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Reading Lists Online - guide for academic staff: Introduction

This is a guide designed to help academics create and publish lists in Reading Lists Online

New Student View

The New Student View for Reading Lists Online is now in place.  The new layout gives the students a clearer picture of resources available, both within the Library and Online.  It also more closely mirrors Library Search design, making the student experience more consistent.

Benefits of Reading Lists Online

‚ÄčReading Lists online have a number of benefits some of which are considered below;

  • lists can be created quickly and are easy to update 
  • they give students easy access to recommended resources through a single point within Blackboard
  • the lists design allows you to include a range of resource types, which can be organised into sections with added annotations
  • finally they enable the library to know what resources you're recommending to students so that adequate numbers can be ordered and made available

About Reading Lists Online

Reading Lists Online is a web based tool for accessing your reading lists and their contents. RLO is the Sheffield Hallam name for a product called Talis Aspire.


Talis Aspire officially supports current and last versions of Internet Explorer (IE), Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

Recent Research - What is a Reading List For? Oxford Brookes University

The following guide was produced by Library staff from Oxford Brookes University, following a research project.  The project looked at how module leads could align reading with their learning outcomes.

Oxford Brookes University, . (2018). What is a reading list for?. Oxford: Oxford Brookes University.

Using RLO to improve student access to learning resources

Recommend something for the Library

We love books... and are always looking for new publications to support your learning and teaching, and to keep the library collections up to date with high-quality materials.  If you think we're missing something crucial though, we'd like to hear about it.  You can let us know here.


If you need further help with your Reading List please contact your Learning and Teaching Librarian, who will be able to arrange a 1 - 2 - 1 appointment.