The Inforum offers a Reading List Service to iSchool faculty members and adjuncts who teach courses at the University of Toronto.
What is the Reading List Service?
Inforum staff members work with course reading lists to ensure that:
- Readings are accessible to students via the Inforum Course Reserves collection, in other UTL libraries, or online
- Scanned readings are made available in Blackboard, either through an Inforum eReserves folder, or through LOCR (Library Online Course Reserves)
- Stable links to articles are inserted in the reading list
- Call numbers and links to catalogue records are included in the list, so students can quickly check on availability
- Canadian copyright provisions and existing U of T licensing agreements are respected
- Instead of spending time searching, students have more time to read
- Provision of stable links to online material -- no more frustration due to broken links!
- Instructors are made aware of what material is available through the Inforum, and other UTL libraries
- Instructors spend less time making course readings available for their students
- Reading lists help the Inforum with collection development -- a collection that is built for the whole iSchool community
How it works
- iSchool instructors provide Anna Oh, Course Support & Public Services Technician, with their course syllabi/reading list(s) for review
- Reading lists are reviewed in the order in which they are received
- Inforum books, as well as instructors' personal copies if required, are placed in our Course Reserves collection (1)
- We check for newer editions of books, and forward new title recommendations to Elisa Sze, Collections Librarian, for acquisition consideration (2)
- We add stable links to licensed UTL e-resources, e.g. fulltext articles, e-books
- We add call numbers and links to catalogue records for Inforum (and other UTL libraries') books, DVDs, etc.
- We scan articles or book chapters within copyright limits, and upload them to Blackboard's eReserve folders, or LOCR
- We can also photocopy material for course binders, which can be borrowed for 2 hours or 2 days from the Inforum
- We can connect you with UTL's Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office if you need permission to make available copyrighted content beyond U of T's Fair Dealing guidelines
Blackboard is the learning management system used by U of T. Workshops on how to set up a Blackboard site for a course are available through the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation (CTSI). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website for workshop information.
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(1) Due to limited shelf space, we may not put print items in Course Reserves if the material is available online or scanned into Blackboard/LOCR.
(2) Please allow a 4 week period for orders to be filled.