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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

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.