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Unit of study readings: information for academic staff

Providing us with your unit of study reading list means your students will have access to their readings throughout the session.

COVID-19 Changes to unit of study reading list system

Students are finding it increasingly hard to access physical materials in our library spaces. It is recommended that course reading lists be reviewed to include minimal physical materials, as access to these items will be limited. You can contact your Academics Liaison Librarian to find alternative content.

The loan period for short loan (formerly called "2 hour loan") physical items has been extended to four hours (in most cases). These items are quarantined for 24 hours on return.

We are still experiencing delays with physical material being delivered, so please ensure that you place any orders through our online form as soon as possible.

For more details, see Library COVID-19 updates or contact us.

Introducing Leganto: a new reading list platform for Semester 1, 2021

The Library is currently transitioning to a new unit of study reading list system called Leganto, commencing in Semester 1, 2021. For details, see our news item about this project.

Key changes

  • The University requires all unit of study reading lists to be in Leganto.
  • Reading lists will still be accessible though Canvas. From 18 January 2021, you will see a “Reading List” tab replace the “eReserve” tab.
  • For all remote or online units, unit coordinators must have 100% of material of their required reading list in electronic format. For material delivered on campus, unit coordinators should aim for 70% of material on required reading list to be available electronically, with 100% online as the long-term aspiration.
  • The Library will endeavour to source online subscription material as a priority, to support equitable and sustainable practices.
  • Workshops, training and support will be provided by Library staff from 28 January 2021.

FAQs: Preparing for Semester 1, 2021

How can I ask the Library to order new material to support my reading list?

Please use our online form to submit your order.

How do I roll over a list from last semester?

You don’t need to do anything. Your last list in eReserve will be available in Leganto from 21 January 2021.

Your list will be in the same order as it was in eReserve, however the citations may not yet be processed, due to the migration. Don’t worry – it’ll happen before the start of semester.

If you are listed as an “Instructor” on Canvas, you will be notified when your citations are processed and available for students.

How do I make minor changes to my rolled-over list?

You will be able to edit your reading list via Leganto after 21 January 2021.

Please use our Leganto guide for instructions on how to use the key functions in the system. In addition, starting in late January, the Library will provide training workshops to academic staff to support the transition to Leganto. Further information will be communicated in mid-January.

What if I am running a new course or need to make major changes to my previous list?

Please use our online form to submit your list for the Library to process.

Can I access my previous eReserve Lists?

Yes, all of the eReserve Lists have been migrated to Leganto and will be accessible in due course. You can still access old lists through your previous courses in Canvas until June 2021.

When will my list be ready?

Library staff will endeavour to make migrated lists and lists received before the deadline available in time for the start of semester, but may prioritise by week order.

Who can I contact for more information?

For further information, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

General FAQs

What should go on my reading list?

  • Scanned items to which you want to provide students with a quick link, or that are in the physical library collection.
  • Ebooks or journals you can link to via library databases. Please note that you can provide students with these links within the LMS without breaching copyright. You can use Leganto if you want to keep all your readings in one place, but do not have to use the Leganto system if you are simply providing links to these online resources.
  • If you would like to give your students the opportunity to search our collections as part of developing them to be lifelong learners, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian to incorporate these strategies into your curriculum.

What can be added to unit of study readings?

  • Journal articles
  • Books and book chapters
  • Your personal copy of a book
  • DVDs, CDs, scores and streamed material

What do required and recommended readings mean?

  • Required readings are defined as “essential for the learning outcomes of the unit of study. Accessing and studying these readings is necessary for assessments and to prepare, participate in or extend the resources available through the learning activities of the unit.”
  • Physical items will be moved to the short loan collection (formerly called "2 hour loans")
  • Recommended readings are defined as “important additional readings that complement and add value to the required readings and to the resources available through the learning activities of the unit. They help build upon knowledge and lead to a deeper understanding of core concepts.”

What do I need to know about copyright?

The unit of study reading list service helps the University to mitigate risk by managing the electronic copying limits, reporting and other requirements of the statutory licences contained in the Copyright Act.

For more information, see copyright for unit of study readings or contact Copyright Services.

Can I add items to the list throughout the semester?

Leganto allows you to add items throughout the semester yourself. The Reading list guide will step you through the process.