The RLS enables us to provide students with their reading lists online in one system using a single interface. The RLS will reproduce reading lists as week by week readings, with or without lecturer annotations & information, or as a single course bibliography. As well as having one place to find (search & browse) reading lists, these will be linked to direct from moodle courses. The RLS will also ensure correct links to online journals & ebooks, websites and CLA digitised readings, improving access and simplifying the ‘logging in’ process for students.
The RLS will also show whether or not print books are available and if they are on loan or not. Students can then link through to LibrarySearch and reserve texts.
When entering book data on the RLS during the process of creating a reading lists, the system will flag up if a text is on any other course and whether or not it is a key or secondary reading. This will enable us (the Library) to purchase more texts where we can see that there is increased demand across courses & Departments. This is the first time that we will have this management data and should help improve student satisfaction with access to material in the library.
Also, should any lecturer want to engage directly with the system, then they can add reading lists and reading lists items themselves as and when needed (or add items to reading lists that the Library has created).