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Reading Lists Online training guide

About Reading Lists Online

Reading Lists Online is the name we are using for the new online reading list system which went live in January 2022.  Reading Lists Online uses a system called Leganto and is another component of the new Library Management System and is closely integrated with this.

This guide will give you the essential information you need to know about using Leganto to create and manage your reading lists.

The reading list software gives academic tutors more control over online reading lists making it easier to create and organise reading lists for modules. Reading lists created in Leganto will give students direct access to online resources (ebooks and journal articles). Additional content such as websites, links to videos and digitised chapters can also be included. With Leganto, reading lists are integrated into Blackboard making it easy for tutors to manage and for students to access. 

Accessing Reading Lists Online

You can access Leganto in several ways

  • From the Finding Resources page on the Library website (under the Useful research tools and resources box)
  • Search for lists on the Reading Lists Online website 
  • By using the Reading Lists Online link in your Blackboard module - further instructions elsewhere in this guide.  The link to this will then take you directly to the list for that module

Why use our new Reading Lists Online?

Benefits for staff

  • Easy to use as managed from within Blackboard.
  • Allows you to include resources of different formats; from journal articles to physical books, ebook chapters and even multimedia. 
  • Fully integrated with the library management system so you can include direct links through to material on Library Search.
  • Structure your list to suit your module delivery – e.g. Essential, Recommended, Additional reading, or by Week 1. Week 2 etc.. 
  • Add guidance notes- for example, to help direct students to part of a specific chapter in a book.
  • Analytics and reports are available to understand how students are using material on the reading lists.
  • Allows you to provide digitised content in a way that meets the Copyright Licensing Agency's legal requirements

Benefits to students

  • Easy access to all course reading and resources in one place. 
  • Directly accessible from Blackboard. 
  • Includes direct links to access eResources. 
  • Links to current information on where print copies are located, what is available and ability to request items.
  • Annotations and tags will help direct students to relevant parts of the text and help manage their reading. 
  • Provides a more consistent experience across all modules.