By Hazel M Ingrey, on 1 September 2017
Everyone thinks summer is a quiet time in the library, however the TLS is at its most busy! Along with most academic departments, we are preparing reading materials ready for term start and setting up new reading lists.
We have also had many excellent questions about reading lists. Some are so useful or universal we thought it would be helpful to share them, along with the answers.
Q: I am a Departmental Administrator updating our course information. The titles of some of modules have changed and I wondered who to send the updated information to, so they can be amended on the online Reading Lists?
A: Email any module code / title changes to: firstname.lastname@example.org This account is checked by more than one person each day: we will update your lists as soon as possible and let you know when they are complete. If a module code has changed, do also check that the link from Moodle to the reading list still works.
Q: I had some changes on my 2016/17 reading list that I didn’t publish. When the lists rolled forward into 2017/18 those changes were lost. I can’t recall what the changes were and don’t have the references anymore, is there any chance that there is an archived version of the list to look at?
A: I am pleased you asked because it is very easy for us to retrieve archived lists! We have made the 2016-17 version available again: once you have looked over both versions let us know which one you prefer to keep live and we will archive the other version.
Q: Last year I used the Moodle tool ‘Reading List items’ to embed readings from my reading list more directly into Moodle. After the Moodle and reading lists roll overs, not all these links are working well. Do I have to re-embed them all?
A: Some teaching staff find this Moodle tool very helpful, to pinpoint sections or readings for specific weeks. The Moodle and ReadingLists@UCL teams have liaised to create some instructions: ‘Displaying your Reading List in Moodle’. They explain the most basic and stable way of linking from Moodle to reading list, using the ‘Library Resources’ block; they also show the more sophisticated integration, using the ‘Reading Lists Items’ tool. Finally, there is specific note of Caution ‘What you need to do before each academic year’ which explains how to update any broken links.
We hope this helps. If you need help with any of the above or have your own questions, you are welcome to call us any time (020 3549 5729 or internal x65729), email, or drop in to our office in Senate House! The ReadingLists@UCL webpages also have further support and information.