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Reading strategies - Getting started: The Library

Getting started creating a Reading Strategy

Thinking about material in the Library

For each item you are recommending, ask yourself the following question:

Can the quantity of copies available, in the loan categories they are currently in, provide the number of students who need the item with the length of time they need it for?

If not…

how will the students get access to the material?

[Part A helps to answer the first question, Part B addresses the second]

Section A – Evaluating current provision

 

  • In which loan categories are these copies? Standard Loans, Week Loans, reference-only, e-books? (See Types of resources for practical details of the different categories)

 

 

  • Throughout the entire module

  • Several weeks

  • A few days

  • A few hours

 

 

  • General reading

  • Preparation for a specific session / tasks (will they all need it at the same time?)

  • Essential reading for engagement in the module

  • Essential reading for completing the assessment

 

 

  • All of them

  • Most of them

  • A few of them

  • Those who choose a particular option

  • Those who are allocated a particular task (e.g. presenting at a seminar)

 

Section B – strategies to improve provision

 

  • Have you looked at the stock in the Library to see if there is other material that could supplement or substitute for your preferred material?

 

 

  • Subscribed to / purchased by the Library (journal articles / e-books / images / film-clips / historical documents etc.)

  • Freely available on Government / Official sites (reports / legislation etc.)

  • Free online digitised collections, such as Project Gutenberg (out-of-copyright literary works)

  • Open Access book publishing, such as OpenStax (Open Access textbooks)

  • Institutional or subject repositories (journal articles / theses / reports)

How will you indicate this availability to the students? Will they know where to get it from?

 

 

  • Is there anything that they have already been advised to buy for another module that might be useful here?

  • Is the material still commercially available?

  • Would the material make a good investment for future modules, or for future professional practice?

 

 

  • Is it owned by the Institution? – i.e. by the Library or by the Subject Area, not by an individual.

  • Do you only require a single chapter of each book or a single article from each journal issue for the module?

  • Have you read the guidelines and policy on the Scans and copyright information page?

  • Is there sufficient time for the item to be scanned and put on Moodle?

 

 

  • Is it owned by the Institution? – i.e. by the Library or by the Subject Area, not by an individual

  • Do you only require a single chapter of each book or a single article from each journal issue for the module?

 

 

  • Have you read the CLA guidelines on coursepacks?

  • Is there sufficient time to assemble the resources in time for the module?

  • How will you distribute the pack? Will you charge for it?

 

 

  • When would students be expected to visit other institutions? Many university libraries will not give access to undergraduate students from other universities during their own term-time. Some may also restrict all visitors at their own exam time

 

If there are only a limited range of available resources, can I find a better resourced topic / theme which still meets the module and course outcomes?

Don’t forget…

You can discuss all these issues with your Academic Service Librarian, who can offer support and advice on resources.


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