Reading Lists – export to RefWorks and other new features

In addition to BibTeX and RIS, you can now export references from the Reading List system direct to RefWorks. As with all export to reference management software, it’s a good idea to check the accuracy of the references following import into your account.

There are a number of other new features for the Reading List system. Chief among these are the search by ISBN and the link to the campus bookshop features.

Need to know if a book or journal is recommended for more than one module? Now you can use the search by ISBN or ISSN option to identify the reading lists concerned.

Information about availability of a particular book in the campus bookshop is now displayed where available. The main book detail page will indicate if there is one or more copies of a text as shown in the screen shot below:

Working with reading lists just got easier

When updating your reading lists you can take advantage of the ‘bulk operations’ feature to move, copy or delete multiple items.

Simply click on the line numbers to select the desired items (highlighted here with by coloured squares) and a floating toolbar will appear at the top of the screen.  This toolbar will ‘move with you’ as you scroll down the reading list; great for long lists!

As always, we welcome your feedback on the reading list system. You’ll find the feedback option in the top right of the reading list screen.

Coming soon: link to campus bookshop. Look out for our next post on new developments to find out more!

One week to go!

Screen shot of new reading list system

The new look reading list system is just one week away!

Students will notice that book information for example, is displayed all in the one place. There’s no longer a need to link out to the Library Catalogue to find the item. All you need to know is displayed on screen (including which floor the book is shelved on!)

Academic staff will notice the new BibGrab tool which allows you to add items to your reading lists at the click of a button while you surf.

These are just two of the new features and benefits of the new look system. To find out more contact your Academic Librarian, visit Learn or see our earlier posts on this blog.

Library well represented at excellent e-learning showcase

e-learning showcase 2011The e-learning showcase gave the Library a wonderful opportunity to highlight how we can support learning and teaching across campus, especially in relation to:

* the new version of the online reading list system

* use of QuestionMark Perception to assess students understanding of information handling and plagiarism

* e-readers and how they may be used in an academic environment.

If you want to know more, why not contact your Academic Librarian?

We also learnt about the exciting intiatives happening elsewhere around campus, so if you didn’t make it, why not come to the next one?

Database in Focus: The New Reading List System

The Library will be hosting its first Database in Focus of the New Year next Wednesday (26th January) in Training Room 1 of the Library between 10AM – 11.30AM. The database in focus on this occasion will be the Library’s new and improved Reading List System.

The University’s Online Reading List System allows the easy creation and central storage of readings being recommended to students (e.g. books, journal articles, electronic resources, etc.). The system also links directly to the Library’s catalogue, so that students can quickly and easily check the current availability of the material.

This session will offer a first glimpse of how the new system will look and operate.

To book:

Staff – either through Staff Development’s booking system, or turn up on the day.

Students – no need to book, just turn up on the day.

See you there!

New reading list system on show at the E-Learning Showcase

Screen shot of new reading list system

Be sure to stop by the exhibition stands in James France at the E-Learning Showcase next Wednesday where there will be demonstrations and information about the forthcoming upgrade to the Loughborough Online Reading List system. You will get the chance to speak with one of the developers of the system as well as one of the Academic Librarians.

The new system offers a number of benefits to academic staff – including easier input, editing and navigation – and students – including Library holdings embedded on page, display of book covers and chapters where available (see image above) and easy access to citation information.

Exciting developments for reading lists

If you are a member of staff who has visited the Online Reading List System recently you may have noticed that changes are afoot!

The currently reading list system is 10 years old and the Library’s Systems Team has taken the anniversary as an opportunity to refresh the coding and build in new features. One of these is a tool called BibGrab that sits in your browser. With BibGrab academic staff can easily add resources to their reading lists whilst surfing the web. For example, web pages, book details or journals.

To find out more about the new reading list system, visit the E-Learning Showcase on 12 January or talk to your Academic Librarian.

Limited Access to Library Resources (Weekend 20th-23rd)

As part of the electrical shut downs taking place across campus this summer, there will be very limited access to a variety of library online resources over this coming weekend when the planned shut down of the Llibrary’s electrical supply takes place.

This will begin from Friday evening (20th August) at 5.30PM, and will continue over weekend (Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd) until Monday morning (23rd), when we hope to have everything up and running by about 10AM.

The following online resources shall therefore be completely unavailable over this period:

  • The Library Catalogue
  • Metalib
  • SFX
  • Online Reading List system
  • The Institutional Repository.

However, all is not entirely lost! You may still access the majority of the library’s databases and electronic journals through the publishers’ own sites (using the necessary passwords and usernames where prompted).

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and will of course keep you up to date as regards further developments or possible disruption.