By Hazel M Ingrey, on 10 August 2017
I am very pleased to report that ReadingLists@UCL has reached its target for July 2017: 65% of taught courses at UCL now have an online reading list.
The target was set in the UCL Library Services Strategy to have 65% coverage by the end of July 2017. 65% equates to more than 3,000 reading lists, and forty-one departments have met, or exceeded 65% coverage. To show how far we have come, the first measurement of the new system in October 2014 showed a baseline of around 29% coverage.
Librarians, administrators and academics have worked hard to embrace the online reading lists, with the aim of providing excellent quality guidance and resources to students. With a wealth of e-resources available to us at UCL, many essential texts link to full-text readings, or are digitised using our CLA licence.
Here are some figures. Between 1st September 2016 and 31st July:
- there were more than 460,000 visitors
- the top visited reading list was ‘ANTH1001 Introduction to material and visual culture’ with 5425 page views
- total visits each month have been consistently higher than in the same period last year
- the busiest month was October 2016 with more than 70,000 visits
- … and around two-thirds of these were returning visitors, demonstrating that students return to lists rather than look just once.