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Meeting the Reading List Challenge 2013 announced

The annual Meeting the Reading List Challenge event will be taking place at Loughborough again. The announcement about the free event can be seen below.

Meeting the Reading List Challenge
Keith Green Building, Loughborough University
Thursday 4th April 2013, 10:30am – 3:30pm

This free showcase event will highlight experiences from a number of institutions in their use and development of resource/reading list management systems.  There will be five presentations (further details to follow) throughout the day.  In addition there will be a buffet lunch provided during which there will be a suppliers’ exhibition.

This is a free event.  If you would like to attend please email Gary Brewerton ( to reserve a place stating your name, institution and any specific dietary requirements.

More details of this year’s event and the results of previous years’ events can be seen on the Meeting the Reading List Challenge website.

Free workshop at Loughborough

For the second year running were holding a free workshop at Loughborough to discuss reading list management. The announcement about the event can be seen below.

Meeting the reading list challenge 2012: A workshop
Keith Green Building, Loughborough University
Thursday 16th August 2012, 10:00am – 3:30pm

How do you get stakeholders interested in online reading lists? And how does
a reading list management system relate to other systems?

These issues, and many others, will be discussed at this forthcoming workshop.

The morning session will explore academic engagement with reading lists whilst
the afternoon will focus on how a reading lists management system (RLMS) could
interact with other systems. Both sessions will include presentations and group

There will be a buffet lunch provided during which there will be a poster session.
All attendees are encouraged to submit a poster highlighting what they expect
from a RLMS, what their experiences of a RLMS are, or what interesting things
they’ve done with an RLMS?

This is a free event. If you would like to attend please email Gary Brewerton
( to reserve a place stating your name, institution
and any specific dietary requirements.

Meeting the Reading List Challenge workshop

On July 14th 2011 a workshop was held at Loughborough University entitled “Meeting The Reading List Challenge”.  42 people attended and, after a couple of presentations on reading lists in the morning, the afternoon was spent in group discussions looking at various aspects of reading list design and implementation.

The groups were each asked two questions, and each question was asked of two groups.  The questions were:

  1. What makes a perfect read list? And how can an academic keep it relevant?
  2. Who should be involved in the development of a reading list and what are their roles?
  3. Who do you want to view a reading list and who don’t you want to see it?
  4. How do you get your whole institution engaged with reading lists?
  5. Is there a formula that describes the relationship between reading list content and library stock?
  6. What other systems does a resource/reading list management system need interact with and why?

You can see the posters made from the results of the discussion online.

After the workshop, Gary, Jason and myself sat down and had a think about how some of the things that had come out of the discussions could be implemented in LORLS, and if they were things that we might find useful at Loughborough.  As a result we’ve got a list of some new things to investigate and potentially implement:

  1. Produce a report that is emailed to library staff and/or academics that flags when a new edition of an existing work is available.
  2. Report back to academics on the usage that their reading list is getting.  As we don’t ask the students to log into our LORLS installation, this will have to be anonymous usage information, either from the webserver or from data recorded by the API.
  3. Look at options for purchasing formulae to assist library staff in placing orders for works.  These formulae would be based on various facets such as the number of reading lists a work is on, how many students are on the corresponding modules, the importance attached to the work by the academic(s), the cost of the work, etc.  We might even factor in some simple machine learning so that past purchasing decisions can help inform the system about the likely outcome of future ones.
  4. Importing works from existing bibliographic management tools, especially from RIS/Refworks format.
  5. Provide the students with an ability to rate items and/or lists.  This would provide academics with feedback on how useful the students found the works on the reading lists and might also help the purchasing decisions.
  6. Do some work on the back end to get cookies, Shibboleth SSO and JSON(P) supported to provide a more integrated system.
  7. Sending suggestion emails to academics when new works are added to library stock that cover similar topics as ones already on their reading lists.
  8. Do some W3C accessibility and mobile web support testing.
  9. Introduce a ‘tickstamp’ data type that is set with the current date/time when someone ticks a check box.  This could then help support workflow for the librarians (ie a list of check boxes that have to be ticked off for each list and/or item).

We’re not at the stage of attaching time scales to the development of any of these, and indeed we might find that we don’t actually implement all of them.  However this list does give an idea of where we’re looking to take LORLS now that we have v6 out in production use at Loughborough.

Momentous events

Well, OK maybe they’re not that momentous but…

A couple of months ago we (Jason and I) met up with Ian Corns of Talis Aspire fame and had a bit of a catch-up session. Much has changed at Talis: their Library Management System division has been sold off, what was Talis Aspire is now called Talis Aspire Campus Edition, they are launching and Ian has a new job title (which is no laughing matter :-)).

We also bemoaned the lack of any reading list events happening this Summer. So in light of that we were particularly pleased when the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University (i.e. them upstairs) decided to host a workshop on “Meeting the reading list challenge” especially as Ian and myself will be giving a presentation on reading list systems at the event.

As we’re now involved in helping to organise the event I thought advertising it here might be a good idea!

Meeting the reading list challenge: A workshop
Department of Information Science, Loughborough University
Thursday 14th July 2011, 10:30am – 3:00pm

Do you know what resources your academics are recommending to students? How easy do your students find it to locate these key resources?

These issues (and many others) will be discussed at this forthcoming workshop.

Your host for the day will be Dr Ann O’Brien from the Department of Information Science, Loughborough University. The morning session will consist of presentations on “What is a reading list?” and “A magical mystery tour of resource/reading list management systems” given by Gary Brewerton, Project Manager for LORLS (Loughborough online reading list system) and Ian Corns,Customer Liaison Manager for Talis Aspire.

A free buffet lunch will be provided after which there will be wide ranging discussions on topics such as: what makes a good list? How do you engage with academic staff? And, what roles does the library actually have with regard to reading lists? There will also be opportunities for you to ask questions of those present.

This is a free event. If you would like to attend please email Sue Manuel ( to reserve a place stating your name, institution and any specific dietary requirements.

We look forward to hearing what others have to say about reading lists and associated systems on the day.

Twitter hash tag for event: #mtrlc

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