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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


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 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:, 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: 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:

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 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 ( 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 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