Traffic Cones!!! by Natesh Ramasamy
Today an academic alerted us to a problem with a small number of the course readings we make available through our Course Readings service. These readings are digitised by the library under the CLA licence, and made available as a link on the online reading lists.
In January we migrated all course readings to be hosted by the CLA Content Store, enabling us to benefit from the large number of digitised readings already available from other Universities – which reduces the amount of scanning needed from departments.
However a small number of readings remained on the UCL server where we originally stored them. These weren’t updated for various reasons, such as: links to digitised readings were copied from one list to another without notifying the TLS to re-check them; students were being directed to archived lists; the lists and readings were used in years previous to 2015-16 but had not been updated.
What are we doing to solve the issue? We ran a report of all readings across all 2017-18 reading lists and identified those with the older style link. The TLS team ‘copyright checkers’ are checking the readings still fall under the CLA licence and completing our compliance adminstration. The TLS ‘digitising and lists’ team are updating each link in the online reading list. We are prioritising first those lists we have been told are in use, and then those modules which are running in 2017-18 according to Portico. For those lists not running this year, we will be in touch with the department to ask if the readings will be needed at a future date.
Please note: if you have copied any links to add to Moodle or other places, we won’t be able to update these as we only have access to the online reading lists. Let us know if you find any broken links and we will create a working URL for your online reading list.
If you have used the ‘Request review’ option on your reading list in the past year, we will have auotmatically double-checked the links on your reading list.
If you have any questions, please email, or call the TLS team on 020 3549 5729 (internal x65729).