Reading List Service - Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance for First Half Session 2021/22

Thank you for working with the Library over the last year as the Reading List Project team worked to introduce lists for all submitted courses. In 2020-21 we processed more than 800 reading lists and added over 500 e-books to our digital collections.

Once the 2020/21 reading lists have been rolled over with the associated course areas in the VLE, the lists are ready for you to review, update and extend for the first half session of 2021/22. You can now add other titles to your lists, if already available in the Library, using this quick guide on how to manage rolled over reading lists and create new lists. 

To balance resourcing requirements for the Reading List Service against the available budget, a maximum of two new key items per course will be checked and where costs and licences permit, they will be purchased. If you require the purchase of more than two key items on your list, please ask your Academic Library Representative whether these additional items can be purchased from the relevant School/Departmental Library budget allocation.

To request the purchase of a key item, please follow the guidance in the quick guide

Further detailed guidance on the service can be found in the Reading List Service Extended Guide.

New items within your Leganto reading list will be checked and purchased as quickly as possible, and the Library team will aim to get as many items available for the start of term as they can. Requests will be processed in the order in which they are received, so the closer to the start of term your request is submitted, the higher the risk that it will be processed only after teaching has begun. 

As in 2020/21, we expect that costs and licences mean that some titles will not be affordable and licence restrictions may limit online availability. Therefore, the Library is continuing to share reading list requests with Blackwell’s to support you and your students. To avoid any delay at all, if you have plan to recommend that your students purchase any books, or you normally work with Blackwell's on book bundles for your courses, please email the details direct to Greig Watt, Blackwell’s Store Manager, at Greig.watt@blackwell.co.uk so that he can ensure the campus book shop has them in stock.

In summary, you can expect the Library to: 

  • Purchase ebooks where it is affordable to do so.
  • Notify you by email if an ebook is not available.
  • Purchase one copy of the print version, if possible, where an ebook is not available.
  • Notify you by email if a print copy is also not available.

The FAQs on this page provide further information. If you have any issues using the form or any questions please contact the team at readinglists@abdn.ac.uk.

Thank you
Simon Bains, University Librarian        Ruth Taylor, Vice Principal for Education
 

How do I know if the items I requested are available?

Books

  • If we can purchase an ebook you have requested, it will be accessible via your reading list as soon as it is activated by the provider. 
  • If we are unable to purchase an ebook you have requested, we will notify you by email. If we do not hold a print copy of the title in the Library we will purchase one copy. If we are unable to purchase a print copy, we will notify you by email.

Extracts, e.g. book chapter, journal article

  • If we are able to digitise an extract, it will be accessible via your reading list as soon as we add the link.
  • If we are unable to digitise an extract, we will notify you by email. 

This short video explains how you can find and access reading lists for courses in MyAberdeen.

How is Leganto related to the Reading List Service?

Leganto is the University’s new system for managing reading lists. It makes preparing and sharing course reading lists easy, and it makes the best use of our library resources. Using Leganto you can update and create reading lists that are relevant, interactive and accessible for your students to access via the VLE.

Why should I identify two key items for my First Half Session course in 21/22?

So that we can help to build the library collection (both digital and print) to ensure it meets your student’s needs.

Leganto enables you to add links to materials from practically any resource, e.g. print and ebooks, online journals, websites and YouTube videos. Linking directly to items in Primo means that the students can access the material quickly and if the journal changes publisher, any link updated in Primo will be immediately updated in your list. It also saves the time you would spend uploading Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) coversheets for material in copyright. 

If you identify your two key items now, we will check if the items are available digitally and purchase licences for them (subject to affordability). If we are unable to acquire a digital copy, we aim to purchase a printed copy (subject to affordability). Guidance on how to identify your two key items is available in this quick guide.

How does it integrate with our VLEs?

Watch this video to see how it has been integrated within MyAberdeen.

