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Reading List Engagement at University of Kent

This presentation will share insights and lessons learnt from implementing and then driving take-up of the Talis Aspire reading list system at University of Kent.
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Dave Puplett

on 7 April 2014

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Transcript of Reading List Engagement at University of Kent

Review the 'set importance' categories available within the reading list system - getting Faculty Acadmeic Reps and Students together to agree what they mean, and what activity they might trigger
Reinforcing the process to academics:
academic list upload > library > book order > student =

Reading List Service User Group
Other sites and campuses
Humanities.. starting conversations about list content & quality
Monitoring and adjusting during Primo (and other tech) implementation


Reading List Engagement at the University of Kent
Relationship Management Group April 14
Humanities Faculty
5,939 students, 198 academic staff over 6 Schools and 2 Centres
Dean and Library Liaison - student experience
Faculty strategic theme 2012-14 : Library
"There isn't much point having a wonderful system which makes sure that everything on existing reading lists is in the library if the result is that there is no budget left to buy new books for 8 months, creating a terrible backlog to be confronted in August."
Student usage

This data has been gathered from Google Analytics statistics provided by the software supplier and host, Talis, and provides a comparison for the August to December periods for both 2012 and 2013.

Number of visits
• 2012 112,559
• 2013 231,431

This represents a 105% increase in visits between 2012 and 2013.

2009-2011...3 systems in 3 years!
Implementation of Talis 2011/12
University system
readinglists@kent

Humanities Dean
Information Services policy
Katie Edwards, Dave Puplett
University of Kent

"It’s not what students want. Students want books, not fancy reading lists."
From 2012 > Book orders for teaching can only be requested via the reading list system
Mandate

: March 2012 - 100% take up of the reading list system by 31st May 2012
Books ordered via reading list system were purchased from the £50K additional funding. First come first served.
School Administration Managers and academic library reps to encourage take up of training
2014: Academic
feedback
"This is your chance finally to unburden yourself, people. Take it! It's good for the soul."
"..academic staff need to be given more guidance about reading lists or to discuss their purpose a bit further. I am rather 'old school' believing that almost anything of interest should be placed on a reading list."
Breadth of reading across topics And depth =
Book heavy

Larger classes
creates further pressure on book stock
Longer lists
= more time setting up and managing list in system, technical issues more likely to affect them
Not as well off financially
as other Faculties so not enough copies ordered
Out of prints
still very relevant but not easily sourced
Dependent on CLA scans Moodle but recent
changes in copyright
have put the focus back on the book stock
Offers distinctive modules to attract students >
not mainstream
stock
Culture
of 'what makes a reading list' - less guidance but to encourage
independent research
methods as well as student choice for varying interests
Humanities Reading Lists
Reading List Engagement Paper
for Library User Panel, Faculty Learning & Teaching and School Boards.. and in conversations with acdemics
Next steps @ Kent
"I like being able to add books using the app, this seems a helpful way of doing things as you can do it all year through when something strikes you as useful"
"I get the sense that it was designed without the humanities in mind, i.e. it works really well if you're using it to display core textbooks but does not respond well - aesthetically, ergonomically, organisationally - to the much more flexible, indicative nature of humanities lists."
Change in responsibilities > academics to manage their lists
Handover admin to academic
List length and content
Budget..
Initial relunctance.. lower take-up
List quality
History
English
Thank you for listening
Any questions?
I asked our Reading List Service Champion
(aka Social Sciences Faculty Liaison Librarian, aka Library Collections Teaching and Learning Lead) for a paper: 4 sides max, graphs, showing impact, use;
the big picture...
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