A Course Reading List Win-Win-Win

Library Resources | May 16, 2018

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A winning course reading list tool can reduce workload for faculty, save students money and increase library usage.

You may be familiar with the sports term “hat trick”, a phrase popularized in hockey. For the lucky player, a hat trick is three goals in a game (which always drives the crowd wild). In a completely different world, the course reading list is a common way for faculty to organize pertinent course literature for students to access. So how are the two concepts connected? Well, a course reading list should accomplish goals of three parties involved: the faculty, the students and the library.

The Professor’s Goal

Very simply, the faculty member’s goal is to teach and educate the students, but on a deeper level, the professor has a few responsibilities to the students. One is to present a variety of content, thoughts and ideas through comprehensive reading materials in the subject area of study. Second, the professor must aggregate and communicate all this vast material through a centralized location that is also easily accessible — the course reading list.  When it comes to building a course reading list, professors are often tasked with a great undertaking of selecting and evaluating the content. To help select content, the library staff can ease the professor’s workload by providing a user-friendly course reading list tool, which easily integrates into the school’s learning management system (LMS), connects the professor directly to the library resources within the LMS and allows the professor to easily build, edit and publish lists. The win for the professor? More time to focus on education and less time on searching for the right materials.

Students on average spend approximately $579 dollars on required course materials. Helping to cut costs for students is a big advantage for the library and one way to facilitate this is through the course reading list.

The Student’s Goal

Of course, the primary goal of students should always be to succeed at their education. But often, money can be a major blocker to students achieving their goals. Students on average spend approximately $579 dollars on required course materials. Helping to cut costs for students is a big advantage for the library and one way to facilitate is through the course reading list. If students are able to access free content and materials required of their class through the library, they will begin to see the library as their money saving “hero”.

The Library’s Goal

You want your library resources to be used and to do that, you must appeal to your users (those being the students and faculty). Providing easy ways to connect these parties to your resources increases library usage, but you also need insight into how your resources are used and in what ways. A multi-dimensional course reading list tool gives you the ability to review statistics, including which of your institutions’ courses and educators are using this tool and how many library resources are included.

With the right course reading list tool, you can reduce the workload for faculty, save students money and increase the usage of your library. But first, you need to find a course reading list tool. Recently, members of the CCL-EAR Committee were asked to write a review of EBSCO’s course reading list tool, Curriculum Builder. This review examined the content, interface, cost, accessibility and support of Curriculum Builder. The committee awarded Curriculum Builder four out of five stars. Read the details of the review and learn how you can create a win-win-win  for you and your users

Read the Review

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