My Reading List is a great tool for easily connecting your students with resources for your module, such as books, journal articles, videos and websites. It integrates with Canvas and Hunter, the Library's search engine.
Creating and managing reading and resource lists for your students has just become a whole lot more dynamic, for both staff and students.
To use My Reading List you must be registered to use the Library. If you are not currently registered, please click here to fill in the registration form.
Michael Dean, Senior Lecturer, Diagnostic Radiography (FHSCE), who was part of the initial working group to set up My Reading List, says
“I have been very fortunate to see first-hand the positive benefits that My Reading List will have for our students moving forward. By offering a centralised and well-structured location for module texts and articles, my students have already been able to engage more readily with key readings and library services (such as Hunter) more than ever before. The system is easy to use and is visually excellent, and being able to embed My Reading List into my Canvas modules is a huge benefit from a staff perspective. I am looking forward to continually using My Reading List in the future and to continue to develop the clear opportunities for student engagement that it offers.”
This guide is for anyone who needs to know more about the My Reading List system provided by St. George's Library. It is particularly aimed at module leaders and other staff who contribute to the creation of module reading lists/resource lists in St. George's (SGUL) Canvas.
The following tasks are an essential part of setting up a reading list:
1. The My Reading list system initially inputs the title of your module as the title of your reading list. This often adds the module year as well, which we recommend you remove from the reading list title. In fact, you can change the reading list title to something of your own choice, by typing over the initial title.
2. Create sections in your reading list so you can manage the resources in a meaningful way for students, for example use sections to enable your reading list to reflect the structure of your module, such as module weeks, or simply have Core and supplementary sections.
3. Add tags to each item to mark them as core, recommended or supplementary. Adding tags to each item will help the Library determine how many copies of each item to stock, in the event that the item is not available electronically. It will also inform students as to the relative importance of each item.
4. Avoid direct links to PDFs where possible. We recommend adding web links rather than direct links to PDFs. This is because a direct ink to a PDF document may become out of date as there may be a new updated PDF which could be found on a different link. Adding the web link to the site which provides access to the PDF, means the link should show the latest version of the document.
5. Add your Liaison Librarian as a collaborator to your list. Use the manage collaborators menu to add them. Use this menu to add any module colleagues who will be adding items to the module reading list too.
6. When ready, send your list to the Library (click on the Library Review button to do this) so we can double check we have all the items, and see any digitization requests you have made.
7. Publish your list so your students can see it - click on the Publish button and select the Course students option, which enables students on the relevant module to view the reading list.