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Reading Lists: a Practical Guide

Manage existing lists


Edit and manage your existing lists

The instructions below will help you manage your Reading Lists.

Jump to: Changing and updating your list | Managing list editors | Student engagement | Getting help | FAQs

1 Changing and updating your list

It's simple to edit lists in Reading Lists. If you only have a few minor updates to make we suggest you try doing this yourself as it will be quickest option for you.

  • Move a section

Sections must be collapsed to move them. Click the title of the section to collapse it and use the blue bar at the right-hand side of the section to drag the section, or click the blue up or down arrows to move the section one place in your list.

  • Delete or edit a section or item

The three-dots on the right-hand side of each section or item opens the menu. From this menu you can delete and copy sections or items, and the edit option allows you to change details or hide the section or item from the student view.

Tip: The FAQs page offers instructions on a range of questions, such as how to deal with modules that have multiple lists and restoring old Reading Lists.

If you have major changes to make to a list, or if you have a brand new list, we are happy to get this ready in the Reading Lists system for you. Send it to us using our online submission form. This is particularly useful for staff who are taking over a module or are returning from research leave.

Tip: Our Digitisation and Accessibility pages may also be of interest if you want to request some scanned reading or if you have a print-impaired student taking your module.

2 Managing list editors and collaborators

Reading Lists is capable of having multiple people as list editors (the system refers to them as collaborators). To add a collaborator, click on 'Collaborators' on the right-hand panel of your list. Through 'Manage Collaborators' you can search for colleagues to add to the list and set their permission level:

  • Editors can edit the list, but cannot delete the list or add other collaborators.
  • Managers can edit the list, delete the list and add other collaborators.

Tip: You can lock your Reading List to prevent other collaborators from editing it through the menu for the Reading List. Only managers can lock a Reading List and it can only be unlocked by the manager who locked it, or by library staff.

If you are no longer teaching on a module and wish to remove yourself from the reading list it is important that you remove yourself from the list rather than simply deleting the list. If you delete the list it will remove it for everyone else as well.

The Reading Lists team can help you with the following:

  • Removing you from or adding you to a large number of lists in one go
  • Helping with large changes at a departmental level or adding administrative staff to lists

3 Student engagement with your list

You can see which students have marked items as read on your Reading List. There are some reporting options available with Reading Lists; these are available in the Reports area. This part of the system isn't currently heavily used. We're open to working with departments to see how we could develop this area further.

You can promote class discussion using the 'Student discussion' feature. This is an optional tool and can be turned off in the list menu under 'Configure List Discussions'.

4 Getting help

We’ve tried to make sure that the FAQs contain all the instructions you will need for using the system. If your question isn’t covered here, or if you’d like to ask for some advice on ordering ratios and purchasing timelines, please get in touch with us using We're happy to answer queries over the phone, by email, or to come out to departments to meet staff.