How do I update my reading list for the new academic year?

If you are the module co-ordinator and the module reading list has been added to Aspire by someone else, add it My Lists in Aspire (How do I do that?) before starting this checklist.

Please contact your subject librarian (How do I do that?) or email  if you have any questions or would like to arrange some one-to-one help (How do I do that?).

For your students

  • Amend the Aspire list content
  • Arrange the lists items in sections by weekly readings, themes etc. as required ( How do I do that? )
  • Ensure any advice for your students are included in a Note for students (How do I do that?), for example, if an ebook is only available to a limited number users simultaneously
  • Avoid creating an excessively long list; a reading list supports learning, it is not an exhaustive bibliography

This Panopto recording (06/09/20 run-time: 12:27) shows how to add the following to an Aspire reading list: sections, books from Primo and elsewhere, a chapter (and request digitisation), online articles, web pages and Box of Broadcasts.

For timely library stock purchasing and digitisations

  • Ensure your reading list is complete for the new academic year before the deadline (What are the reading list deadlines?)
  • Ensure each item on the list has the correct importance level selected, that is, Essential or Further Reading ( How do I do that? ) (What will happen?)
  • To ensure that a book is purchased, check it has been added as the resource type Book to the Aspire list (How do I do that from Primo? or not from Primo? )
  • To ensure that a journal article or 10% / one chapter of a book is digitised, ensure it has been added to the Aspire list as the resource type Article or Chapter and that digitisation has been requested (How do I do that?)  
  • Ensure any additional information or questions for library staff are included in a Note to library ( How do I do that? )

For flexibility while access to library collections remains limited due to COVID-19

  • Where possible, focus your reading list around online sources and locate online items before print-only items if appropriate
  • Consider adding alternative online sources to sections relying on print-only content
  • You may find it useful to highlight in the list description or a section description where important resources in your list are not available online

Before re-publishing, check 

Now re-publish

to ensure

  • the Library can buy the books and process the digitisations you have added
  • your students will see the changes you have made to your reading list
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