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A Reading List allows quick and easy student access to course content via a central location. La Trobe University uses Talis Aspire Reading Lists software to manage reading lists for students.

Benefits for your students

  • Easy and effective way to find and access all course resources in one list
  • Direct list access from LMS via the “Library & study resources” block or through an LMS integrated list
  • Students can add study notes and manage their reading priorities by setting a reading status
  • Citations can be exported to EndNote or PDF in a student’s preferred referencing style

How students access the reading list

  • In the LMS from the Library & Study Resources block
  • Viewing a reading list that has been embedded in the LMS
  • Reading Lists link on the Library web page

Students can access digitised or scanned chapters in Reading Lists up to two weeks prior to the commencement of the major teaching periods (semester 1, 2, winter and summer) until the final day of examinations.

Access for other teaching periods will begin up to one week prior to course commencement and close two weeks following the end of the teaching period.

Benefits for teaching staff

  • Control over the creation of your subjects’ lists, by bookmarking items from the library resources directly into your list using the 'drag and drop’ interface
  • Self-publishing of your list, making it available immediately
  • Teaching staff can view analytics on student use of resources
  • Direct communication with the library for ordering, digitising and placing resources in restricted loan collections
  • Copyright and licensing agreement requirements are managed by the library

How the library can help

  • Curate resources for a reading list and for subject topics
  • Support teaching staff and Subject Coordinators by creating and formatting your list
  • Embed a reading list in LMS
  • Manage copyright and licensing agreement requirements
  • Digitise chapters and articles, in accordance with copyright regulations
  • Place relevant resources in high demand and monitor usage to ensure equitable access for students
  • Purchase new and additional resources
  • Provide troubleshooting support

What we need from you...

At least three weeks’ notice is needed to create, process and finalise your reading list. This is to allow time to purchase books, digitise requests, get articles from external libraries and recall any items already on loan.

first steps...

How do I start creating a Reading List?

How do I integrate my reading list (week by week) in LMS?

What are required and recommended texts?

  • Control over the creation of your subjects’ lists, by bookmarking items from the library resources directly into your list using the 'drag and drop’ interface
  • Self-publishing of your list, making it available immediately
  • Teaching staff can view analytics on student use of resources
  • Direct communication with the library for ordering, digitising and placing resources in restricted loan collections
  • Copyright and licensing agreement requirements are managed by the library

What can I place in a reading list?

  • Curate resources for a reading list and for subject topics
  • Support teaching staff and Subject Coordinators by creating and formatting your list
  • Embed a reading list in LMS
  • Manage copyright and licensing agreement requirements
  • Digitise chapters and articles, in accordance with copyright regulations
  • Place relevant resources in high demand and monitor usage to ensure equitable access for students
  • Purchase new and additional resources
  • Provide troubleshooting support

About the High Demand collections

These items have a ‘required’ status on the reading list. High Demand items that have not been borrowed for 12 months or more will be moved back to the general collection. High Demand collection loan periods are:

  • 3 hour loan
  • 3 day loan

When determining loan periods of High Demand items the library will consider:

  • Advice from teaching staff
  • Where readings have the importance set as “required” in the Reading List
  • Total subject enrollment numbers across all campuses
  • Online availability
  • Demand and usage for the item (both print and e-copies)