Resource Lists deadlines announced

 The new resource lists system will be going live at the start of June, so it’s a good time to think about preparing your lists for 2017/18.

Course organisers, please send your lists to library.learning@ed.ac.uk by 10th July and we’ll create a beautifully formatted list in Leganto.

Alternatively, if you’d like to use Leganto to create the list yourself, please submit your list to the Library for review by 24th July.

Once we receive your list, we’ll process e-reserve scan requests, purchase new or additional copies of books, and move items to the HUB or reserve collections.

We will continue to provide resource lists throughout the year, but submitting your lists by these deadlines means we have as much time as possible to get things ready for the new semester.

Send your list to the Library

If you’d like us to create your list in Leganto, please send your annotated reading list and coversheet to library.learning@ed.ac.uk by 10th July.

For more information about Library-created lists, see the Resource Lists website.

Create a list yourself

We’ll make new guides available soon to help you get started with Leganto, so after the new system goes live the week beginning 5th June, you’ll be able to create your own lists.

After you create your lists, please send them to the Library for review by 24th July.

Training sessions

There will be bookable training sessions throughout June. Dates will be announced soon (keep an eye on the blog) or you can email library.learning@ed.ac.uk to arrange a one-to-one or group visit.

Existing (Talis Aspire) resource lists

If you already have a resource list, this will have been copied from the old system (Talis Aspire). Library staff will review each list and once it’s checked, we’ll be in touch with information on how to access your the new Leganto list. You can then edit, review and/or add new resources to the list and send back to the Library, if new books or scans are needed.

If you have any questions, please get in touch at library.learning@ed.ac.uk

 

Louise Dutnell
Course Collections Assistant

Resource Lists update – launching early June

What have we been doing?

We’re on track to go live with Leganto, our new resource lists system, week beginning 5th June. We’ve started checking the lists that we’ve moved over from the previous system and everything’s looking good so far.

Over the last few months we’ve been busy:

  • Preparing the current resource lists data for migration
  • Learning about all the features of the new system
  • Creating new user guides and training materials
  • Figuring out how the Library teams will work together to process resource lists as efficiently as possible
  • Asking the ExLibris support team lots and lots of questions…

What happens next?

During w/b 5th, we’ll send you details on how you can view and edit existing lists and start creating new lists to send to the Library for processing.

Over the summer, we’ll have four Resource Lists Assistants joining us in the Library Learning Services team. As well as creating and reviewing new lists, they’ll be checking all of the lists that we moved over from the previous reading list system, to make sure everything has migrated correctly.

Once all the training materials are complete, we’ll be offering workshops and training sessions for Course Organisers. Details of bookable sessions will be circulated shortly. We’re also happy to come to you and hold one-to-one sessions; please get in touch at library.learning@ed.ac.uk to arrange a visit.

We’ll also be asking Course Organisers to send us their Semester 1 resource lists by 10th July or create their own and send for review by 24th July.

Please keep an eye on the Resource Lists blog for updates.

Questions or comments?

Email us at library.learning@ed.ac.uk

 

Louise Dutnell
Course Collections Assistant

Sneak preview: first look at the new Resource Lists homepage

One of the first changes you’ll see when the new resource list system, Leganto, goes live in June will be the new homepage. Here’s a sneak preview:
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Make a PDF of your Talis Aspire list to record changes

On 1st April we exported all relevant resource list data from Talis Aspire to transfer to the new reading list system, Leganto. This means that when you access Leganto, you’ll see your resource list as it was on 31st March. Any changes made after this date, will not have be automatically transferred to Leganto.

If you export your list as a PDF, you can use this is a reference to add any resources added after 31st March to your new Leganto list. You will be able to access your Talis list until 10th July.

To export your list as a PDF:

  • Log in to your Talis list using EASE.
  • Click on the Export icon at the top of the list
  • From the drop-down options select Export to PDF

Export to pdf

This will save a pdf copy of your list on your computer. Please keep this copy.

In an earlier blog post we described how to back up your Talis bookmarks and import them into Leganto.

You can use these bookmarks to add to your Leganto list any items that you may have added to your resource list in Talis after the cut-off date, using your backed up list as a guide.

Example PDF copy of a list

Alternatively you can simply add any new items to your Leganto list as normal. We will be making detailed guides on using Leganto available soon.

 

Iraklis Pantopoulos

Course Collections Assistant

Library Learning Services

Leganto New Features – Templates

Another nice new feature that Leganto brings, is the ability to use a Template when creating a new resource list. The Library has set up some pre-prepared templates based on the way course organisers typically structure their resource lists.

Templates are a quick and easy way of adding a structure to your list with a single click.
Select a template image

When creating a new list in Leganto, you will automatically have the option to select a template.

