We’re planning to roll out some improvements to the interface this summer, which will include converting the reading lists to HTML5 and improving support for mobile devices via progressive enhancement.
On a desktop browser or large screen mobile device (e.g. an iPad), a reading list might look like this:
…whilst the same list on a smaller device (e.g. an iPhone) will optimise itself for a narrow screen width by hiding icons and book cover images:
As well as the improvements to the interface, we’ve also been optimising the back-end MyReading code to improve performance, particularly for larger lists (200+ items).
If all goes well, we’re aiming to roll out the new interface in early July.
Under the current terms of the CLA Licence, we’re required to review all digitised extracts on reading lists on an annual basis. These are typically PDF scans of book chapters and journal articles that we don’t otherwise have online access to.
We’ll shortly be sending out an automated email to all academics who have a reading list with digitised extracts and you’ll need to declare which items are going to be reused in the next academic year (2012/13). As we’re anticipating that most of you will want to reuse all the extracts on your reading lists, we’ve set up a simple process to allow you to do that. You can also easily select which items will no longer be required and these will be automatically removed on July 31st.
The important thing to note is that if you don’t carry out the review process, the extracts on your reading lists will be automatically removed on July 31st and they won’t be available to the 2012/13 students.
If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch!