What are Talis reading lists?

A reading list management system from Talis has been introduced by the University to streamline the creation and management of course reading lists and make copyright compliance easier.

Teaching staff:

  • Bookmark potential readings in Library collections or elsewhere on the web.
  • Organise readings into lists to make available to students via Canvas.
  • Update lists at any time and track student use and engagement.
  • Copy lists for use in future teaching periods.


  • Have one easy-to-find reading list with direct access to electronic resources plus up-to-date availability information for resources in Library collections.
  • Can mark their reading intentions and add personal notes.

Talis reading lists and copyright

As part of a new copyright licence agreement, the University agreed to implement practices that ensure copyright compliance. Using Talis reading lists removes the current copyright risk of loading copies of reading files inside the learning management system and provides the data required for the University’s report to Copyright Licensing Limited (CLL), removing the need for manual copyright surveys.

The Talis reading lists approach removes that potential for copyright breach by:

  • Providing direct links to the full text of readings available online (e.g., Library e-journals and databases; openly available sites such as YouTube).
  • Providing live Library availability information for items only available in hard copy (e.g., books, DVDs).
  • Providing an option to request digitisation of high demand readings currently only available in print. The Request Digitisation option automatically checks the request against the CLL licence rules. The Library makes the resulting digitised reading available via your list.

Unpublished resources such as lecturer course notes, PowerPoint slides, model answers and tests are not usually included in Talis lists. These can be loaded in Canvas as long as you are the copyright owner or have permission. See Copyright for staff and students.