Modules with no required reading

We currently have around 1,000 modules on MyReading that are (according to ASIS) active during 2011/12 but that have no reading list.

Ideally, we’d like to try and identify which are modules that have no required reading, so that they can be excluded from reports generated by the system.

If you’d like to flag a module as having no required reading, either send an email to with the details or update the status of the list yourself by selecting “list options”…

…then select “this module does not require a reading list” from the drop-down list and click on the “submit” button…

…and the reading list will now display the following to students…

update (Oct/2012)

With the new MyReading interface, the “list options” is accessed from the toolbar at the top of the page:

MyReading accounts

In anticipation of the training sessions for MyReading, which will start this month, we’ve now enabled all user accounts in the software.

The net result should be that any modules you are attached to in UniLearn will now be editable once you’ve logged in…

…and import options will appear within Summon (more info)…

Integration with Summon

For those of you who’ve added journal articles to MyReading from Summon, the recent upgrade has thrown a tiny spanner in the works — the new “Direct Linking” feature links directly from Summon to the article, and bypasses the link resolver page which has the “add this to MyReading” link.

So, I’ve decided to bring forward something that I’ve had on the development back burner for a few months now…

Adding Items Directly from Summon

This is currently being beta-tested, so you won’t necessarily see it when you use Summon yourself, but the aim is to add a “MyReading” button next to every result…

…clicking on the button brings the reference information across into MyReading…

…so that you can add it to a reading list…

At this point, the reference in the reading list is now linked to the result in Summon, which means we can bring in extra functionality, including:

  • the abstract for the article
  • the URL Summon uses for “Direct Linking”
  • subject terms (which link back out to Summon)

For articles with DOIs, I’ve retrospectively linked them up to the corresponding Summon result, so you may find that abstracts and subject terms have appeared for some of the references on your lists — here’s an example

If you’d like to help test this new functionality, please get in touch (!

Update: 29/Nov/2011

The “add from Summon” feature is still being beta tested, but should now be available to everyone who has been given editing rights on MyReading…

…the “add to MyReading” link currently only appears if you use the “search Summon” link from your My Lists page, but we’re hoping it will soon be available if you go to Summon directly.


Support for adding UniTube off-air recordings has been added to MyReading, with two new item reference types:

  • audio (UniTube) for radio broadcasts
  • video (UniTube) for TV broadcasts

For more info, see the MyReading documentation on iPark.

If you include the embed code from UniTube (go to Options > Share > Embed Code), then the programme will play from within the reading list:

As well as off-air recordings, you could easily include other recordings, such as lecture captures:

Finally, here’s a couple of examples:

Project Update

A big update this time, as the pages and workflow for adding items to reading lists have been fully revamped.

As part of the change, we’re starting to add user documentation to iPark:

Adding Items to Lists

The changes include…

  • all of the screens for adding new items have been revamped and given a common “look & feel”
  • items don’t need to be added to a list straight away and will remain listed on your “My Lists” page until they’ve been added to a list…
  • you can now add multiple items to multiple lists at the same time
  • if you manage a large number of reading lists (50+), you can now select multiple “working lists”
  • items you’ve recently added to lists now appear on your “My Lists” page…

The ability to queue references (so that you can add them to a list at a later date) will make it easier to add future support for importing items from reference management software.

List/Item History

You can now view a “history” for lists and items, so you can see details of all the changes made to them…

Zotero support

One of the eventual aims is to allow easy exporting from reading lists to reference management software, and also to support using reference management software as the tool for creating new lists.

To test support for exporting references to Zotero, I’ve just added OpenURL COinS records to each reading list. At present, this is only for books and book chapters, but we’ll add support for other reference types in due course.

If you use Zotero, we’d be really grateful if you could test exporting book and book chapter references, and let us know:

  • does it work?
  • are there any issues/problems/bugs you can spot?

…you can leave comments here or you can send an email to

There are a couple of limitations with using COinS that we’re aware of:

  • it doesn’t support exporting notes
  • it doesn’t support exporting URLs

Project Update

Most of the development work since the last blog post has been in the background, but there’s a couple of cosmetic changes to the interface…

Reference Options

We’ve got plans for a variety of item options (e.g. bookmarking, exporting, reporting a problem, etc) and I’d been pondering where these should go. As a few people have commented that the “add note” icon wasn’t obvious, I’ve removed it and replaced it with a blue “options” icon (which might be equally as unobvious!)…

…clicking on the icon reveals a pop-up menu listing a couple of options (with more options to be added later on)…

Managing Notes

As well as being able to add and remove notes via the new pop-up options menu, I’ve also added it to the “item options” bar that appears if you have permission to edit a list…

MyReading Stats

Finally, just for a bit of fun, I’ve added a live “MyReading Stats” section to the blog and to the MyReading home page 🙂