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Reading Lists: information for academic staff

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

The Library has transitioned to a new unit of study reading list system called Leganto. 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 through Canvas via the “Reading List” 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.
  • Training materials are available, including an online guide and workshop recordings.

Preparing your reading list

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

You should allow 6-8 weeks on average for new items to arrive in the library. Films requiring licence negotiation may take longer. You can ask the library to order items by:

For limits on what the library is able to purchase, please see ordering and purchasing electronic resources.

How do I reuse a previous list?

The Library is still transitioning from the eReserve system to Reading Lists in Leganto so your process may be different depending on where your list is stored:

  • Rolling over reading lists that are in the current system - The Library will automatically rollover reading lists approximately 10 weeks out from the start of your course date listed in SEAMS. If you are listed as a Canvas instructor you will be notified when the list is available and able to be edited.
  • Reusing a reading list that was in the eReserve system - If your course is listed in SEAMS, the Library will start transferring this data into the new system approximately 10 weeks out from the start of semester. It will be processed in 4 week blocks and if you are listed as a Canvas instructor you will be notified when it is able to be reviewed. If your list has had major changes, please get in contact with us.

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

Once you have received notification that your list is ready for review, please use our Reading list guide for instructions on how to use the key functions in the system.

How do I create a new reading list?

The deadline for reading lists submitted to the Library is 4 weeks out from the start of the course. There are two options for creating a new reading list:

  1. Use the Reading list guide to create your new list
  2. The Library is able to assist you in the creation of your reading list. Submit your list using the online form.

Not all my citations are available?

The Library may need to do an additional step to make your items available to students. This may include approving copyright, ordering new items, scanning/digitizing or moving to a short loan period. When the Library has completed these checks, the item will then be available to view.

When will my list be ready?

Library staff will endeavour to make rolled over lists and new lists received before the deadline available in time for the start of your course, but may prioritise by week order if necessary.

Can I access previous eReserve Lists?

Yes, all of the eReserve Lists have been migrated to Leganto and will be accessible in due course. Please contact library.uos@sydney.edu.au and staff will retrieve the list.

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.

Who can I contact for more information?

For further information, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian or via Live Chat.


Reading Lists: Best Practice

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 Canvas 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 marked as required 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 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.