Library processes

By creating a Talis reading list, you provide the Library with the information required to make course readings available to students.

Publish your list early to ensure material is available for the start of the teaching period.

Preparing and publishing your reading lists

At the start of each semester, the Library creates draft reading lists based on materials used by your course in previous semesters and ensures that previously digitised material is also available on these draft lists.

We recommend that you publish your Talis reading list early. Doing this gives Library staff time to buy resources in time for your students to use, especially if you are using a new resource that is not currently in the Library collection.

Edit and update your Talis reading list

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Importance options

Importance options inform what the Library acquires and how the resources are made available, and direct student reading priorities.

  • Textbook: This is the prescribed textbook for the course and students enrolled in this course should buy this text, as it will be referred to constantly during the course. For readings indicated as Textbook, the Library ensures concurrent access to online resources, or provides approximately one print copy per 50 students in the relevant library short loan collections, up to a maximum of ten copies.
  • Essential resources: Students should read, view, or listen to the resource in preparation for a lecture, tutorial or specific piece of course work. For readings indicated as Essential resources, the Library ensures concurrent access to online resources, or provides one print copy on 3 day loan in the relevant library.
  • Further resources: Students may choose to read, view, or listen to the resource to expand their understanding of course content. Readings indicated as Further resources or with no importance applied will be acquired for library collections but not placed in short loan collections.

Setting importance for other readings is optional. Specific chapters and articles can also be requested for digitisation.

See the Talis reading lists guide for instructions on applying importance to resources.

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Managing high demand books

The Library runs daily reports on published reading lists to identify any titles that require acquisition or additional access to meet student demand. 

The Library does not purchase anything on a draft reading list as it is possible that teaching staff may change their mind before final publishing of the list.

  • E-book is the preferred format for providing readings.
  • Unless you specify otherwise (using the Note to Library field), the Library will provide access to the edition or version that appears in your list.
  • Print books are removed from short loan collections when they do not appear on a Talis reading list.

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Requesting digitisation of print materials

  • To provide students with a digital copy of a reading currently only available in print, use the Request Digitisation option next to the reading while editing your list. 
  • After submitting the request form your request is automatically checked for copyright compliance, the Library ensures that the reading is digitised, and your list is updated with a link to the reading.
  • For more on requesting digitisation, see the Talis reading lists guide.
  • More information on Talis and copyright compliance.

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