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ReadingLists@Hull, 2020-2025: Essential Reading

Courses taught wholly online

There is no expectation that courses taught wholly online, such as Hull Online Programmes, will need to use print resources. Other than that exception, the definition of, and criteria for, Essential Reading applies.

Programmes that adapt a blended learning approach for Trimester 1, 2020-2021, should observe the Reading list policy and ensure a range of print and digital resources are available via the associated reading lists. The Scenarios outline the processes you may need to follow.

For information about how to create or manage your lists in ReadingLists@Hull, go to https://libguides.hull.ac.uk/readinglistsupport

Essential readings

Essential Readings form the basis for successful exploration and critical analysis of the subject matter and are critical in the development of students’ ability to understand, question and clearly communicate knowledge to a diverse audience and in so doing realize module and programme learning outcomes or competencies.

The following criteria also apply to Essential Readings:

  • Should be selected to progress our aim of decolonizing the curricula.
  • Must be available via the University Library in both digital and print formats to ensure fair and equal access for ALL students
  • The digital version must be available in an unrestricted format. See below and the ‘eBook access information’ page.

Any text not fulfilling all of these criteria can be used as Recommended or Background reading.

Considering the move to competence-based HE, where the ability to source select and assess the validity of information is integral to achieving programme competence, academic staff are encouraged to include fewer Essential readings at levels 5 and 6. The time scales for programme transformation suggests modules with this competence will not be delivered until 2021-2022.

What this means

Not all texts are published in both print and eBook formats. Consider how a mix of formats can be used to create a list of comparable/ equivalent/ complementary titles. In such a scenario, there is no expectation that students need to read all of the texts. Add clear directional notes into ReadingLists@Hull so your students can understand their reading options and your expectations. This can be done by adding notes into the ‘Description’ for each list section, or the ‘Note for students’ for each text.

N.B. An individual ‘Note for student’ alongside each title is most noticeable.

eBooks restricted to a single concurrent user cannot be used for Essential reading, and the Library will not purchase them for that purpose.

When you submit your order requests via ReadingLists@Hull, the Library will advise you if there are any issues of which you should be aware. Remember to 'Request review' as this is how the Library knows you have added requests to your lists.The earlier you submit requests, the more time there is to address any issues that arise.

eBooks restricted to a small number of concurrent users should be used with caution. They may be suitable for smaller cohorts. There is more information about the most common eBook licences on the ‘eBook access’ page.

The Library is working to make eBook licence information part of the results screen in Library Search. Go to 'More information' and check the 'Publisher' line.

If the Essential reading is a single chapter from a book, it may be possible to digitise it. See the Digitisation page for more information.

Remember: the Library cannot purchase Kindle eBooks.

Scenario 1. Create list – Essential readings – print and unrestricted eBook available in Library

  1. Check Library search to identify potential Essential reading(s)
  2. Title is available in print and eBook with unlimited concurrent users. If Not, go to Scenario 2
  3. Add eBook and print to ReadingLists@Hull. Use ‘Note for student’ to indicate your expectations and help students manage their reading
  4. When list is complete, Request review to alert Library to order requests

Scenario 2. Create list – Essential readings – print and restricted eBook available in Library

The policy aims to ensure all students can access Essential reading items. This may need a combination of formats and titles. For example, where a print title has no eBook version, an alternative and comparable eBook title can be used alongside the print. There is no expectation that students need to read all of the texts. Add clear directional notes into ReadingLists@Hull so your students can understand their reading options and your expectations. This can be done by adding notes into the ‘Description’ for each list section, or the ‘Note for students’ for each text.

  1. Check Library search to identify potential Essential reading(s)
  2. Title is print and restricted eBook. See eBook access page for details
  3. eBook is for 1 concurrent user this cannot be assigned as Essential reading. It might be suitable for Recommended or Background reading. Return to Step 1
  4. eBook is for restricted to between 2 and 10 concurrent users, or has a number of annual accesses. Use with caution. Consider whether the eBook is suitable for the size of your cohort and the reading purpose. 

    If it is, proceed to Step 5.

    If not, it might be suitable for Recommended or Background reading. Return to Step 1.

  5. Add eBook and print to ReadingLists@Hull. Use ‘Note for student’ to indicate your expectations and help students manage their reading
  6. When list is complete, Request review to alert Library to order requests.

Scenario 3. Create list – Essential readings – print available in Library, no eBook

  • Check Library search to identify potential Essential reading(s)
  • Title is available in the Library in print only
  • Add a ‘Note for Library’ to the title asking for eBook to be purchased
  • When list is complete, Request review to alert Library to order requests
  • The Library will contact you if there is no eBook available for HE, or if there are licence restrictions