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Send the Library your Leganto Resource Lists by 24th July

A wee reminder that if you’re building your Resource list using Leganto and you’d like the Library to order books, provide scans of chapters of move books to reserve collections, please send the list to the library for review by Monday 24th July.

Sending your list to the Library for review
When you’ve completed your list in Leganto, click on the three dots (reading list options) at the top of your list and select send to library.

Getting started guide
You’ll find more help on using Leganto in the Getting started guide.

Semester 2 deadlines
24th July is the deadline for Semester 1 courses. We’ll issue new deadlines for Semester two in September- so plenty of time to think about using Leganto for Semester 2 courses.

If you’d like the Library to build your Semester 1 course Resource List and you’ve missed the deadline, we’ll still do our best to have the list ready in time for the start of teaching. Send the annotated reading list, with a coversheet to

More information
Library creates Resource List
Academic creates Resource List

Angela Laurins
Library Learning Services

Leganto is now live!

Drum roll please……………

The new reading list system, Leganto is now live!

Staff and students can view the new homepage at the current Resource Lists address:

To access resources on lists or to start building/editing/following lists, sign in by clicking on ‘Guest’ (top right) and use your EASE username and password.

Existing Talis Aspire lists

If you can’t see your old Talis list on Leganto yet, don’t worry, we’ll be checking all migrated 2016/17 lists and publishing them soon. We’ll be in touch with Course Organisers individually to let you know when your lists are available on Leganto.

Access Resource Lists via Learn

Course organisers, you can add  Resource Lists (Leganto) to your course on Learn. Once this is done, you will be able to click through and start using the system to build your resource lists for 2017/18 and your list will be associated automatically with the course in Learn. Once lists are published, students will be able to access them via their courses in Learn.

Getting started guides

There are guides for academics staff and students to help you get started with Leganto on the Information Services website.

Bookable workshops

We’re also running a series of workshops in June for course organisers which are bookable via MyEd:

14 June (14:00-16:00)

16 June (10:00-12:00)

20 June (10:00-12:00)

21 June (14:00-16:00)

26 June (14:00-16:00)

Resource List deadlines

A reminder too that you can send your reading lists to the Library and we’ll build your Resource List for you. Please send us your lists by 10th July. If you build your own lists, please send them to the Library to review by 24th July.

More information on Resource Lists deadlines

If you have any questions or would like to arrange a training session, please contact:

Angela Laurins, Library Learning Services Manager

Access to Talis Aspire resource lists 12th June- 12th July 2017

From Monday 12th June the Resource Lists web address will take you to the new reading list system, Leganto and not to Talis Aspire.

Between 12th June-12th July, you can still access your Talis Aspire resource lists using this web address:

Please note: access to Talis Aspire will end on 12th July 2017.

You will be able to access the new reading list system, Leganto from Monday 12th June.

All 2016/17 Talis Aspire resource lists have been copied to Leganto, so there’s no need to create new versions of existing lists.  If you can’t see your existing list on Leganto, don’t worry, we’ll be checking and publishing it soon. We’ll be in touch with Course Organisers individually to let you know when your lists are available on Leganto.

A reminder, if you would like to keep your collection of bookmarks or the notes and reading intentions you’ve made against a resource list, please follow the guidance in these blog posts before 12th July:

Copy your bookmarks:

Save your notes:

If you have any questions about Resource Lists please email:

Angela Laurins, Library Learning Services Manager

Library selects new reading list system




Procurement Project
Over the last few months, Library & University Collections, with support from IS Applications, has been carrying out a procurement project to select a reading list system. This was necessary as the contract with our existing supplier, Talis, is coming to an end in July and, in order to comply with procurement regulations, we were obliged to look at all viable systems on the market.

Following a thorough and rigorous evaluation process which involved representatives from all key stakeholder groups, including academic staff and students and colleagues from across ISG, the contract was awarded to the highest scored supplier; Ex Libris with their reading list system, Leganto.

Benefits of Leganto
Leganto offers an intuitive interface for both Course Organisers and students, providing more opportunities for students to engage with their resource lists and for Course Organisers to liaise more easily with the Library in the provision of course materials. Leganto will also allow the Library to be more efficient in its support of a growing resource list service.

Resource Lists for 2017/18
The project team is working on implementing Leganto and will migrate existing resource lists to the new system, so that when Leganto is launched in June, resource lists will be ready for review and for students to use well in advance of the start of Semester 1 2017/18.

We’ll make our usual announcements in May/June asking Course Organisers to send us their Semester 1 reading lists. Training sessions and new guidance will also be made available in due course. Please keep an eye on the Resource List blog for updates:

More about Resource Lists @ Edinburgh
The Resource Lists service provides online reading lists (we call them, ‘Resource Lists’ to reflect the range of materials made available to students). Students can access their resource list via their course in Learn or Moodle, providing easy access to key readings in a consistent and reliable way.  Academic teaching staff will save time by using the Resource List service to manage the provision of course reading materials. There’s more information about the Resource List service on the ISG website:

More about Leganto
The Leganto reading list system is supplied by Ex Libris who also provide DiscoverEd and the backend Library management system we use, Alma. Leganto is a new system, but there is a growing list of UK libraries using it including, Imperial College, Kingston University and Abertay University. We’re looking forward to working with Ex Libris to deliver a reading list solution that best meets the needs of staff and students at the University of Edinburgh.

