12 Jan 17: Reading Lists – Delivering what students need to read

Course:                       Reading Lists – delivering what students need to read

Course Code:              2017/01

Date:                           Thursday 12 January 2017          10.30 – 16.30

 Description:  This seminar will examine the range of challenges facing libraries in attempting to meet students’ expectations of access to prescribed readings and reading lists.  Discussions will range from the role of a reading list in students’ learning through to the difficulties faced by libraries in trying to deliver reading list material. Participants will hear about approaches adopted by other libraries and will have an opportunity to meet the providers of the main commercial reading list management systems.  Participants will also engage in discussion sessions, where they’ll have a chance to discuss the issues arising and share their experiences with other participants.


By the end of the day participants will know more about and will have considered:

  • The pedagogical issues arising in relation to reading lists and prescribed readings – do they still have a role in our digital world? What is the academic perspective? What are the information literacy implications of reading lists?
  • The issues and challenges arising when trying to deliver reading list material to students, e.g. finding out what they’ve been asked to read, delivering sufficient quantity/access to high demand material, stretching the library budget.
  • The various software solutions available to help manage reading list workflows.
  • What is involved in implementing and rolling out a Reading List management system
  • Approaches and ideas for encouraging academic staff to engage with the library on reading lists.
  • The impact on library workflows, e.g. acquisitions processes/budgets, of having a reading list system or service

Audience:  This seminar is aimed at library staff who have any responsibility for delivering the material and content that students are expected to read.  This may include: subject librarians with content selection responsibility, collection management or circulation librarians responsible for managing short loan or high demand collections, acquisitions librarians looking for better workflows for purchasing high demand reading list material, or senior managers looking for ways to increase student satisfaction with the library’s delivery of the content they need.

If you are struggling to meet student needs for reading list material, whether you have a reading list service/system or not, this seminar will allow you to share the challenges of satisfying student expectations of access to prescribed readings and to consider the many aspects involved.

Host Library:  James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway, University Road, Galway

Course Location:  Seminar Room G010, Foyer, Hardiman Research Building/James Hardiman Library.

 Fee:   €60




Reading Lists: Session handout. Kerry Webb

Delivering what students need to read. Monica Crump

Developing Information and Digital literacies with online Reading lists. Kerry Webb

Reading Lists – the academic perspective. Sharon Flynn

The rocky road to rebus:list. Victoria Watt

Creating a new space: reading list advocacy at NUI Galway. Niamh Walsh and Hugo Kelly

All aboard: engaging staff and students with Leganto reading lists. Lyn Porteous

Improving module support for academics and students in UCD. Joe Nankivell and Catherine Ryan