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Our Services: Reading Lists: FAQs

A guide on how to create and maintain reading lists using Talis Aspire

FAQs - please select a question to reveal the answer

Check that you are logged into Talis Aspire (your name appears in the purple bar). If you cannot log in, request 'List Publisher' permissions from library.resources@durham.ac.uk
This needs to be inserted manually using the URL for your list on Talis Aspire. The Add Reading List Link in DUO guide provides more information.
You may be trying to use the old ‘Library Resources’ tool, which is no longer supported. Try checking for a list on Talis Aspire (all Library Resources lists were copied there in early September 2020). Seek help from library.resources@durham.ac.uk if unsure. If a suitable list definitely cannot be found – even under former module titles or codes – one will need creating. The Library Resources tool should be hidden or deleted and replaced with a link to the list on Talis Aspire. The Add Reading List Link in DUO guide provides more information.
By adding new books to your reading list in Talis Aspire then selecting 'Request a review' from the 'edit' button above the list to alert the Library. Remember to click on the 'Publish' button as well to reflect the new additions in the students' view. The Requesting Library Purchases guide provides further details
Please follow the Requesting Digitisation of Key Extracts guide for requesting digitisation and Digitisation tab above for further information about what can and cannot be provided
There is no typical timescale. This depends on the time of year, how many requests the Library’s Acquisitions team have received recently, whether an e-book or a print copy is purchased, where it is bought from, and how busy the Library’s Cataloguing and Processing teams are. It can take anything from a few days to a few weeks.
There is no typical timescale. This depends on the time of year, how many requests the digitisation team are handling, whether a book needs to be purchased or recalled to scan from, and whether the information provided matches what is seen in the book.
The Digitisation Team occasionally contact tutors if we need to confirm details about requests. We do not routinely notify tutors when requests are complete. However, once requests are complete, a ‘View online’ link will appear next to digitised chapters within the list in Talis, and you can use the ‘Digitised’ option from the ‘Filter’ menu at the top of the list. We will always notify you if we are unable to fulfil a digitisation request for any reason.

Please contact us if you have any questions about digitisation or the status of requests.
No. This would add delays to the acquisitions process if applied widely. Once an order has been placed, whether for a print or an online copy, the title will be listed on the catalogue and Discover recording the date the order was placed. This will be updated with information on availability once the material is available and processed for borrowing or online consultation.
After logging into Talis Aspire, select ‘My bookmarks’ from the purple bar then click on the ‘Install Bookmark Button’. You then need to enable the bookmark favourites bar for your browser, if not displayed already, to deposit the button on. Instructions for doing this are available for Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Opera, and Safari. You then just need to drag the blue button marked ‘Add to My Bookmarks’ up and drop it on favourite bookmarks bar, preferably in the middle so you can see it (you can move it about later if desired).
you can check for existing e-books using the library catalogue with the e-books filter in the drop-down menu applied. Alternatively, you can search Discover (which searches just books by default) then select the 'Available online' filter from the right of the screen. E-books already listed on a Talis Aspire reading list will have a ‘View online’ option next to them, or you can find them selecting the ‘Online resource’ option from the ‘Filter’ menu at the top.
Where an e-book isn't already available, check for library licences using the Gobi and LibCentral supplier catalogues. There are instructions for using Gobi, and instructions for using LibCentral.

Where an e-book is not an option available, check whether sections can be scanned.

Where there are no suitable online options available, discuss potential solutions with your Faculty Librarian, whose contact details can be found in your department's Subject Guide.
We always look for online access to reading list materials first. When you select 'Request a review' from the 'edit' menu above the reading list, the Library is alerted to all new materials you have added. For all new books we always check for an eBook first and only buy a print copy if no online access can be sourced. If you have marked any of the new books as 'essential' (either by changing the designation under 'no importance set' or in an entry in the 'Note to the Library' box) we will alert you by email if online access cannot be sourced.
When you make any changes to a reading list, the revisions are stored in a separate ‘draft’ copy and only you can see them. When you select the ‘publish’ option the changes are visible to students. Selecting ‘Request a review’ from the ‘edit’ alerts the Library to the changes so we can check whether any purchases will be necessary. Both steps are needed to achieve the respective outcomes.
‘Essential’ means all students undertaking the module will need to read this material. ‘Seminar’ denotes material intended for discussion in a seminar. ‘Preparatory’ designates material students might be expected to consult before commencing their studies. These options cannot be re-named by individual tutors or departments but can be changed by Talis. It is desirable to identify a limited number of labels that are meaningful for students and tutors throughout Durham University but it is not desirable to have a high number of competing or contradictory labels to choose from.
You can toggle the ‘View online’ button on and off and select its destination URL manually. Find the book on the catalogue and copy the link you would click to visit it. In your reading list, click the three dots to the right of the book and select ‘edit’. Choose ‘Web address’ from the drop-down to the right of ‘Add field’, click the ‘Add’ button and paste in the URL you copied from the catalogue. Then toggle the ‘Online resource’ radio button until you are prompted to select the desired URL. Choose the one you just pasted then save.
Yes. You can drag items or sections up and down the screen using the up/down arrows icon to the right but you cannot drag beyond the top/bottom edges of the screen. To move an item or section further, select ‘cut’ from the three dots to the right, scroll to where you want to insert it, hover your cursor where you want to deposit it and select ‘paste’ from the resulting menu.
No. Unfortunately this is not possible at present. You can copy individual items from one list to another by selecting ‘Add to My Bookmarks’ from the three dots to the right of the item you want to copy, opening the list you want to copy it to and selecting ‘Add resource’ as you hover the cursor over the list. The book you just copied should be at the top of the resulting menu. You can copy several items from your original list to your bookmarks in this way then paste them into your new list in quick succession if needed rather than toggling back and forth between lists for each individual item. Unfortunately this doesn’t work for sections.
No. The only option is to copy and paste items from one list to the other, as described above.
Yes. Any given reading list in Talis Aspire can be attached to as many modules as required. When viewing the list, select ‘Hierarchy and student numbers’ from the ‘edit’ menu just above the list. Start typing in the module code into the search box and select the appropriate module from the results. If you cannot find your module this way it may need to be inserted - please contact library.resources@durham.ac.uk if this is needed.
Yes. You can link lists to, and un-link them from, specific modules by selecting ‘Hierarchy and student numbers’ from the ‘edit’ menu above the list. Choose the module you wish to assign the existing list to and un-link the other one[s]. You can then create a new list to attach to another module or you can make a duplicate of an existing list and link that to the relevant module from the ‘Hierarchy and student numbers’ option in the ‘edit’ menu.
We are no longer using the Word and spreadsheet templates from previous years. Please add new books to the relevant reading lists, select ‘essential’ if they will be in high demand, and choose ‘Request a review’ from the ‘edit’ menu above the list. The Library will see the new books and purchase sufficient provision, alerting you by email if online access cannot be sourced.
There are instructions for the main steps available from the right hand column in the Talis Aspire Guide in the box marked Quick-start reference guides for tutors. You can also email library.resources@durham.ac.uk for answers to specific questions. If you would like some live, interactive guidance, please contact your Faculty Librarian.