 

 

 

Combined with the ability to store your favourite resources for re-use in My Collection (as seen in last week’s post), the process of building up a list can become as straightforward as dragging and dropping your resources onto the prepared structure.

This is a great way to speed up the list creation process and to ensure consistency across lists.

After a template has been applied to a list, it is of course possible to edit/modify the structure by editing any of the individual sections or deleting ones that are not needed. This can be done by opening the options drop-down menu and selecting “Edit” or “Delete” section.

You can also add a description to your section (with e.g. specific instructions for students).

Course organisers will not be able to set up their own templates, but the Library will have a selection of prepared templates ready for use.

At the initial launch stage there will be three prepared templates available: a “12-Week-semester” template, a “Resource types” template, and a “Reading Priority” template with “Essential”, “Recommended” and “Further Reading” sections.

We can add frequently used templates, so if there is a list structure that you use often and find especially useful, please do let us know!

 

Iraklis Pantopoulos

Course Collections Assistant

Library Learning Services

The resource lists system is changing, but the service is staying the same

The new resource lists system will be launching in June, but our service won’t be changing. Course Organisers will still be able to create their own resource lists or, alternatively, send the details over to the Library and we’ll set up the resource list in Leganto. We’ll announce deadlines in due course – keep an eye on the blog for details.

As well as creating and reviewing resource lists, the Library will continue to order new or additional copies of books (or ebooks), process scans and move books to the HUB or Reserve.

How the Library orders books for courses

It’s important to continue to prioritise the items on your resource lists as ‘Essential’, ‘Recommended’ or ‘Further Reading’. As well as complying with the University’s Accessible and Inclusive Learning Policy, it helps students manage their workload, and helps the Library make sure there are enough books on the shelves (or ebooks online). When the Library decides how many books to purchase, we look at the student numbers for the course and the priority assigned to each of the resources. If there aren’t enough books available, we make purchases based on the following ratios:

Priority Purchased Location
Essential 1 copy per 20 students Distributed across HUB Reserve, Short and Standard Loan
Recommended 1 copy per 40 students Short Loan
Further reading Direct request required from Course Organiser – 1 copy purchased Standard Loan

If you have any questions, please contact us at library.learning@ed.ac.uk.

 

Louise Dutnell, Course Collections Assistant

Introducing My Collection in Leganto

What is My Collection?

Course Organisers and students will have a My Collection area in the new resource list system, Leganto. My Collection lets you collect and store relevant items; these can be any type of resource, physical or digital. My Collection items can be annotated, sorted and filtered, and exported to create a bibliography (you can select your preferred citation style too). Course Organisers can also use My Collection to gather together resources ready to drag and drop into resource lists.

This is what My Collection will look like, with the items listed in the main section of the screen and a number of options for managing your collection towards the top of the page:

Over the next few months we’ll be putting together guidance on how to use all the features in Leganto. In the meantime, here’s a quick look at some of the things you can do with My Collection.

 

Collect relevant resources

Within My Collection, you can use the Add Item button to add resources:

There’s a widget (the ‘Cite it!’ button) you can add to your browser toolbar which lets you save items you find online:

You can also import items from a .ris file; Course organiser, if you’ve saved your bookmarks from Talis Aspire, you can import these directly into My Collection in Leganto. Last week’s blog post explains exactly how to do this.

 

Add notes and tags

If you want to group together a number items that you need for a specific project, or perhaps remind yourself about something you’ve read, notes and tags are a great way to manage your items.

Notes and tags are completely private;
nobody else will be able to see these, even if the item appears on a resource list.

 

Manage your resources

Using the icons at the top of the screen, you can manage your collection of items, either by sorting, filtering by tag, or searching for a specific resource. This is a useful way to view the resources for different courses and assignments or to pick a selection of items to export for a bibliography.

 

Suggest items for resource lists

Found something that could be added to a particular resource list? If you come across a useful item, you can choose the option to ‘Suggest this item’ and a notification is sent to the Course Organiser.

 

Course Organisers: drag and drop items from My Collection directly into your resource list

 

Export items from My Collection

After collecting your resources, you can use the items in My Collection to begin building a bibliography. Just select the relevant items (this is even easier if you’ve used tags to identify which items are useful for each of your projects) and export the resources to Word or as a PDF document. If you export to Word, you can also specify which citation style you’d like to use.

 

Copy your bookmarks

Remember, your current bookmarks in Talis Aspire will not be copied automatically to Leganto. If you’ve got bookmarks that you’d like to move over to Leganto, have a look at the guidance in last week’s blog post and take a copy of your bookmarks before Monday 10th July.

Please contact Library.Learning@ed.ac.uk if you have any questions.

