Integration with library and university systems
KeyLinks can be integrated into virtual learning environments (VLEs) like Canvas, Moodle and Blackboard via LTI, making it easy for librarians, academics and students to build and access their reading lists via their existing learning environment. We are continually improving our services and an enhancement to this integration is planned for early 2022.
KeyLinks also fits into the library ecosystem, linking with valuable metadata from your library management and discovery systems. This provides up-to-date, trusted resource information without any unnecessary duplication or data entry.
Our bookmarklet tool allows the easy capture of information from other sites such as Amazon and other book and journal providers not linked via your discovery tool. Book covers are provided where available to offer a more visual experience for your students.
Image shows KeyLinked Tool capturing metadata from Amazon
In the UK, integration with the CLA Digital Content Store can be included at no additional cost. This enables easy access to scanned resources through your lists and and simple checking of request statuses in lists whilst requests are in progess.
Library Connectors allow users to search their library catalogue or discovery system from within KeyLinks, making it quick and easy to add materials to resource lists. The metadata displayed in the list is linked to the system, so any changes made to the records in the LMS or discovery system are reflected in KeyLinks. We support all the major library management and discovery systems, and in recent months have ensured we can also support the new Folio system.
Most of our users log in to Keylinks using either an institutional login ID, access via Shibboleth or Open Athens or authenticate via the VLE/LMS using LTI. We can also support local login to the KeyLinks service.
The KeyLinks API means customers can easily integrate KeyLinks with their institution systems, allowing the automatic creation of empty lists and associated teaching staff.
- Academics can access KeyLinks via the VLE/LMS they are already using for their module and easily create and add to their reading lists throughout the year.
- Students are using the VLE to find other module or course information and can directly access the relevant resources they need to support their learning.
- Library resources are made easily available due to integration with library systems.