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Reading Lists Online - guide for academic staff: Adding to Blackboard

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

Steps to making your list available

This page shows you how to publish your list and make sure it is attached to your Blackboard Module . Having created your list and before it can be attached in Blackboard you need to, a) publish the list,  b)  make sure it is attached to the module and 3) send it for review.  All this activities are outlined below.

Publishing a list

For your list to be visible to students it must be published. When list is ready to publish

  1. Choose Edit / Publish
  2. Request Review - this MUST be clicked in order for the Library to 
    • check that we have the resources on the list and order them if not
    • process any digitisation requests.

Changes to how RLO Reading Lists are linked to Blackboard module sites

  1. A channel linking to your Module Reading List has been automatically added to the home pages of all 2019/20 Blackboard module sites. You can also add this channel to the home page of any other Blackboard module site if desired.
  2. You can still add links elsewhere in your module site by choosing RLO Readings Lists from the Add Content menu item in any content area.
  3. You can now choose to link to specific sections of your list too, e.g. the readings for a particular week. This can be done by adding the RLO link, then clicking on it after it appears in your Blackboard site. You will be prompted to choose what section should display to students (or the whole list).

New for 2019 - RLO Channel in Blackboard


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.

Attaching a list to a module

Request review

  1. When you are happy with a new list you have created request a review

request review

Whenever you request a review it will trigger a checking process by Library staff.  Checks will be made for

  1. items not in stock - we will order them wherever possible
  2. adequate numbers of the item available
  3. later editions of items
  4. items that require digitising

Please do not

  1. add items to a list that is already in review
  2. request another review for a list already in review

Linking to a section of your list from Bb

By adding links to specific parts of your reading list you can give the students access to the right resources for that part of the module.

  1. At the point at which you want to add a link to a specific section of the list, go to the Build Content section and follow the link to RLO Reading List option.
  2. You are then required to give the link a Name such as "Week One Reading" and a brief description of what you are linking to and how it is relevant to the student at this point.
  3. Once you have submitted the information you get the standard link to RLO
  4. When you launch this link, the RLO opens in a new window and you get the opportunity to link to specific sections