Engaging designs

The following three modules all had high usage statistic last year and show a range of approaches to designing your reading list, increased annotation of lists is one of our key targets this year, have a look at these lists and see what you think.

Education Policy and Context 0-18

Theory Supporting Practice

The Making of Modern Britain, 1780-1918

Further details on Best Practice can be found on the RLO Staff Guide

RLO workshop and Library Update

Just a quick note to let you know of the RLO  and Summer Update workshop that is running in September.

RLO

  • create lists, add to lists and copy lists – Bookmarking at SHU
  • divide lists into subsections
  • mark items as essential
  •  request a review so that the library obtains the materials you need
  • attach your list to your Blackboard module
  • locate the online help with requesting digitised items

Summer updates

  • Library Search
  • Help with Referencing
  • Subject guide

If you want to attend this workshop or arrange an alternative time please contact your Subject Librarian.

Tuesday 12th September 2017 3 – 4 pm Collegiate Library, C106

Rollover

Thanks to DylanRoll over of lists from 2016/2017 to 2017/2018 will be happening next week Wednesday 31st May before the Blackboard rollover. All the current year’s published lists will be copied over to the new academic year.

Please note that as this year’s Blackboard rollover will also assign new codes to modules, the new 2017/2018 lists in RLO will not link correctly until they are mapped to the changed codes. We will be working with our suppliers to complete this work over the following weeks.

New feature – Quick add book

rloquickaddRLO has a new feature which makes adding a bookmark to a book very quick and easy.

On the My Bookmarks page, go to Add > Quick add book. This will open a pop-up window where you can search for a book by ISBN, title or author.

It will search for matching items and show if they are available in the library and whether they are already on a reading list online.

When you find the book you want, click on Select and the item will be added to your bookmarks.

RLO staff training workshops for December

The library is running some Reading Lists Online staff training workshops.  These are open to staff who are new to the RLO system and those of you who need a refresher.

You will learn how to

  • login to RLO
  • create bookmarks
  • create lists, add to lists and copy lists
  • divide lists into subsections
  • mark items as essential
  • request a review so that the library obtains the materials you need
  • attach your list to your Blackboard module
  • locate the online help with requesting digitised items
6th December 2016 12-1pm Adsetts Library – 6624
8th December 2016 1-2pm Collegiate Library – C106
12th December 2016 2-3pm Collegiate Library – C106
15th December 2016 11-12pm Adsetts Library – 6624

Further sessions will be arranged and advertised in January.  Contact your Support Librarian if you would like to attend any of the sessions.

Bookmark to RLO tool added to staff browsers

A Bookmark to RLO link has now been added to the browsers on the Staff Managed Desktop. This means you no longer have to install the bookmark button yourself on a SHU PC.

In Internet Explorer you will find the link under Favorites.IErlobookmark

In Chrome it is in the Managed Bookmarks > Staff folder that is on the Bookmarks bar.

Chromerlobookmark

Final and crucial stages of RLO publishing

The final, but crucial stages to preparing your Reading List Online, are

  • to send it to Review so that we can make sure we have the resources in stock

review

  • to attached the RLO to your Blackboard module.  Our statistics show us that a high percentage of lists exist that aren’t attached in Blackboard meaning the students aren’t likely to find them.  

More information on both these tasks, plus a few added extras are on the Publishing & linking to Bb tab of the RLO Guide for academic staff.

If you need any further help with the list please contact your Subject Support Librarian.

Making more of your list

Here is an example of a list in Development and Society where they have used RLO design features to engage with the students.

rloegEducation Policy and Context 0-18 BA (Hons) Childhood Studies
77-4754-00S

  • The structure mirrors the module design by using week numbers
  • Essential items are identified and individual notes are included on the different resources to explain why they are useful.

You can find out more about developing your list on the RLO guide for academic staff

 

RLO training sessions for academic staff

Following on from the success of the workshops already run this summer, the library is running some additional Reading Lists Online staff training sessions.  These are open to staff who are new to the RLO system and those of you who need a refresher.

You will learn how to do the following

  • Create lists, add to lists and copy lists
  • Divide lists into subsections and annotate resources
  • Request a review so that the library obtains the materials you need
  • Attach your list to your Blackboard module

If you are interested in attending any of the session below please contact your Learning and Teaching Support Librarian.

11th August 2016 2-3pm Adsetts   Library, Level 6,  6624
15th August 2016 1-2pm Collegiate Library, C106
8th September 2016 2-3pm Adsetts  Library, Level 6, 6624
13th September 2016 12-1pm Collegiate Library, C106

In addition, online help can be found at the RLO Guide for academic staff.

It’s important that you create your profile

The user profile area allows you to tell the system who you are, what kind of user you are (i.e. a lecturer, a researcher etc.) and to associate an email address which can be used for notifications.

More importantly, you need to create your profile before you can make yourself the owner of a list.

When you log into RLO, click on the link to Create a Profile and complete the form.

RLOcreateProfile2When viewed publicly your profile only displays limited information to other users and does not display your private information or data.

If your a profile is not set as public, then it will only be visible to logged-in Administrative users.