About

Through a single point of access, Reading Lists in UM Learn allows instructors to:

  • request library material for a course (digitized material or print course reserves).
  • add resources, including content from the Libraries’ collection, websites, videos, lecture slides, and more.
  • share all course materials with students in one place.

Instructors and students access Reading Lists by logging in to UM Learn.

Read more about the benefits of Reading Lists for instructors and students

Benefits for Faculty and Instructors Benefits for Students
  • Single point of access to all library resources. Able to search and link to all resources within the Libraries' collection and request material for your course (digitized material or print course reserves).
  • Simple to use. Adding, modifying and deleting individual readings and lists is easy to do and takes very little time.
  • One-step process to add online resources outside the library's collection. The "Cite It" browser extension can be used to quickly add web resources.
  • Keeps information organized. Features such as Sections and Tags allow instructors to add specific notes, such as whether readings are required or relate to certain themes.
  • Ability to reuse content. Once created, a Reading List can be saved and reused in future courses.
  • All course materials are available in one place. This may include items such as: course syllabi/assignment guidelines, lecture slides, websites, videos, images and library resources.
  • Content is easy to access. Reading Lists include direct links to all library materials, web resources and the option to upload files.
  • Students can find what they need when they need it. Students will no longer have problems trying to locate course resources independently, since everything is organized in UM Learn.

 

Getting started

There are 6 important steps when creating a new Reading List from start to finish:

  1. Add the Reading Lists tool to a UM Learn course.
  2. Create a new Reading List and associate it with your course.
  3. Create a new Section.
  4. Add resources:
    • Link directly to all resources in the Libraries’ collection and add online resources outside the Libraries’ collection.
    • Make a library Digitization Request.
    • Place print library materials on reserve
    • Upload your own files.
  5. Send your list for Library Review.
  6. Publish your list for students to see.

Get help with Reading Lists

Need help with reading lists? Librarians and support staff are here to help you get started with Reading Lists.

For questions about Reading Lists, course reserves or technical support, contact ReadingListsandReserves@umanitoba.ca.

To discuss how Reading Lists can work for you or for help finding course materials, contact your subject librarian.

Check out all our Help Resources

Step 1- Add the Reading Lists tool

Requires 1 minute of time.

Before you can begin adding and organizing readings, you will need to add the Reading Lists tool to a course in UM Learn.

If you would like to use this tool in multiple courses, remember to add it to each one.

  1. Login to UM Learn and select the course where you would like to add your reading list. Click on this waffle icon to begin creating reading lists in UM Learn.
    Click on this waffle icon to begin creating reading lists in UM learn.
  2. In your UM Learn course, click on the Content tab (2a) from the top. Under Add a module (2b) create a new module for course readings. In this example, the new module will be called “Course Readings” (2c).
    Table of contents
  3. In the Course Reading List module, click on Existing Activities (3a) and select External Learning Tools (3b).
    Course readings.
  4. In External Learning Tools, scroll down and select Reading Lists. The Reading Lists icon will show up in your module. Click on Reading Lists (in blue) to create and view your reading lists.
    Scroll down to find reading lists.

Help and resources

Step 2 - Create a new Reading List and associate it with your course

Requires 3 minutes of time.

​Once Reading Lists has been added to your UM Learn course, you will need to create a new List.

  1. Click on the Reading Lists (in blue) to open the tool. On the landing page, click CREATE IT.
    1. If you’ve already created a list, you can click + NEW LIST in the top right corner from your Lists page.
    2. Note: Existing lists can be re-used. See Use the same Reading List in another course or term.
  2. Enter a Title for your list (required), a description (optional), then click Create.
  3. Select a template for your reading list.
  4. A blue “Associate to a course” box will appear at the top of your list. Click ASSOCIATE LIST.
    1. Start typing your course name in the search box or select from the list. If your course does not show up, contact ReadingListsandReserves@umanitoba.ca for help.
    2. Click Associate and Close.

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Step 3 - Create a new section

This step is optional

Within a new Reading List, your items will be placed within different Sections. You may choose to have one section for each week of the term or create Sections to represent different themes in your course.

If you don’t want to use Sections to organize readings, everything you add will appear under the heading “Resources.”

  1. Select NEW SECTION from the tool bar at the top of your reading list.
  2. Enter a Title for your section (required), description (optional), and date range for which the section applies (optional).
  3. To edit a section, click the “...” in the top right corner of the section, then select Edit section.

Help and resources

Step 4 - Add resources

Using Reading Lists, instructors can: 

  • Link directly to all resources in the Libraries' collection and add online resources outside the Libraries' collection
  • Make a library Digitization Request
  • Place print library materials on reserve
  • Upload their own files

While it is most beneficial to have a Reading List prepared at the beginning of the term, instructors can create and work on Reading Lists for the current term at any time. You can continue to add resources and edit your lists after they are published.

