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Getting to Know You: An Overview of KeyLinks’ Developments and What to Expect Next

It’s been a busy year so far for KeyLinks and we can now say that all our customers have been successfully migrated to the new system! To see how far we’ve come, here’s a summary of KeyLinks’ biggest developments in 2018 and what our next steps will be.

Since acquiring the rebus:list system and kicking off the development of KeyLinks, we’ve been hard at work redeveloping the platform!

2018 so far has been an intense series of development sprints for KeyLinks, transforming the system with continuous improvements and adjustments, with you, our customers, feeding back every step of the way.

Now, the start of the 2018’s academic year is upon us and all current users have officially left rebus:list and been migrated to KeyLinks. We’re staying on-hand with webinars and customer support to make sure everyone feels fully confident with the new system before September starts. However, we thought we’d make a quick guide to the major developments to the system this year, and what future improvements we’ll be working on this autumn.

So, without further ado, here’s KeyLinks’s biggest developments since January 2018:


Users can set up templates to quickly add sections and subsections to lists.


Users have the ability to set bespoke terms in line with your collection development and other internal policies which advise students of how to best utilise the list. For example, resources could be categorised as Essential, Recommended, or Further.


These are linked to Reading Priority Tags, allowing librarians in their administrative settings to set a ratio of how many items to purchase for each student. For example, an ‘Essential’ book may need 1 copy for every 15 students. This will feed into the Acquisitions Recommendation Engine that we will soon be building.


This ensures Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) works with all major Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs)/Learning Management Systems (LMSs), including Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle. We’ve also introduced the ability to add sections of a list to your VLE/LMS.


This allows academics to make requests from relevant materials on lists to the CLA Digital Content Store (DCS). From there, academics can track the status of their request and—once a request is successfully completed—a link to the content in the DCSs will be automatically updated in the list view for students to access.


We have moved all of KeyLinks over to robust and reliable Microsoft Azure cloud hosting.

Remember, if you have any questions about these new features or just want to tell us what you think, you can always email us or leave a comment right here on this post!

The platform has come a long way in just a few short months, thanks to hard work from our development team and excellent feedback from our customers. However, we’re taking a break once term starts! We have three key areas we’ll be working on this autumn, and, as always, we want to know what you think!


As mentioned above, this will build on our Reading Priority Tags and Purchasing Ratios to make sure KeyLinks works its hardest for you. The engine will flag to library staff what materials they may want to consider purchasing for the library to ensure that there is enough supply for the number of students needing access.


Using the already-powerful Kortext analytics platform, we will be building an integrated analytics module for KeyLinks which will provide a powerful, insightful and visual view of how and when users are engaging with KeyLinks. Analytics will be an evolving part of the system and as we continue our journey, we will be improving and iterating this over time.


For Tor those customers who also use the Kortext personal learning platform, this integration will mean that KeyLinks will sync with Kortext  to display any Kortext books that are available for that course to the students prominently in the list.

What do you think of these upcoming developments? Do you have any ideas for what else could improve your KeyLinks experience? Let us know in the comments or get in touch! Remember, signing up to our webinars is the perfect way to hear about new developments in more depth and get fast answers to any questions you have.

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