Find out more about Leganto:

If you have any questions about Resource Lists @ Edinburgh, please contact

Add your resource list to LEARN

Course organisers, make it easy for students to access their Semester 2 course reading by adding a link to your resource lists on LEARN.

You can add the link to the main menu and/or to the course content.
To link the resource list to LEARN Make sure:

  1. the list is published,
  2. the is linked to the corresponding time period (eg 2016/17)
  3. the course code on the resource list matches the code used on LEARN.

Here’s a (very) short guide to help: Add a Resource List to LEARN or Moodle

If you can’t find your course code on the Resource List (Talis Aspire) hierarchy, email and we’ll add the code and link your list.

Angela Laurins
Library Learning Services

Reading list procurement project

The Resource List service now provides online reading lists for approximately 900 courses across the University and is one of the key strategic themes for Library and University Collections over the next three years.

The funding we received in the recent planning round recognises the contribution Resource Lists makes to supporting teaching and improving the student experience. This additional funding will enable us to develop and improve a growing service and ensure students have access to core course materials.

At the same time, our contract with our existing Resource List supplier, Talis Aspire, will end in July 2017. As a result, Library and University Collections are currently working with IS Applications on a procurement project which includes academic and student representatives on the Project Board.

As well as fulfilling a legal obligation, the procurement exercise gives us a fantastic opportunity to evaluate the marketplace which has expanded in recent years and helps the Library define its ambitions for increasing adoption of the service.

The Library is committed to developing and supporting the Resource List service, if the system changes (and we may re-select Talis Aspire), it will be because we believe any new system can better meet the needs of academic teaching staff and students. Please be reassured, that if an alternative system were to be selected, existing lists would be transferred.

We expect to make a decision early in 2017. We’ll keep you up to date with developments and if you have any questions or would like any further information, please contact:

Angela Laurins
Library Learning Services Manager

Quick tip: How to add a book we don’t hold in the Library to your resource list

Course organisers, if you want to add a book to your resource list(s) and you can’t find it in DiscoverED, find it on the National Library of Scotland (NLS) catalogue or on any bookseller’s website and bookmark it from there.

The bookmark from the NLS or bookseller acts as a placeholder on the list. When you request a review of your list, we’ll check all items on the list against current holdings in the Library, if we don’t have any copies, we’ll use the details on the placeholder bookmark to process the book recommendation. You can help us, by using ‘Note for Library’ to highlight that we need to purchase copies of any title not held.

Remember to use ‘Note for Library’ to request e-reserve scans, additional copies or provide information about a list item and to request a review of your Semester 2 Resource Lists by 31st October.

More information on requesting a review of your list(s).

Angela Laurins
Library Learning Services

Resource Lists: Semester 2 deadlines announced

Course organisers, send your lists to by 17th October.
Alternatively, if you’re creating your Resource List yourself, request a review by 31st October.

Ask the Library to create your Semester 2 Resource List(s)
Send your annotated reading list with a completed coversheet to by 17th October and we’ll create a beautifully formatted Resource List using Talis Aspire, process your e-reserve scan requests, book recommendations and move any ‘Essential’ texts to HUB/Reserve.

More information on sending your reading lists to the Library.

Create your own Semester 2 Resource List (s)
Remember to prioritise items on your list, include expected student numbers and use ‘Note for Library’ to request e-reserve scans, additional copies of texts or provide the Library with any information about a resource .

If you want the Library to take action, eg provide a scan or purchase books, you need to request a review of your Resource List(s).

Request a review by 31st October to give the Library as much time as possible to process any book orders, e-reserve scan requests and move ‘Essential’ books to HUB/Reserve.

You may submit lists for review after this deadline, and we will do our best to fulfil requests, but we can’t guarantee that all readings will be available in time for the start of Semester 2 teaching.

If you’ve not used Resource Lists before, email and request access.

More information on creating your own Resource List(s)

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Request a review of your Resource List – one week until 18th July deadline

Course organises, if you’re using Talis Aspire to create your Resource List yourself, request a review for your resource list on or before 18th July

Why it’s important to request a review
The Library is not notified automatically when a list is published. It’s up to you to let us know you’ve published your list!

If you don’t request a review, the library won’t check your resource list, process book orders, move books to HUB/Reserve or process e-reserve scans.

You have to request a review if you want the Library to check that we have sufficient copies of core texts, process any book orders for new or additional copies, move items to HUB/Reserve and check that electronic access is available.

If you have used ‘Note for Library’ to request e-reserve scans or provide any information about the texts on your list, you need to request a review so we can act on this information.

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Two weeks to send the Library your Reading Lists!

A wee reminder to Course Organisers that you have two weeks to send your Reading Lists to the Library to turn into beautifully formatted Resource Lists using Talis Aspire. The deadline for sending your Semester one lists to us is Monday 4th July.

Please annotate your reading lists by prioritising resources using Essential, Recommended or Further reading and highlight any e-reserve (scanning) requests and send your lists with a completed coversheet to 

We will order new or additional copies of book (or ebooks) based on published ratios, process scans and move books to HUB or Reserve.

The coversheet is available to download on the Information Services website (along with more information about the Resource List service and how the library will order books):

Check out the 10 things you need to know about using the Resource List service.

If you prefer to create your own Resource Lists you should submit your list for review by 18th July.

More information:

Help and workshops

Book onto our last workshop on 4th July:

Come along to a lunchtime drop-in session:

Or get in touch to arrange a 1-2-1:

Please note we will confirm deadlines for Semester two lists in due course (likely early November).

Angela Laurins, Library Learning Services Manager