Detailed instructions are available below:

Make a digitization request

Not using Reading Lists in UM Learn? Instructors can still make digitization requests using the Scan on Demand service. Please add "Course reading" in the comments field. You will need to manually upload the scanned material to UM Learn. 

Instructors can request a digitized copy of a portion of a book (chapter or 10% or less of a work) or article through Reading Lists in UM Learn.

This service is for print library items only. If you would like electronic access to an entire book rather than a chapter, please contact your subject librarian for assistance.

If you own a copy of an item that the Libraries do not hold and wish to have a portion digitized for your course, please contact ReadingListsandReserves@umanitoba.ca.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE: Please observe the UM Copyright Guidelines when making digitization requests. We will digitize what we can within fair dealing (chapter or 10% or less of a work).

  1. Add the item (i.e. book) to your Reading List using the Library Search feature or "Cite It" browser extension.
  2. Select the item to see its full record.
  3. Scroll down and select Digitization Request.
    Scroll down to select "Digitization Request."
  4. Fill in the form. Be sure to specify the correct pages for the chapter you need.
  5. Click Submit. Your request is now in process (Status: "Sent"). You can continue to work on your list or publish it for your students to see. If there are problems with the digitization request, the Libraries will contact you directly.
  6. Your requested material will automatically be added to your reading list once it's digitized. At this time, the item status will change to "Complete" and you will receive a notification via email and in the Reading Lists notifications. If you haven’t already, publish your list to allow students to access the material, or publish it later when you’re ready.

Processing time

Digitization requests for book chapters or articles are typically filled within 5-7 business days. Requests are filled in the order which they are received. Please note that some requests may require copyright review. If there are any problems with the digitization request, the Libraries will contact you directly. Instructors can make digitization requests throughout the term. You can submit digitization requests prior to publishing or after your list has been published.

Help and resources

Link to resources from the Libraries’ collection

  1. Select the ADD ITEMS + button from the tool bar at the top of your reading list.
  2. Click Library Search.
  3. Enter your search criteria. You can use filters and the Advanced Search to help you find what you need.
    TIP: If you already have your readings collected in another document, just copy and paste in a title.
  4. View your search results. Results include information about the resource’s format and its availability (e.g. Full text available, Open Access).
  5. Drag and drop to add a resource to your list. Items available online will immediately be marked "Complete" and will include a link to the resource. Physical items will be marked "Being Prepared and show the library where the book is physically available at."

    NOTE: Adding a physical library item to your list will not automatically place the material on reserve for your course. A request must be created. See Place print materials on reserve for instructions.

Help and resources

Add online resources using “Cite It”

The "Cite It" browser extension makes it easy to link to online items not found in the Library Search. These may include YouTube videos, websites, government reports/documents and more. You can also use Cite It to add items from the Libraries Collection.

  1. Click the icon with your initials in the top right corner of the Reading Lists tool and select Cite It!
  2. Drag and drop the CITE IT! Link to your browser’s bookmarks bar.
  3. You are now ready to add online resources:
    1. Go to the webpage containing the resource you wish to add.
    2. Click the Cite It! button in your bookmarks bar.
    3. In the pop-up window, fill in or edit any of the citation information.
    4. Select the list you want to add the resource to from the drop-down list.
    5. Click Add & Close.

TIP: Cite it! will tell you if the resource is covered by your library at the top of the pop-up window. Look for the green flag!

Help and resources

Place print materials on reserve

Requests for print course reserves for the Summer 2022 term can be submitted starting Monday, May 2.

Print course reserves are available for courses being taught in-person or in hybrid format. For online courses, please consider electronic alternatives to ensure equitable access.

Items can be placed on reserve in course reserve kiosks at Drake Centre, Education Building, Engineering & Information Technology Complex (EITC 3), Agriculture Building, Sciences & Technology Library, St. Paul's College, and Law Library; and at the service desks in Architecture/Fine Arts, Dafoe, Music, Health Sciences Libraries.

Print reserve requests

The purpose of the reserve collection is to maintain course-related materials expected to be in high demand for a specified period, and to provide equitable access to those materials. Wherever possible, the Libraries will encourages making electronic versions of material available rather than print formats.

Processing time

Up to five working days will be required for processing reserve requests. Requests will be processed in the order received.

Alternatives to print library materials

  1. We will try to obtain a digital version of the item, wherever possible. Please contact your subject librarian for assistance. Note that if a digital version is available, the turnaround time for purchase is 7-10 days.
  2. Click the Make a digitization request tab above to request a chapter or portion of a print book.
  3. Consider adopting an open educational resource (OER), for example an open textbook. Please contact your subject librarian for assistance with OERs or visit our OER Guide.

Not using Reading Lists in UM Learn? You can still use the Online Reserve Request form to submit requests.


