket on Servicedesk.

Editing your resource list

Within the media player the 'CC' button can be used to toggle closed captions on/off.

Item importances

When adding a new item to your list you will be asked to assign an item importance. It is important to use the correct label as it informs library purchasing decisions and provides guidance to the student on the priority of the resource.


item importance menu


There should be no more than 3 books added as Core to a list. Library budgets and purchasing ratios mean that listing more than 3 core texts would be prohibitively expensive for the partner libraries and also for students. Wherever possible, Core texts will be purchased as an electronic book. If your chosen book is not available electronically, you can work with your subject network librarian during the validation process to find a suitable alternative that is available electronically. If you only require a particular chapter or page number(s), consider requesting a scanned copy of the material in the Digital Content Store. Wherever possible, every core text item should be made available electronically as it enhances the student experience, the ability to work off-campus and makes them more accessible. You may need to consider changing your core text choices if your original selection are not available electronically. 


You can add up to 20 items of recommended reading to a list. Again, these books will be purchased as electronic books if available. The partner libraries will purchase print copies where budgets allow, but there are no guarantees that every text will be made available. If you only require a particular chapter or page range, consider requesting a scanned copy of the material in the Digital Content Store.


There is no limit to the number of materials to which you can assign this label, the only restriction is that they must be electronic resources that the university subscribes to or resources that are freely available on the internet. Do not add as additional reading print books that the library doesn't own or any material that would place a purchasing burden on the library service. If you add existing electronic resources you can publish your changes immediately. The other benefit of focusing on web and electronic resources is that users can access them while studying off-campus. A full list of the sites you can bookmark from are available on the Talis website.

Suggested student purchase

If a book is used continuously throughout a module or course, you might ask students to purchase a copy. This is also useful if a book is not available electronically and can also help ease pressure on library stock.


Good practice

Here are some example of lists' that provide weekly reading and guidance for the users. The majority of the weekly reading focuses on electronic resources and web content which can be accessed off-campus. Longer lists can be displayed in manageable sctions in the VLE using the Brightspace integration.