New Library Tool Available for Faculty to Manage Course Reading Lists

In support of Mason’s teaching and learning experience, the Libraries is adding Leganto to the Libraries’ portfolio of technology tools. Leganto, offered by Ex Libris, is a resource list management system that integrates with other Libraries systems as well as Blackboard.

The acquisition of this tool, in conjunction with the university’s expanded virtual environment, marks a strategic shift for the Libraries – moving away from the idea of a physical “course reserves” module to a university-wide reading list management system where the instructor develops a reading list within a Blackboard course, then pushes it to the Libraries for centralized processing.  

With Leganto, faculty can collect a wide range of content – from library resources to YouTube videos – in a dynamic and user-friendly add-on to their course. We anticipate it will make the work of instructional faculty much easier for reading or viewing material for their courses, as well as tracking statistics of what has been read (or marked done) by students. Leganto will enable the Libraries to become more efficient in supplying needed content to courses, and it will provide reliability and consistency for students accessing materials. 

The Libraries is preparing for a soft launch of the Leganto platform in Fall 2020, with a cohort of faculty who will receive training on using the system and who will provide feedback on its integration into their courses. If you would like to be part of this group for Fall 2020, please contact Melanie Bopp, Head of Access Services, at mbopp@gmu.edu or Janna Mattson, Online Learning Coordinator and Instructional Librarian, at jmattso1@gmu.edu.

We expect to fully implement Leganto university-wide in the Spring 2021 semester, at which time our current Course Reserves request system will be retired. We will be exploring a host of additional features to add to Leganto in the spring, such as streamlined purchase requests for faculty, and quick and easy copyright checks.

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