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The Problem of Reading Lists

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Reading lists are the area in which academic workflows, student needs and library services interact most directly. They act as a bridge between two of the University’s most important assets – academic expertise and library resources. They are fundamental to undergraduate learning and to library collection development. To date, there have been many attempts to solve the ‘problem’ of reading lists, with limited success.

I will examine if there is a problem with reading lists, and what the nature of that problem might be. Are the real issues to do with cooperation and collaboration between bodies involved in pedagogical support? If so, what is the solution, and where might it lead us in the future?”

About the speaker

Huw Jones is System Support Librarian at the University Library, offering services, support and training to libraries across Cambridge. He has a particular interest in developing interfaces which take advantage of advances in technology to facilitate new ways of working.

Having studied history at Manchester University, he worked in a range of libraries in Manchester and Cambridge before joining Electronic Systems and Services at the University Library in 2004. He has since developed a range of integrated online services for librarians, and worked on various projects from data duplication to user education.

From April to June 2009, Huw held an Arcadia Fellowship to investigate issues surrounding the introduction of a reading list system in Cambridge. His findings (published in a report available at Reading Lists in Cambridge: A Standard System?) will form the basis of this seminar.

This talk is part of the Arcadia Project Seminars series.

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