Published: 22 August 2013

New system to improve availability of books in the library

Books in the Sydney Jones Library

You told us:

In the National Student Survey you told us that not enough of the books on reading lists are readily available in the library.

What we did:

The University Library is introducing a new system for managing reading lists called Reading Lists @ Liverpool, which will help us to provide more of the right books in the library.

When the system is launched in September 2013 it will ensure that:

  • Books on reading lists are in stock in the library in appropriate numbers.
  • Students can link straight through from their module in VITAL to the resources they need.
  • Lecturers can recommend different types of material including websites and videos rather than just books.
  • Lists can be easily updated at any time and annotated to direct the students learning.
  • Lecturers can get feedback on how their recommendations are being used by their students.

 “We want students to have the best possible experience of the library and we expect the Reading Lists @ Liverpool to bring benefits to students, academics and the library. The system will maximise use of our resources and make sure that students can gain easy, timely access to the materials they need. It will also give lecturers more flexibility and control over recommended reading, enabling the signposting of student learning – Phil Sykes, University Librarian

Have your say:

What has your experience been of books in the library? Do you think the new system will ease the pressure on demand for popular course books?

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