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Introducing KeyLinks, a New Resource List

Firstly, what is KeyLinks? KeyLinks is a reading and resource list management system, currently still under development. The KeyLinks team, working on this new reading list, is a partnership made up of CLA, the Copyright Licensing Agency, and Kortext. CLA and Kortext have worked together before on a product for Higher Education (HE) that you might be familiar with, the Digital Content Store (DCS). After this first partnership was such a success, we decided that it was time to provide another first-class product that can revolutionise workflows. So KeyLinks came to be! The KeyLinks system derives from PTFS Europe’s rebus: list product that CLA and Kortext acquired last year.

What have we been doing?

We have made great progress with our development so far. Here below are some of our already completed features on this new reading list and resource list software.

Firstly, we have developed reading priority tags. This feature will enable users to add bespoke global tags, in line with their own collection development policies, to the materials on lists. This can help show material’s priority in a list so that end-users have greater clarity in the priority of readings. This is so that librarians can make informed purchasing decisions. For example, you could create the tags ‘Essential’, ‘Recommended’, and ‘Background’ to differentiate between a material’s importance within a list. You can add as many of these tags as you need for your institution. You can choose what to name them. Each tag can also be set with a book-to-user ratio to further aid in helping make purchasing decisions. Users can find this new feature under the main menu in the ’Acquisitions’ tab.

The latest feature we’ve developed is List Templates. These provide the ability for administrators to create multiple structured templates with different headings for the many types of list your institution might require. Once created, they will be available to all list creators and list editors when starting a new list. This new feature encourages but does not force, the use of a more organised list format that can improve usability for the reader.

The final development update for this month concerns sub-lists: smaller lists of materials that are nested under a main list heading. These are optional and offer the ability for users to neatly sub-categorise their lists. Adding even further flexibility in organizing a list.

What to know more?

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