Answered By: Catherine Dale
Last Updated: May 11, 2020     Views: 3

In consultation with academic staff, the Library has created the following guidelines which you will want to bear in mind if you are creating a reading list for the students taking your module:

Annotated 
Please ensure your list is clearly laid out and accurate. This involves appropriate headings or tags, e.g. Essential, Recommended or Background and all the necessary bibliographic details so each item can be identified. If students are expected to purchase items themselves then please indicate this.

Length
A new 100-item reading list can take around one working week of Library staff time for checking, ordering and processing. Therefore, please bear in mind that the longer the list, the harder it will be for the Library to process and provide all recommended sources in sufficient quantity. Where lists are very long, Library staff will prioritise the checking and purchasing of key items. We aim to process all items on reading lists and will prioritise adding the first 75 items, or those labelled as Essential, to the online Reading List system (Leganto). Expectations should be realistic about how much students are able to read and what the Library can supply.

Early
Please try to send your lists to the Library as early as possible, or create them yourselves using the Reading Lists system, before the module starts, as it can take 6-8 weeks for some new items to arrive once they have been ordered. Some Schools collate lists and send them via a designated contact such as the Library Academic Representative; others leave it to individuals. We don't mind which method you choose, but ultimately, we rely on module leaders to make sure their module reading lists are sent to us or updated online. You can amend lists at anytime, you don’t need to wait for a specific time.

Realistic
Please be aware that some items can be very difficult or impossible for us to obtain, and/or highly expensive. This relates particularly to out-of-print books and certain items which need to be obtained from outside the UK.

If you have any questions about your reading list, or an item you want to recommend, please contact readinglists@ncl.ac.uk or your Liaison Team for advice.

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