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Reading Lists Online - guide for academic staff

Accessing RLO and your lists

  • There is a link to RLO on Library Online  You can also access RLO directly from
  • If your module already has a RLO then there will be a link to it on the Module Home Page in Blackboard.
  • Sign in to RLO using your SHU username and password.  The first time you log into RLO, you will be asked to create a profile which you should make public.
  • Use My Lists to see all the lists that are linked to modules on which you are enrolled as Instructor or Teaching Assistant.
  • To edit an existing list, click on the three blue dots and choose Edit.  

How to copy an existing list

It is possible to Copy an existing list and reuse it for a new module:

  • Open the list you want to copy and via the Edit menu, select the Copy list option.
  • Remember to rename the list with the new title and make sure the Copy hierarchy associations box is unticked if it is for a different module.

How to create a new list

If your module does not have an RLO list you will need to create a new one.

  • Select My Lists from the top banner and choose Create new list.
  • We recommend that you to use the same List Name as the Bb module site and put the module code in the Description field.
  • Click on Select Hierarchy and search using the module code to attach the list to the relevant modules and add the student numbers.
  • Finally select the appropriate Academic Year.

How to add sections to your list

Breaking your list up into sections will help your students to manage their reading.  You can easily divide your list into sections based on weekly reading, seminars or themes in RLO.

To add sections to your list, hover the mouse over where you would like the section to go and select the Add Section option from the action bar which appears.

You will be prompted to give each section a name and description.  Once these details have been completed, you can start adding resources to your list.

How to move sections around the list

You can move sections into any section of the list. This is useful when you want to amend or alter the list structure.

  • To move a section, go to the section heading and click on the ...  and then Click on Cut.
  • Go to the section of the list that you want to put the section into and Click on Paste.

You can also move sections up and down the RLO or move specific items one by one. You can find more details on how to do this in the Talis Aspire help section linked below.

Getting help with your RLOs

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