In January 2015 Library Services piloted the use of a reading list management system, Rebus:List with 27 academics across the University with a soft launch that Summer. Following this there was a 95% uptake by the teaching teams at IM Marsh Campus in the use of the new software, who chose to move away from the traditional module handbook reading lists and create new online reading lists via a link in Blackboard.
In August 2018, Library Services launched a new upgraded Reading List Management System: KeyLinks, accessible via a “Reading List” link within each Canvas course under the “module” area.
Academics can quickly create a dynamic and interactive list of resources such as books, eBooks, book chapters, journal articles, webpages and other materials directly relate to the teaching and assessment of each module. The software connects the students, the library and Librarians with the essential readings that supports that module.
Speaking about the use of the system, Senior Lecturer in Tourism and Events management at LJMU, Dr Nicholas Wise said: “The reading list system easily connects students to the module content, plus e-books are readily available and supports students as they work on their assessments. It also allows me to bring the books up in class to direct students to the key readings.”
The new system has a sleek and clean look with improved linking to LJMU library resources, allowing effective list management, updating it at any time and located in one place. Tags and notes can be added, which can be filtered by topics/weeks or learning objectives.
Senior Lecturer in Education at LJMU, Dr Judith Enriquez-Gibson, talked about the ease of use of the new system: “T for tags, G for group, F for filters, I can group readings based on their relevance, importance or published format, further classify or categorise the readings based on authors, topics, methods and any other codes or Tags to further help me Group various sources.”
If you would like to find out more, see a demonstration or ask any questions about the system Library Services will be hosting roadshows on the following dates:
Monday 25th February 10-2pm Byrom Street Careers Zone (Ground Floor)
Tuesday 26th February 10-2pm Redmond Building (Ground Floor)
Alternatively, you can contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for one-to-one guidance, book a workshop for your team or ask a question. Further information is also available on the Library Services Reading List web page.