We are delighted to report that 45% of current taught courses at UCL now have an online reading list. This means the library has achieved its target figure for 2014-15, as set out in the UCL Library Services Strategy, 2015-18.
Even better is the response from students, who enjoy having all their resources easily accessible and in one place. Lists can contain full text readings, film clips, Lynda.com training videos, links to professional bodies… or simply further reading in a traditional bibliography format. Comments such as ‘Can I have a list for my other modules?’ are not uncommon.
Some departments have been quick to seize this easy way of improving student satisfaction: Political Science, the Development Planning Unit and the Institute of Neurology were among the first departments to create online lists for all their current taught courses and reach 100%. The MAPS faculty engaged as a whole, resulting in terrific coverage across its departments in a short space of time.
A new feature this year has been to not just link a reading list to its relevant Moodle course, but to embed readings into the body of Moodle. We have also added more citation styles, as requested by departments. Can you think of other developments you would like to see for your reading lists? We welcome feedback.
Our library target for 2015-16 is for 55% of modules to have an online reading list. New UCL students are already asking for reading lists for their upcoming courses, so don’t hesitate to get in touch, request a list, or drop into a summer session to find out more!