It is also integrated with MyMBChB, MyBDS and MyPA, the VLEs that specifically support the Medicine (MBChB), Dentistry (BDS) and Physician Associate Studies (MSc) programmes.

Will my students need to learn anything to use it?

It’s fairly intuitive, but there will be many resources available to help students navigate the tool.  It will make it easy to find and access what they need to read, watch and listen to, all in one place as it links directly to Primo, our library catalogue. As an instructor, you can add notes to the lists to fine tune student engagement.

Will there be more licences available to support e-book access for multiple students?

Unfortunately, we cannot promise this. The Reading List Service book fund has been set aside from within our existing book budget. If additional licences for existing holdings can be purchased cost effectively, we will certainly consider doing so. By including approximate student numbers for the course when creating/reviewing your reading list, we are better able to make such decisions. Guidance on how to add student numbers to your list is available in this quick guide.

Will an online reading list ensure all recommended reading is online?

No, this may not be the case. Where possible we will link to an electronic resource, or if you recommend a particular chapter within a printed book which we already own we may be able to scan it and offer that as a link, if it is covered by the CLA Licence. If studying on campus, students will be able to see the physical stock we have in the library and reserve/borrow items on our shelves. 

Can students still be asked to purchase books, e.g. from Blackwell’s?

Students can choose to buy their textbooks if they wish to.

We are sharing received requests with Blackwell’s to help them support you and your students. If you have other books that you will be recommending your students purchase, or you normally work with Blackwell's on book bundles for your courses, please email the details to Greig Watt, Blackwell’s Store Manager, at Greig.watt@blackwell.co.uk so that he can ensure the campus store has them in stock.

I have existing scans but they are poor quality, can I still share these with my students in September?

Please share them with us so that we can review them. We need to ensure materials are machine-readable to support accessibility requirements. We also need to ensure the University is complying with copyright legislation and licensing restrictions.

How much of a book can be digitised?

For books covered by the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education Licence, a maximum of 10% or one chapter of a book may be scanned for teaching purposes.

Books not covered by the CLA Higher Education Licence can only be scanned with the permission of the rightsholder.

There is no restriction on copying from books which are out of copyright. 

For journal titles covered by the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education Licence, a maximum of one article per journal issue/part may be scanned for teaching purposes.      
 

Why are you asking me to estimate the number of students on my course?

Entering the student numbers for the course when creating/reviewing your reading list will help us assess whether additional licences are required for ebooks we already hold. It also enables you to view the usage of the items in your list. Guidance on how to add student numbers to your list is available in this quick guide.  

Will there be a limit to how many students can access a particular item?

Yes, this may be the case for some items. Some of our ebook licences are for a limited number of simultaneous users, e.g. one user or three users at a time. Others are licensed for an unlimited number of simultaneous users. Where possible, details of limited licences are presented within the reading list and in the Primo record.

My courses rely on students being able to access printed items within the Library collections. How can they do this?

All our libraries are open to registered students and staff with occupancy levels in compliance with sector guidelines.

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We also offer a Click and Collect Service, and our Special Collections Centre is providing a Scan and Send Service. 

Is there any Leganto Training for academic staff?

Guidance on how to manage existing reading lists and create new lists is available in this quick guide. A more extensive guide will be available soon, and additional training is being developed.          

How are books being prioritised for purchase?

While we set up the service, essential item e-book purchases are being authorised for if they are available up to a £350 threshold. If a digital copy is not available and the item is not already held in the Library we will buy one print copy to a threshold of £100. Print copies costing more than the threshold may be considered if allowed by the budget.

What’s the difference between an e-book and an e-textbook?

Publishers determine the categorisation of their books and often classify popular books that contain study materials and exercises specifically designed for students as textbooks. Library licences for etextbooks or etexts are tied to the number of students on a course and must be renewed annually. Unfortunately, the licensing model applied by publishers means that etexts are considerably more expensive than ebooks for the Library to purchase. Currently we are unable to purchase etexts as part of the Reading List Service.