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Reading Lists Online - guide for academic staff

Preparing RLOs for Semester 1 2020/21

Due to the unprecedented situation the University is facing this year, the Library is anticipating how a socially distanced campus may operate and access to print copies of books may be severely compromised.

Our focus, as a service is to ensure fair and equitable access to academic content across our learner community, so a student who is self-isolating or shielded is as able to be successful in their learning as any other.  We are, therefore, asking all module leaders (with our help) to start preparing online-only reading lists for all Semester 1 2020/21 modules.

This guide will help you to update your reading lists, but 1-2-1 support is available from your Subject Librarian.  Any questions please get in touch..

The RLO system is updated every Wednesday to pick up any newly requested Blackboard modules.


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.

Making your RLO accessible and inclusive

It is important to consider how you can make lists accessible for all students, the following techniques are all very effective.

Include online resources

  • More students can access these where and when it suits them, for example off-campus.
  • Students can also use specialist reading software to access these resources if they require it

Provide clear sign-posting and navigation

  • Giving guidance on what is essential and what is further reading allows students to prioritise their reading -  ALL essential material needs to be available as an electronic format to avoid student frustration and anxiety, and that if something is not available electronically we will contact the academic to explore alternatives. This semester we will not be including any essential material if it is only available in print..

Get your lists published and reviewed in good time

  • This gives students who may have difficulties with reading more time to find and read materials
  • Also it allows the library more time to digitise chapters or buy e-books


Digitisation of print items

Use Request review if you bookmark chapters or articles that are not currently available electronically.  Wherever possible we will digitise these (licences and copyright law permitting). 
We recommend you liaise with your Library faculty team if you have any questions regarding resources that need ordering.

Digitisating readings across lists

You can tell if an item on an RLO is a chapter or article digitised by the library services Digitisation team by grouping the items by section.

The digitised reading will have been made purposefully for that particular module, and details such as the module code and student numbers will have been recorded for copyright auditing. Therefore, please do not copy the link across and use it on an RLO for a different module. If you need a digitised reading for a new RLO, please either add it to the RLO and set it to review or complete the form below and send it to

Setting up Pre-arrival reading lists

This document provides information about how to set up a pre-arrival lists using a University template. It also provides students with information about Hallam Library and provides a short introduction to academic study at university.