Reading list service

The Inforum offers a Reading List Service to iSchool faculty members and adjuncts who teach courses at the University of Toronto.

student reading at a high table in the inforumWhat 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

Related information


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 or visit the website for workshop information.

Text books

U of T Bookstore provides textbook and custom publishing services.
Contact:  John Davis  |  416-640-5825  |  fax: 416-640-5336

(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.