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Leganto Guide for Faculty

Leganto Guide for Faculty

What is Leganto and Why Use It?

Leganto is a tool that enables you to easily create, maintain, evaluate, and share course reading lists. Leganto reading lists can be added to Brightspace D2L or Canvas courses, or you can get a link to your list that can be added to your syllabus.

You can assemble materials of all types into your course reading list -- physical books, ebooks, journal and newspaper articles, websites, and streaming media. You can build this list by yourself or collaborate with your subject librarian. 

Why use Leganto?

  • Save students money by using items already owned or licensed by the Library;
  • Save students time with an easy to use one-stop shop for articles, books, websites, magazines, newspapers, videos, and more;
  • Track student engagement with usage statistics on the items in your reading lists;
  • Easily reuse and revise course reading lists each term
  • Comply with copyright guidelines with the Library paying copyright fees if needed.

For more information about Leganto, check out this video:

Best Practices for Leganto

Here are tips from your friendly librarians:

  • Please plan ahead and allow 3-5 business days for your Leganto reading list to be processed. Additional time will be required if library staff have to purchase, digitize, or otherwise obtain access to requested materials.
  • Please read the copyright section in this guide so that you understand what you can legitimately use in your course.
  • Leganto should not be used solely as an alternative to students purchasing textbooks. If an electronic version is not available, Library staff will digitize an amount that falls within fair use.
  • Always link to articles located in library databases or on the Internet rather than downloading and posting them in D2L or Leganto.
  • You cannot post materials you have obtained through interlibrary loan or another institution. If you want to use material not owned by St. Kate's, contact your subject librarian. We will obtain articles and add OCR (which makes them accessible to screen readers).
  • If you need streaming media for your course that we don't own, contact your subject librarian. Please plan ahead as acquiring streaming rights is a time-intensive process. Due to the expense of streaming media licensing, we cannot guarantee that every item requested will be purchased.

How Do I Get Started?

There are three ways to set up a Leganto Reading List:

  • You can add it to your Brightspace D2L or Canvas course and then populate it. Start with Step 1 on the left.
  • The Library can set up the reading list, give you a permalink to it, and then you can populate it. Start with Step 2 on the left. 
  • You can contact your subject librarian and ask them to duplicate a list from a previous course
  • You can go directly to Leganto and create the list (making sure to note the exact course name in the list title and CRN in the description to allow the course to be properly attached on the admin side of Leganto)

Troubleshooting Access Issues

Issues accessing a Leganto reading list:

If you or your students are unable to access your course's Leganto reading list and are seeing an "Illegal Institution" error, it may be that you didn't set your reading list to open as an external resource. Make sure you have followed Step 2 from this page in D2L.


Issues accessing a citation:

If you or your students are having difficulty accessing library-owned material, it is either a browser issue or we have temporarily lost access. Try clearing your cache or switching to another browser first. If problems persist, contact your subject librarian.


Other issues:

We have other off campus troubleshooting tips on our Off-Campus Access to Library Resources guide

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