Reminder: Use Leganto for Course Reserves

Course Reserves, both print and electronic, are now managed through the Leganto platform, which integrates with both the library catalog and Blackboard to streamline Course Reserves for our faculty and students. The previous course reserves system will be retired at the close of the Spring 2021 semester. Beginning in Summer 2021, all course reserves requests will need to be submitted via Leganto.

With Leganto, faculty can collect and organize a wide range of content – from library resources to YouTube videos – in a dynamic and user-friendly add-on to their course.  Advantages to using Leganto include: 

  • Instructors can search the library catalog, link directly to resources within the library catalog or elsewhere, and upload their own documents to the platform 
  • Course materials can be saved and reused in other courses or in future semesters  
  • Lists, once published, are automatically added to Blackboard course navigation so that students have easy access to the materials 

The Libraries has created a guide to help you get started with Leganto. Within this resource guide are links to a Quick Guide, video tutorials, and contact information for library staff should you have questions.  

Training sessions will be offered throughout the summer – you may select a date and register here. Additionally, from mid-April to mid-May faculty may book individual 30 minute appointments for assistance here.

Learning data skills for research

The Libraries, in partnership with the Office of Research Computing, is a member organization of The Carpentries, a network of volunteer instructors and workshops that focus on teaching essential data and computational skills for conducting efficient, open, and reproducible research. The Carpentries offers three curriculum tracks:

  • Data Carpentry teaches fundamental data skills needed to conduct research. Lessons are developed based on disciplines (ecology, social sciences, etc.). These lessons include data organization in spreadsheets, data cleaning with OpenRefine, data management with SQL, and data analysis and visualization with Python or R.
  • Software Carpentry teaches basic lab skills for research computing. Lessons include the Unix shell, version control with Git, Python, and R.
  • Library Carpentry teaches software and data skills for people working in library and information-related roles. Lessons include the Unix shell, version control with Git, regular expressions, tidy data, webscraping, Python introduction, and introduction to data for archivists.

Any members of the university community with questions about requesting a workshop or who want to know more can contact the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center at datahelp@gmu.edu or Mason’s Office of Research Computing at orchelp@gmu.edu for additional information. Read more about the program here.

Learn about our new Course Reserves system – Leganto

As you may have seen from earlier announcements, the Libraries acquired a new resource list management system in 2020 – Leganto by Ex Libris. Course Reserves, both print and electronic, are now managed through the Leganto platform, which integrates with both the library catalog and Blackboard to streamline Course Reserves for our faculty and students. 

Why Leganto? 

With Leganto, faculty can collect and organize a wide range of content – from library resources to YouTube videos – in a dynamic and user-friendly add-on to their course.  Advantages to using Leganto include:  

  • Instructors can search the library catalog, link directly to resources within the library catalog or elsewhere, and upload their own documents to the platform 
  • Course materials can be saved and reused in other courses or in future semesters  
  • Lists, once published, are automatically added to Blackboard course navigation so that students have easy access to the materials 

What about the Course Reserves system I’m used to? 

While reading lists are still available in Blackboard courses, the previous course reserves system will be retired at the close of the Spring 2021 semester. Beginning in Summer 2021, all course reserves requests will need to be submitted via Leganto. Should you wish to explore the new system, it is available for you to use now as a tool in Blackboard.  

How can I learn more? 

The Libraries has created a new guide to help you get started with Leganto. Within this resource guide, you can find links to a Quick Guide, video tutorials, and contact information for library staff should you have questions.  

Additionally, the Libraries will be hosting virtual drop-in hours over Zoom (attendees must use their Mason e-mail address to join the meeting) for those with questions about Leganto on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, January 19, 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 19, 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 20, 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 21, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, January 21, 4 p.m.
  • Friday, January 22, 1 p.m.
  • Friday, January 22, 2 p.m.
  • Monday, January 25, 10 a.m.
  • Monday, January 25, 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, January 27, 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 27, 4 p.m.

University Records Management Workshops

University Records Management is offering a number of virtual workshops for staff and faculty throughout the fall, including Records Coordinator Training, Building Internal Records Policies and Practices, and quick Retention Review sessions focused on specific records types (such as Academic and Research Records, Human Resources and Fiscal Records, and Administrative and Miscellaneous Records).

University Records Management offers these workshop to assist the Mason community, as improper handling of university records can affect audits, accreditation, litigation, and more. Each workshop is limited to ten attendees. Please see dates and times below, and register at the associated link. All workshops are available on the Libraries’ calendar.

Records Coordinator Training. This workshop will introduce records management basics, a review of local and federal laws that govern information management within the University, services available to University departments and offices, electronic records and data management, and creating internal records policies for individual departments. Records Coordinators will receive materials from this workshop to share with their departments. 

Building Internal Records Policies and Practices, Part 1. This two-part workshop builds on fundamental records management concepts introduced in “Records Coordinator Training.” In addition, Part 1 will cover record life-cycle procedures, and establishing record-keeping protocols in the event of an emergency. The workshop aims to ensure that Mason staff are confident in correctly identifying and applying those principles to ensure their department’s daily business practices are compliant with University Records Center regulations.

Quick Review of Academic and Research Records. This workshop will cover the retention periods for common academic and research records. Attendees will learn how to appraise their records, set retention periods, and learn about the appropriate methods of disposition for both analog and digital records.

Quick Review of Human Resources and Fiscal Records. This workshop will cover the retention periods for common HR and fiscal records. Attendees will learn how to appraise their records, set retention periods, and learn about the appropriate methods of disposition for both analog and digital records.

Quick Review of Administrative and Miscellaneous Records. This workshop will cover the retention periods for common administrative and other miscellaneous records. Attendees will learn how to appraise their records, set retention periods, and learn about the appropriate methods of disposition for both analog and digital records.

Library Events/Workshops Status

Updated March 17, 2020

Check ’em out: Online Library Workshops March 16 – May 2

  • Research Poster Design Online
  • Zotero Online
  • Library Basics Online
  • Uncovering Conspiracy Theory
  • Level Up ENGH 302 Online
  • Using Census Data

Canceled Library Events/Workshops

  • March 17, Sharin’ of the Zines, Fenwick
  • March 19, Marchives Madness, Fenwick
  • March 20, WAC Faculty Write-In, Fenwick
  • March 24, Kaveh Akbar, Visiting Writer, Fenwick
  • March 25, Music in the Lobby, Fenwick
  • April 1, Edible Book Festival, Fenwick
  • April 6, Data Planet workshop
  • April 6, Mason Press Book Launch, Fenwick
  • April 8 + 9, Pathway Studio workshops, SciTech + Fenwick

Postponed Library Events/Workshops 

  • March 24, DiSC Research Connections, Noel Johnson presentation, Fenwick