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Scanned readings and online reading lists

Learn about the services we provide to support staff with their teaching.

Creating reading lists

We support the Reading Lists @ LSE system: a collaborative tool for academics, students and the Library. Academic staff create their readings lists online and send them to the Library for review.

The benefits of using this system are: 

  • you can link to any type of resource
  • you can share the lists and embed sections into Moodle
  • we will train and provide you with ongoing support
  • students can check book availability and access online readings in one place
  • we can cross-reference lists and buy enough books for everyone

Once you have created a list and sent it to us for review we use it to make sure we have all the books and scanned readings you need for your students. 

To begin editing or creating your reading list you should contact your Librarian. You can also read our how-to manual for Reading Lists @ LSE [PDF].

Reading list acquisitions

Due to the impact of COVID-19, we have had to make some changes to the way we buy books. We are working this year to support the Curriculum Shift, providing Reading List content electronically, wherever possible, for all courses. Once the material has been purchased and made available, we will automatically update the links on your reading list.

We are doing so holistically across the whole system, rather than in response to review requests for individual lists, so more items may be linked to your list in the coming weeks. Please continue to edit and add to your reading list as normal, and we will check and acquire new Ebooks and chapters as the bookmarks are added to your list, if available in electronic format. Items tagged as "Essential" on reading lists will be prioritised over those tagged as "Background" or with no importance.

For any scanning / chapter requests that we cannot supply via remote methods, these will be held in a queue. We will attempt to provide these over the coming months as the on-campus Library service reopens in a safe and controlled manner, and staff regain access to the physical collections. Under the current circumstances, we are unable to order print material, therefore we will not be ordering new or additional Course Collection copies, or new background items for the Main Collection during 2020/21. This remains under review as the situation changes and services begin to open up. Please contact your departmental librarian for any support you require.

To request books for the Course Collection, please add the book to a Reading Lists @ LSE list and mark the importance of the book as 'Essential' reading. You can read about how to add books to your reading list in the Reading Lists @ LSE manual [PDF].

Books that are marked as 'Background' readings are purchased if we do not yet have a copy in the Main Collection. 

Library staff working for you

We also purchase improved licences of electronic texts when they become available. This is to provide seamless access and a better user experience for students.

Content providers regularly change technical settings, leading to broken links. The Library fixes these links on Reading Lists @ LSE in the background. This means academic staff do not have to perform housekeeping and link checking work with their reading lists. The Library works on behalf of the departments to ensure constant access to resources for students.

Scanned readings for your students

If you’re teaching an LSE course you can make use of our scanned readings service in order to provide your students with electronic versions of important readings. The benefit of doing this is that all your students will be able to access their readings, with no limitations or problems with availability. 

Scanned readings are sourced and delivered by Library staff through Reading Lists @ LSE. All you need to do is add a "Chapter" item on to your reading list. We will do the rest - clear licencing issues, produce the digital version and add the link for you on to your reading list. This ensures that any scanned material you are providing to your students is copyright compliant.

If you need assistance in adding a "Chapter" item to your reading list, you should contact your Librarian. You can also read about how to do this in the Reading Lists @ LSE manual [PDF].

Commonly asked questions about scanned readings

How do I request a scanned reading for an extract or chapter from a book? 

All you need to do is add a new "Chapter" item to your reading list on Reading Lists @ LSE. If you do this then we will automatically create a scanned reading for you, and then put the link on your reading list for you. You do not need to send an email request when you do this. 

How do I add a Chapter reference to my reading list? 

For detailed instructions, see Section 2, Activity 4 of the Reading Lists @ LSE manual [PDF], or contact your Librarian.

All you need to do is generate a bookmark as usual for the book containing the chapter, but Add the field "Has Part", and change the Material Type of the bookmark to a Chapter. Then add in the details of the chapter number, title or page range that you want scanned. 

What can be scanned?

Most readings covered by the School's copyright licence can be scanned on your behalf. The licence allows us to scan up to a maximum of one chapter from a book, one article from a journal issue, or no more than 10% of a published work (whichever is the greater). 

In all cases we will check the copyright for you. What can and can't be scanned is governed by the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) HE License. Please do not assume any reading can be scanned. 

Your own publications also need copyright clearance unless you have a specific agreement in your published contract that allows an item to be used in electronic format for your teaching. 

How much of a book can be scanned? 

We can scan a single chapter from a book, or extracts up to 10% of the book, whichever is greater.  

Do I need to send an email? 

No. We will scan the new Chapter item, and add the link to your reading list for you. We will contact you only if there is any issue providing the scan. 

What if I want an extract scanned, rather than a chapter? 

Add a Chapter item on to your reading list and include the exact page numbers of the start and end of the Extract that you want your students to read. We will treat it in the same manner as a Chapter and scan it for you. See the Reading Lists @ LSE manual [PDF] for guidance on how to do this. 

Will I receive and email back with the scan URL when it has been completed? 

No. We will populate your reading list with the link for the scanned reading PDF for you. We will only contact you if there is a problem. 

Do I need to renew the copyright clearance on my scans?

No. Copyright clearance will be automatically renewed for you at the start of August for the new academic year session. You do not need to request a renewal for a new academic year. 

What if I have listed multiple chapters from the same book on my reading list? 

We will prioritise those chapters marked as Essential on your list. We will scan as much as is permitted under the CLA license. If you have added multiple chapters as Essential, we will not scan unless you indicate in the reading list which ones you want to scan. You can do this by entering in the Library Note field, or by entering the text "Please scan" in the Chapter title field. We will get in contact if we need any clarification. 

How do I know if I can scan a particular book or article? 

We're bound by the terms of our Copyright Licensing Agency license. You can check whether the item you want scanned is covered under the license by checking the ISBN on the site. Bear in mind you may only scan a maximum of 10% from a book for your course. 

What if I add a Book onto my list, but put the Chapter information in the Student Note field? 

This will not be picked up for an automatic scan. You need to categorise your reading list item with the Material Type as Chapter for it to be automatically scanned. 

What if I don't actively use Reading Lists @ LSE for my course? 

Please contact your Librarian for assistance so you can use Reading Lists @ LSE for your course. Even if you do not want to use it for teaching, we still need the data in the system to make the right level of book acquisitions for your course. You can also use it to request and collect the URLs for your scans, if you then wish to use them elsewhere. 

Deadlines for Michaelmas term and Lent term

There is a very high volume of requests for teaching content in advance of term start dates. In order for us to ensure delivery of your content for the first day of term, you should have edited your list and requested a review four weeks before the first day of term. The Library will continue to acquire content after that, but finalising your reading list early will help to ensure your content is ready on time for the students.