accessible reading lists
Reading lists are an integral part of the learning experience. However, reading lists can present barriers to learning if they are not accessible to all students. For example, print-based resources are inherently less accessible unless they are already available online.
Including electronic versions of texts on reading lists can, therefore, enhance inclusivity. Electronic resources are easy to adapt so potential barriers to engaging with the text can often be addressed.
The Library is often able to obtain an electronic file of a book from the publisher quickly and at no cost. However, this is not always the case and other types of alternative format conversion, such as Braille, will take longer. If you require an electronic version or alternative format of a book or article that is only available in print, please contact Matthew Holtby (the Library's Disability Co-ordinator).
The 'Liberate My Curriculum' campaign run by the LSE Students' Union has responded to the lack of diversity in reading lists by creating a reading list audit tool. Although aimed at students for the purpose of lobbying their lecturers, you might find this tool useful for prompting reflection on the diversity of your reading lists. You will also find some questions to prompt reflection in the 'Useful Resources' box on this page.
Talis Aspire Online Reading Lists
The University's online reading list system, Talis Aspire, is designed to be accessibility compliant and so enables you to implement the University's approved reading list recommendations. Talis Aspire has many benefits for both staff and students. You will find examples of good practice in designing reading lists below.
designing reading lists: good practice examples
This reading list is organised clearly by date, to guide students in their preparation for their next seminar so they clearly know what is expected of them.
This reading list demonstrates how to encourage progression and manage the transition from Part One to Part Three.