Recommended Resource List Structure for 2021/22 onwards
The Library's Resource List Strategy was endorsed by Education Committee in 2020 and following a period of consultation is being rolled out across the University for the 2021/22 academic year. The strategy is underpinned by principles of simplicity, consistency and improving the student experience.
Resource Lists should be structured in the following sections:
It is not necessary for every Resource List to feature every importance.
Resource Lists should be submitted to the Library using our new template.
When a Resource List is submitted, the Library will check the availability of the Essential and Recommended titles. If titles are not available electronically, they will contact the relevant staff and ask for a chapter or section to digitise. If an item is to remain as Essential or Recommended this information must be provided, or the title will have to be moved to the Further Resources section.
If all of the requested areas of the text cannot be digitised due to copyright restrictions, an alternative electronic text should be recommended. Alternatively, one key chapter could be digitised and made Essential or Recommended, while other print-only chapters could be listed in the Further Resources section.
The Library will aim to provide access to all Further Resources where possible, in either print or electronic format. It will make use of a range of acquisition formats to provide access to material, while ensuring the best financial return on investment.
Academic staff can support this strategy by:
When completing a module specification, or otherwise reviewing a reading list, the following steps are advised:
Resource Lists Online is the primary vehicle for UoB students to access their reading lists. The Library creates RLO lists based on the recommendations of academic staff, and can also provide training if academics wish to edit and maintain their own lists.
RLO lists are embedded on the relevant Moodle sites, as well as being accessible from the Library website, student portal and MyBolton app.
The University's #UniAsItShouldBe bursary scheme is run by the JS Group and enables eligible UoB students to purchase books from their resource lists with their bursary credit. The Library's RLO platform links through to the #UniAsItShouldBe store, enabling students to easily purchase items with their bursary credit where they wish.
The Library passes information about UoB Resource Lists to the JS Group on an annual basis. If there are items that you particularly wish to be available to purchase via the bursary scheme, please place them in the Essential or Recomended section of the Resource List template. You can also note on the form that you recommend the item for purchase.