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Reading lists

Reading is an important part of the learning process and underlies many of the courses provided by the University. Reading lists form an essential part of this, allowing academics to guide students to relevant material to support their studies. We use an online system called LORLS to manage reading lists.

This system was developed locally and has been made available as open source. The system provides students with up-to-date reading lists and checks availablity of material against the Library catalogue. It also allows academics to maintain their own reading lists without having to separately inform the Library of any changes.

Why should I use the Reading List system ?

  • The system automatically alerts the Library to the details of what is being recommended which enables us to acquire and make available the appropriate texts and resources
  • The system includes a dashboard feature from where you can get usage information including the views of your list and whether the items are being borrowed
  • The system presents live availability and the location for each item, eliminating the need for students to re-key the details into the Library Catalogue for this information

How do I edit my reading lists?

You can edit your reading lists by logging in to the online system and clicking on the My Lists icon on the toolbar. This will then show a listing of all the reading lists you are associated with. If this listing is incorrect, or you would like further help in creating/editing your reading lists, then please contact Jane Bramley

Can I have book chapters or journal articles on my reading list?

Yes you can, if the Library holds an electronic copy of the ebook or has a subscription to the journal then the reading list links directly to those items. When the Library does not hold the item electronically we can scan a copy from our print stock or, if we do not own the item, we can try to obtain a copyright cleared copy from the British Library. These scanned copies are added to a Digital Content Store hosted by the Copyright Licencing Agency and a url is provided. The url from the Digital Content Store is added to the Reading List so the item can be electronically accessed by your students directly from the reading list. Please note there are restrictions on what items can be made available in this manner but the Library will check these and ensure we comply with copyright regulations.

What material can be scanned and where can it be made available?

Loughborough University holds a Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education Licence which allows us to make digital copies of extracts from published printed material, such as book chapters or journal articles. All items made available as a result of this licence must be reported to the CLA. When an item that needs to be scanned is added to the reading list system the Library obtains the required pdfs and adds them onto a Digital Content Store database managed by the CLA. Only items made available on the Reading List system are added to the Digital Content Store and thereby reported to the CLA, material made electronically available elsewhere would not be compliant with this licenceso pdfs of scanned material must be made available via the Reading List system and cannot legally be made available on LEARN

Please note that this service is subject to copyright regulations and we can only make one chapter or 10% of a book (whichever is the larger) or one article per issue of a journal available digitally per reading list. The publisher also has to have signed up to the service otherwise we cannot legally make the item available. All of this is checked by the Library so you don't have to worry about it!


Where can I find out more about LORLS?

The LORLS development team maintain a blog which includes a design diary, online demo and documentation about the system.