By Hazel M Ingrey, on 7 October 2016
I was reading recently about link rot, that modern nuisance when links to a resource or webpage no longer work.
It is food for thought when refreshing your online reading list for this term. Keep link rot in mind when creating links to new readings: if you have linked to webpages of an organisation that subsequently changes name, or readings on a shady website, students may find the pages no longer available the following year.
Occasionally it even happens in paid journal subscriptions: this year an Archaeology journal was taken over by a different publisher and every stable article link changed.
What can you do if you don’t have time to check through all your lists for broken links? Navigate to the reading list and sign in; click ‘Review’ then ‘Request Review’.
This sends a notification to the TLS. We check for broken links and create more stable links where possible; we also check all books link to the library catalogue, where relevant. If you have added a ‘Note to the library’ requesting books be purchased, or newer / more editions for the library, we pass this on to the relevant subject librarian.