Follow these steps for Library Materials

  1. Add the item (i.e. book) to your Reading List using the Library Search feature or "Cite It" browser extension.
  2. Click the Add Tag button beside the item that you would like to request be placed on reserve. Select the tag for the loan period required:
    • REQUEST – Place on course reserve (1 hour)
    • REQUEST – Place on course reserve (2 hours)
    • REQUEST – Place on course reserve (1 day)
    • REQUEST – Place on course reserve (3 days)
      Note that you can add print items to your list that you do not need on reserve. Just leave the item untagged.
  3. By default, the item will be placed on reserve at the library where it is currently available. To request an alternate location, other loan period, or ask a question about the item:
    1. Click the item to open the item details
    2. Click Library Discussion in the right panel
    3. Enter your comment then click Submit Comment.
    4. When library staff respond, you will receive a notification.
  4. Send your list for Library Review by clicking the Library Review button on the tool bar at the top of your reading list.

IMPORTANT: You must send your list for Library Review in order for your request to be received and processed. If you do not click Library Review, the Libraries cannot be held responsible for materials that are not placed on reserve.

Follow these steps to submit your own materials for reserve

Instructors are normally expected to supply packaging and labelling as necessary for the proper storage and control of reserve materials.

  1. Select the ADD ITEMS + button from the tool bar at the top of your reading list.
  2. Click Blank Form.
  3. Enter as much information about the item as possible. The Title and Type are required. Click Add & Close.
  4. Click the Add Tag button beside the citation you just created. Select the tag for the loan period required:
    • Instructor Copy (1 hour) - Bring to Library
    • Instructor Copy (1 hour) - Bring to Library
    • Instructor Copy (1 hour) - Bring to Library
    • Instructor Copy (1 hour) - Bring to Library
  5. Send your list for Library Review by clicking the Library Review button on the tool bar at the top of your reading list.

  6. Prepare your item:
    1. Mark the item with your Name and the Course Code
    2. Prepare packaging and labelling as necessary
  7. Drop your item(s) off at the Service Desk of the library location where you wish the material to be available. If the location’s service desk is not open, contact the library.

IMPORTANT: You must send your list for Library Review in order for your request to be received and processed. If you do not click Library Review, the Libraries can not be held responsible for materials that are not placed on reserve.

Help and resources

    Step 5 - Send your list for library review

    Required for Print Reserves only

    If you requested any print materials (Library or your own materials) to be placed on reserve, you MUST send your list for Library Review in order for your request to be received and processed.

    If your list contains online resources only, you do not need to send your list for review. Instructors are not required to submit their reading lists to the Libraries.

    1. Click the LIBRARY REVIEW button located on the tool bar at the top of your reading list.
      A green check mark will appear and the button will be greyed out showing LIST SENT.
    2. You can continue to work on your list and add additional items after the list has been sent.
    3. If you wish to request additional items for reserve, you will need to resend your list for Library Review.
    4. You will receive a notification when library staff have completed processing your items. The item status will change to Complete and your REQUEST or Bring to library tag will be replaced with an “On Reserve (time period)” tag which will be visible to students.

    Help and resources

    Step 6 - Publish your lists for students to see

    Requires one click

    When you're working on a list, it is in "Draft" mode, and it's not available to students. Publishing your list is required to make the list contents visible to students.

    You can publish your list at any time, as long as you’re ready for students to see it. Any changes made after publishing will immediately be visible to students.

    If you publish before the library has completed your digitization request or processing your print reserve requests, some of the items will be unavailable until the library completes their work.

    1. When you’re ready to make your list available click the PUBLISH button in the tool bar at the top of your list.

    Help and resources

    Help and resources

    Reading Lists help videos

    The Reading Lists videos below refer to the tool by its original name (Leganto) and use the Canvas LMS in their examples. However, all instructions will work similarly within the UM Learn environment.

    • Create a Reading List
      Learn how to create a new reading list for your class. 
      YouTube Video - 1:30
    • Add readings from the Libraries' collections
      Use Library Search to look for your course readings in the Libraries' collections and add them directly to your reading list.  
      YouTube Video - 2:50
    • Add your own resources to a Reading List
      Find out how to upload copies of your own resources to a reading list. 
      YouTube Video - 1:05
    • Add online resources using "Cite It"
      The "Cite It" bookmarklet is simple to install and makes it very easy to add online materials such as a video or a website to your reading list. 
      YouTube Video - 3:45
    • Edit your Reading Lists
      Find out how to edit your reading list, add due dates, notes, tags, and make corrections to citation information.
      YouTube Video - 3:00
    • Publish your Reading Lists
      Learn how to publish your Reading Lists for students to see. Once a reading list is published, its resources are immediately available to students in the course. 
      YouTube Video - 2:20

    Frequently asked questions

    A list of all the FAQs for Instructors is available here and will be updated regularly. You can also explore questions by topic below.

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    Instructions for students

    Instructions for students can be found here.

    Contact us

    If you have any questions about using Reading Lists in UM Learn for course reserves, please get in touch with us at ReadingListsandReserves@umanitoba.ca.