ORLiMS, the Online Reading List Management System system, provides real-time information on the location and availability of the materials that students in the Social Sciences Division need. It has been developed by staff at the Bodleian in collaboration with the WebLearn team.
Every item in a reading list can be linked to its corresponding entry in the SOLO library catalogue, so students can see:
- the number of copies held in individual libraries
- whether they can be borrowed
- whether they are currently available
- whether they can be accessed electronically
If a resource can be accessed electronically, ORLiMS will provide a direct link. The aim is simple: students spend less time searching, more time studying.
During the period from 16 October 2015 to 29 January 2016, there were 1253 views of ORLiMS reading lists by 415 different student users. Unsurprisingly, the busiest day was 18 January – the start of Hilary Term.
An evaluation of ORLiMS by the Social Science Library has yielded high praise, including:
‘I believe that this will be a very significant improvement to our students’ experience here’ (Associate Professor of International Relations & Deputy Head of Department).
‘I think it’s a great resource and advance in terms of making the readings more accessible to students and tutors alike and especially for those who are working remotely’ (Member of the Centre for Criminology).
Photo of the Social Science Library: CC BY-SA 2.0 Bill Tyne via Flickr