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Academic Skills Team: A guide for staff

Leganto Reading Lists

The new university Reading Lists Online system (Leganto) went live in January 2022 and we are pleased to have had lots of positive feedback from both academic colleagues and students about the new system.

This summer we are progressing our first Reading List Rollover which took place on Friday 15 July. All lists should have been migrated over and mapped to the new Blackboard course codes by Monday 18 July.

This means that you should find that the 'Reading List' link in both the Blackboard Ultra and Blackboard course shells maps to the correct reading list (if you did previously have an online reading list for that module in the 2021-22 academic year).

Please note that as part of this roll-over process, all lists will revert to Draft status so will not be visible to students at this stage. 

Checking and updating lists

If you had a reading list which has rolled over please make sure that you update this list rather than creating a new one.  This is important to ensure that the list is associated with the correct course.   If you can't locate your rolled over list please contact readinglists@staffs.ac.uk

You will need to check your rolled over lists and update them following the process used when we migrated from Keylinks in early 2022.  

When checking your lists you should also check if there is a new edition available for any existing titles -  it is your responsibility to check if these are needed as new editions are not purchased automatically.  If a new edition is needed please follow the instructions for new books requests.

You might want to use this opportunity to look over your reading lists, thinking about diversifying content and considering new editions, or purchase/digitisation requests. If you need any support in this respect, please contact your Academic Librarian and Skills Tutor.

Once checked by you, and any new content added the list will need to be ‘Published’ to become visible to students. 
The reading list will then be available for students to use once you make your 2022/23 Blackboard course module public to students. 

If you use Teams rather than Blackboard then you can integrate your reading list into the module Teams site as well.  See our guide on adding lists to Teams.

Accessing your reading lists

If you are not able to find the list you need, or if other members of the teaching team for the module are not showing as Instructors, then you need to ensure all appropriate staff are added as Instructors within the module in Blackboard.  This information is then passed as part of a daily feed to Leganto.  You will need to allow 24 hours after after making the changes in Blackboard for these to be reflected in Leganto.  

Please contact TEL@staffs.ac.uk if you have problems adding instructors in Blackboard.

Lists for new modules

If you have a new module then there will not be a list automatically mapped to this. This may include those modules that have moved to 20/40 credits. You can create a new list from scratch and associate this with the relevant Blackboard course.  See  the section of the training guide on creating a new list.

Lists for 20/40 credit modules

If your module has moved to 20/40 credits then there are several options for managing the listsfor these modules.  

Replaced

If the module has been replaced by a completely different module code, but you will be using the same list as previously, you can copy your list to the new course.  Please make sure you change the title and the module code to reflect the replaced module name. 

New

If the module is completely new and you do not have a list to be used from a previous module, then you would have to create a new list from scratch. Please make the title and the module code reflect the new module.

Merged

If the module has merged with another module you will have to manually add the items from the list that is to be merged  - there is no way to automate this process. Note that where the module code is the same for the new 20/40 credit module it will have linked to the list associated with the old module.

Depending on the number of items to add you may find it easier to export the list from the other module into REFWORKS and then add the citations individually via the REFWORKS import tool available in your reading list. 

Information for new staff

If you have not used the Leganto Reading List system before you can find out more about Leganto via our introductory guide and the full training guide. 

Integrated with Blackboard or MS Teams, it has lots of useful additional functionality. For example, you can enrich your reading lists by,

  • adding notes about sections you wish students to focus upon,
  • ordering resources for addition to University Library stock as you add them to your list in one seamless process
  • monitoring usage of suggested texts.

For a first look at Leganto see the introductory videos below.

Reading Lists Online

Our Reading Lists Online system provides one-click access to core module reading. Links can be made to full-text electronic journal articles, ebooks and plus live book holdings information from our library catalogue.  Reading lists are in a web format that can be viewed on a range of devices, including mobile, and each list has a unique web link that can be embedded within Blackboard, MS Teams or other websites or documents.

All modules need to have an up-to-date online reading list of resources for their students.  All requests for new book purchases to support teaching must be made from the reading list linked to the relevant module.

Book purchases and digitisation requests

As part of the new Reading Lists Online system we are streamlining the procedures for new book requests and digitisation (Course Pack) requests.  

Both of these requests can now be made within the Reading Lists Online system

Please refer to the Ordering Books and Journals page for information about how to do this and guidance on what will be purchased.  We take a digital first approach.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, you can contact the Library team via e-mail at readinglists@staffs.ac.uk.