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Integration! Integration! Integration!

In our latest development sprint, we’ve been working on one thing above all else… integration!

We want using KeyLinks to be a seamless experience for our Higher Education users and so we’re working on the integration of our platform with as many course-pack management tools, library discovery systems and library management systems (LMS) as possible. The first system we’ve fully integrated with so far is the Copyright Licensing Agency’s (CLA) Digital Content Store (DCS).  

Integration with the DCS and other course-pack management tools will better connect academic and library teams within institutions. KeyLinks will utilise CLA’s Request and Content API, enabling the digital platform to extract and host links, as well as associated metadata, from the DCS. It will also allow academics using KeyLinks to make content requests that are sent automatically to the DCS, from which the digitised content is populated back into the reading list. This integration means staff can make and track DCS requests from within KeyLinks. Additionally, they will benefit from a new time-saving end-to-end workflow.

In other integration news, we’re working with all of our third-party LMS partners in our mission to improve the KeyLinks user experience, starting with Capita. We are currently in the process of upgrading KeyLinks’ existing LMS connector functionality. This upgrade will allow the digital platform to pull back more information held in the Capita LMS such as location information, including shelf-mark and number of copies held. This should improve efficiency for library staff by allowing them to discover the required information without switching between different tools.

What else?

The final piece of integration we’ve been working on concerns digital Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) improvements. LTI is an important component to KeyLinks! Indeed, it allows students and any other end users to access their resource lists from whatever Virtual Learning Environment an institution may use. This eliminates the need to log into two different systems. We’ve now added the ability for academics, with the appropriate permissions, to edit a list from within the VLE. We have also added the functionality to add a specific section of a list within a VLE. Hence, a list can be split as appropriate across a module page. Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle will support all of this functionality. We’ve to work more on LTI improvement, but we are happy with the progress so far!

These are just the first steps of our overall integration plan. We want to make KeyLinks an effective resource list management system for all institutions and so we will continue to work with third-party partners, as well as individual institutions who have developed unique solutions, to make sure that our digital platform works for our users. If you’ve got any questions about integration or would like to know more please fill the form below!

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