Using the Library Reading List Tool in Blackboard

Tips for UTSA faculty on using this self-service tool to manage course readings


To structure your Reading List, you may create sections to organize resources by week, topic, type, etc.

Click New Section > provide Title and Description > click Create.

add a section


Add tag

Add Tags to organize the resources on your Reading List and make them  findable and available for filtering. 


available tags

Currently available tags:

  • Optional
  • Required
  • Lecture Readings
  • Recommended
  • Post to Blackboard

Tags are created by the admin. You may request additional tags by emailing


You can add a public or private note to a Reading List or a specific item by clicking on the list or item title.  

To add a Public Note to a List, click on the List title. Add a comment to Notes on the right. This comment will be visible to students.

List note


To add a Public or Private Note to an Item on a List, click on the Item title. The notes will appears below the record.

Add a note to an item


You may rearrange items and sections of your Reading List by pointing the cursor on the ellipsis to the right of the title to bring up an edit bar with a Drag Citation or Drag Section prompt.

Move items or sections


The Instructors sidebar in Reading Lists inherits the instructors assigned to the Blackboard course as Reading List collaborators.  

    To invite others to collaborate on a reading list, select Collaborator.  You will see a list of current collaborators.
Select Manage Collaborators.
To invite new collaborators, enter their names or emails. Select Send Invitation.