 

Louise Dutnell, Course Collections Assistant

Leganto – What’s in a Name?

As we prepare to officially launch Leganto – our new Resource Lists system – in the next few weeks, we thought we would let you know a bit about the meaning of the term LeganEsperanto tilesto itself.

The word will probably sound familiar to those with a background in Latin, but in fact Leganto
comes from the verb legi (meaning to read), in the constructed language of Esperanto.

Esperanto dates all the way back to 1887 and was first promoted by L. L. Zamenhof. It is nowadays spoken by up to two million people (source: esperanto.net), with roughly 2,000 native speakers, making it the most widely spoken constructed language (or conlang) in the world.

Other famous conlangs in popular culture include Klingon and J.R.R. Tolkien’s elvish languages of Quenya and Sindarin.

Zamenhof published the first book in his constructed language under the pseudonym Doktoro Esperanto (which translates as “one who hopes”).

So, exactly along the same lines, the meaning of Leganto is “one who reads”, a Reader.

Now that you know the origin of its name, over the next few weeks there will be a chance to read all about Leganto and its range of features in our regular blog posts.

In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about invented languages there is a variety of sources on DiscoverEd.

 

Iraklis Pantopoulos

Course Collections Assistant

Library Learning Services

Managing your bookmarks in preparation for the move to Leganto

As part of the move from Talis Aspire, the Library will copy all published resource lists from 2016/17 to the new reading list system, Leganto. We’ll also copy archived lists, lists with no time period (Vet school) and any lists you’ve let us know you’d like transferred.

Resource lists will be copied bookmarks won’t

The complete published resource lists WILL be copied, but the individual bookmarks that course organisers have saved will NOT be copied automatically to the new system. Bookmarks are the resources you save to add to a list. You see these on the right of the screen when you’re creating a list.

Most of your bookmarks will already be in use on a resource list. You only have to follow the guidance below IF you have bookmarks that you have kept to add to a resource list at a later date and want to copy these to the new reading list system.

Copy your bookmarks

If you have bookmarks that you would like to move to Leganto, please follow the guidance below to take a copy of the bookmarks before Monday 10th July.  There will be no access to Talis Aspire after this date.

Here’s how:
1. Log in to your existing the Resource Lists @ Edinburgh account at: http://resourcelists.ed.ac.uk/ using your EASE login.

2. Select “My Bookmarks” from the options at the top

3. Tick the top checkbox on the left-hand side to select all your bookmarks.

  • Alternatively you might want to only export selected bookmarks by clicking only the checkboxes of those items you want to export.

4 A) Click on the Action blue button on the top right.

4 B) From the drop-down menu that appears select Export Citations.

You now have a .ris file containing all your selected bookmarks. Keep this file.

Once you have access to your reading lists in Leganto, you can use the .ris file to import your current bookmarks into ‘My Collection’ in Leganto.

There’s short video (1.47) demonstrating how you would import your .ris file to a resource list:

https://knowledge.exlibrisgroup.com/Leganto/Training/Leganto_for_Instructors/06_Add_Citations_via_RIS_File_Import

Using Leganto, Course organisers and students have the option to add resources (citations) to ‘My Collection’ where they can add tags and make notes.

Please contact Library.Learning@ed.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Students: Save your Resource List reading intentions and notes

We’re currently working on migrating existing resource lists from Talis Aspire over to Leganto. However, reading intentions and notes cannot be moved across to the new system.

Reading intentions are resources that you’ve marked as ‘won’t read’, ‘have read’, ‘will read’, or ‘reading now’ and notes are private notes that you’ve added to any resource on a list. Both of these can be accessed from your Resource Lists @ Edinburgh profile.

What you need to do

If you have used these features to organise your course reading, and you would like to keep hold of this information, you should make sure to save a copy before Monday 10th July.

Save a copy of your notes

First, go to the Resource Lists @ Edinburgh homepage (http://resourcelists.ed.ac.uk) and log in using your EASE login.

To access your profile, click on your name and select ‘View Profile’.

Now click on the ‘My reading intentions’ and ‘My notes’ tabs. All of the books, articles and other resources you have marked with your reading intentions, and your notes, can be viewed here.

Select your citation style, copy and paste to save

Use the drop down menu to select your preferred citation style. Next, to save your notes and reading intentions, highlight all of the items in the list, and copy and paste the text into a Word document. Right click and paste as text, you will see the full citation details along with your reading intentions and notes and any web address.

Please make sure you have saved your copies before 10th July. After this date, reading intentions and notes will no longer be available.

Leganto also has features to add reading intentions, manage your course reading and add tags to items. Keep an eye on the blog for further details!

If you have any questions, please contact Library.Learning@ed.ac.uk