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Online reading lists (Talis Aspire) for Academic Staff

6 steps to create a reading list

Log in to Reading Lists

Click on the log in button below or go to and select 'Log In' from the tabs under the Reading List heading. Enter your university email address and password.

Log in to Reading Lists

Add the Bookmarking Extension to your browser

Click on the 'My Bookmarks' tab and then 'Install Bookmarking Extension'.  Follow the instructions on the screen to add the bookmarking extension to your preferred browser. 

Click here for information on installing the Bookmarking Extension

Check for an existing reading list

Check if a reading list already exists for your module by searching for the module title or code on Talis Aspire. 

If a list does exist, edit this list rather than creating a new one or making a copy of it. If you do not have the rights to edit the existing list, please contact your Academic Subject Librarian, who can assign you as list owner and give you editing rights.

If a list doesn't already exist, proceed to Step 4 - Creating a reading list.

Create a reading list

Click on 'My Lists' and then the 'Create new list' button. Enter the module name and code, and select the time period to get started.

Add an item to your reading list

Search the library website (or a publisher's website/Amazon if it is not in the library's collection).  From the item record click on your browser's Extension button and select the 'Talis Aspire Reading List Bookmarking Extension' (see Step 2).

Submit your list for review

Click on the 'Request review' button. The library will check availability, the links and link the list to the relevant module in Blackboard/Canvas.

Find out more about the review process

Creating a list

Check for an existing reading list

Before you create a new list it is important to see if a list already exists for your module. You can do this by searching for the module name or code in the search box on the Talis Aspire homepage. If a list does already exist, edit this one rather than copying it or creating a new list for the module. If you are unable to edit the existing list, please contact your Academic Subject Librarian for editing rights.

Before you create a list we recommend you learn about bookmarking sources

Once you have a few sources saved to add to your reading list, you are ready to start creating or editing a reading list. Items that are saved in your My Bookmarks area are available to add to any list in the future.

Create a new list

To create a new list select 'My Lists' from the navigation bar, then the 'Create new list' button.

Screenshot of Creating a new list screen

For more information on how to fill out the list details, click on the options below:

We have a naming convention for list names which include the module name and module code in brackets:

Example reading list title: Research Skills 3 (PRD3004M)

If a list is not connected to a module it does not need to follow naming conventions. For example, a list of reading recommendations for a book group or material promoted as part of an event.

This field is not mandatory but can be used to add information about the list, add collaborators names or simply give some overview guidance on using the list.

The hierarchy allows us to link the reading list to a specific module on Blackboard once the list is published. Search and select the relevant module code from the results.

When searching for the module, if no results are returned, the most likely reason is that the module code has not been added centrally. This is often the case with new modules and newly validated programmes. Contact your Academic Subject Librarian, who will be able to organise adding the module details.

Select a time period. This allows us to associate the list with the correct module in Blackboard, and enables a student to see they are working from the latest version of a reading list. For each teaching period, your list will be copied to a new version for you by the centralised rollover process. This is to ensure the right list appears in the correct version of the module in Blackboard. This also makes sure that any digitised item will be viewable by that cohort of students.

If at the point of list creation the student numbers are unknown or unconfirmed, this field can be left blank and completed at a later date. Accurate student figures help the University of Lincoln Library understand the potential demand for an item and help with decisions on electronic sourcing. Because the Library also accesses the Talis Aspire Digitised Content, this provides the student numbers used when reporting to the Copyright Licensing Agency.