Courses, reading lists, and citations can be managed manually using the Alma user interface, or automatically by an external service, such as Ex Libris Leganto or the Alma Web service. This section describes the manual handling of these entities using Alma. For information on using the Alma Web services to handle these entities, see https://developers.exlibrisgroup.com...a/apis/courses.
The diagram below illustrates the hierarchy of the course, reading list, section, and citation entities.
- Citations are the basic processing units. Citations refer to a resource, such as Alma inventory or a website. They are typically the reading list titles that must be processed (moved to and from reserved areas, digitized), or the faculty-owned copies that are part of the required reading list. Citations may be accessed by a course in the course list or by a reading list task list (which lists all the reading lists in the system, filtered by their assignment to specific operators).
- Citations are connected to one or more sections within reading lists. A section is a logical group within a reading list, such as “Week 1” or “Optional”. The same citation can appear in multiple sections.
Sections can be managed using only Leganto.
- A reading list is connected to a single course. A course can contain several reading lists, for example, reading lists that are processed by separate libraries. Hierarchy of Course, Reading List, Section, and Citation Entities
The task of managing courses and reading lists includes the following elements:
- Creating new courses, reading lists, and citations.
- Preparing existing reading lists for the commencement of a course. This may be achieved by:
- Sending existing reading lists to the responsible faculty members for their comments. Reading lists may be exported using the Tools option on the Course’s Reading List page (see Managing Reading Lists). The reading lists can then be updated based on faculty feedback.
- Filtering the reading lists by citation status, to enable you to work on citations that require processing (for example, citations that are incomplete). For detailed information, see Managing Citations.
- Fetching items from shelves to move them to reserved areas, or placing requests on remote items. For detailed information, see Managing Citations.
- Managing the end of a course using the reading list end dates. For detailed information on working with end dates, see Managing Reading List Due Back Dates.
For information on course reserves, see the Course Reserves video (1 hour 4:42 mins).