Getting started with reading lists –
guide for staff
Find your lists
- Go to the reading list system for Canterbury campus modules or for Medway campus modules
- Sign in with your Kent IT Account username and password.
- The first time you log in, you will be asked to create your profile. This will allow you to ‘own’ your reading lists.
- Click My Lists to find your current lists.
- If you can't see your list, use the search bar to look for the module code or title of the list. Open the list and click the +My Lists button.
- If you still can't see your list, please email email@example.com.
- Click on the action drop-down next to the list you want to change and click Edit.
Create a new list
First, check that the list you want is not already on the system: go to the ‘Home’ screen and search for your module title (not the module code). If the list does not exist and you want to create it:
- click My Lists and log in if prompted.
- click Create a New List. (If this option is not available, please report this to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
- in the pop-up box, enter the module name (without the module code) in the ‘List name’ field. If relevant, enter a description. Click OK.
- you can now add sections and resources to the list - see below.
Link your list to a module code
If your list is not linked to a module code, please email email@example.com and we will update the link. You can still work on your list in the meantime.
Bookmark links for your reading lists
There are two tools that help you harvest item or resource information from LibrarySearch and from anywhere on the web (including books, journal articles, websites, blog posts, YouTube videos, and podcasts). You can then add the bookmarked resource to your reading list with the click of a button.
Both tools work in the same way - choose the one that works best with your browser.
1. Browser extension for Chrome, Edge and Firefox
You can add a browser extension that allows you to bookmark resources and add them to your lists:
There is no extension for Safari or Internet Explorer.
2. Bookmarklet – best for Safari
The readinglists bookmarklet is a button on your web browser. It creates bookmarks which hold as many details as possible about the item or resource. You can drop these bookmarks directly into your reading list or save them for later.
Install the bookmarklet
- Make sure your browser's favourites bar is visible:
- in Chrome: use the 3 dots on the right of the screen.
- on an iPad: open Settings, tap Safari, turn on 'Show Favorites Bar'.
- Sign in to the reading list system and click My Bookmarks.
- Click the Bookmarklet Installation Tutorial button, to the right of the page.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to install the bookmarklet. This will be added as a button to your favourites bar.
Using the bookmarklet or browser extension
- Browse to a resource you want to add to your bookmarks and click the bookmarklet or browser extension button. This will launch the bookmarking screen.
- Check that the resource information is correct. Use the ‘Add Field’ function to add additional information, such as chapter details.
- Click Create to add the resource to your bookmarks, or Create & Add to List to place it directly into a list. The browser tab will then go back to the web page you bookmarked.
- The next screen prompts you to choose where on your list you would like to add your bookmark. Make sure you set the priority of the resource: core, recommended or background.
- Click OK and the resource will be added to your list.
Work with a list
You can fully personalise and design your list to suit your students’needs, by using sections to break up the reading into weeks or topics, and by including notes.You could even create your structure to match your Moodle module.
When you first open a reading list to edit, it will ask you if you are the list owner. In the pop-up box, you can either choose to select yourself, or set someone else as the list owner. If you don’t yet know who the list owner is, you can choose to select one later. A list can only have one owner.
- Open your reading list.
- Select Edit from the menu.
- Use the panel on the right to drag resources, sections and notes into the list shown in the main screen:
- Click on the crossed arrows symbol and hold down the left mouse button while you drag the resource to where you need it on the main screen.
- A dotted line shows over a ‘drop-zone’. When this appears, release the mouse button and the resource will remain in the list.
Save and publish your list
To save a draft of your list, click Save Draft in the right hand panel.
When you have finished editing your list, click Publish in the right hand panel, so that your students and the library can see the changes. You need to publish your list to make sure the library buys the resources you need for your module.