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The Rise of the Reading List Systems in Higher Education

Reading list systems have always been a fundamental aspect of teaching and a useful learning tool. With the development of digital materials, there has been a reconsideration around reading lists which require more efficient practices.

Library-centric list solutions have increased over the years in many universities in the UK, Australia and in New Zealand, where around 70 per cent of libraries in higher education have adopted this solution.

Therefore, a common question among many people is: What are the motivations for adopting a reading list solution?

Firstly, the conformance to copyright regulations is one of the main motivations for adopting a centralised library-centric reading list solution.

Secondly, another reason is digital development. The copyright management of digitised resources on reading lists permits libraries to access digital materials and improve accessibility for students and academics.

Thirdly, developing a reading list solution is a strategic action to improve students’ satisfaction and outcomes.

At this point, who will benefit from this adoption?

The adoption of a centralised reading list system will bring benefits to students, academics, librarians and the library supply chain.

In this marketised world, students are seen as customers whose needs have to be satisfied. Therefore, the adoption of reading list systems is seen as a university service which leads to increased student satisfaction. As well as this, considering the student experience and workflow, the integration of reading lists with the learning management system (LMS) is very important. The LMS is the online place where students interact with lecturers and other students. Therefore, this integration will give students convenient access to resources.

Furthermore, academics benefit from this adoption as lecturers are able to communicate with the library and decide what resources they provide for their courses. Additionally, the adoption of reading lists increases student engagement with the content.

The implementation of reading list systems is a smart solution for librarians as they will be able to communicate and cooperate efficiently with academics. As well as this, the system has a valuable impact on library workflows.

Finally, library suppliers will also take advantage of these systems as knowing what print and electronic content will go on reading lists will have repercussions on the stock of the books, as well as on the response to the customer’s demand.


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