Jerusalem, Israel—September 12, 2016. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to be celebrating the first anniversary of the launch of the Ex Libris Leganto course resource list solution. Today, tens of thousands of instructors, students, and librarians are using the collaborative, cloud based solution, and other customers are joining the Leganto community at a rapid pace.
With Leganto, instructors easily create, manage, and evaluate course resource lists consisting of materials of all types; students have access to all their course materials from a single location; and the library becomes a more active partner in the teaching and learning process, able to optimally address the institution's academic goals.
The past year has been an exciting one for Leganto, which has been chosen by more than 20 customers in nine countries, with 10 sites in production. Institutions that have recently opted for Leganto include Australia's Western Sydney University and Australian Catholic University, the University of Sheffield in the UK, and the University of Limerick in Ireland.
Leganto was developed to bridge the gap between instructors, students, and the library surrounding course resources. The contributions of five development partners—UNSW in Australia, Imperial College London and Kingston University in the UK, KU Leuven in Belgium, and the University of Oklahoma in the United States—helped Leganto meet the needs of academic institutions worldwide.
"The key is for our academic staff to find the system intuitive and friendly," explained University Librarian Martin Borchert of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. "Leganto makes the creation and maintenance of reading lists much easier for instructors. The result is that academic staff members recommend the system to their colleagues, increasing the adoption of Leganto across departments. In addition, Leganto has positioned the library extremely well to support our planned expansion of online learning, in accordance with the UNSW 2025 Strategic Plan."
Chris Banks, director of library services at Imperial College London, commented: "The integration of reading lists with Alma is central to Leganto. It helps libraries scale up to support more courses and makes library work with academic staff and students much more efficient. As a development partner working with Ex Libris, Imperial started the Leganto rollout last year at two faculties. We have now expanded our use of Leganto to support all faculties and have seen a huge increase in uptake of the tool."
"Leganto serves as a collaborative tool for academic staff, students, and librarians, increasing student engagement," said Dr Clarissa Wilks, dean of learning and teaching at Kingston University. "Leganto has proven itself at Kingston from day one, with widespread adoption by both academic staff and librarians and a constant increase in day-to-day use. The integration of Leganto with Alma and with our virtual learning environment enables our academic staff and students to enjoy the benefit of course reading lists that are up to date and easy to create, manage, evaluate, and use."
Carl Grant, associate dean for knowledge services and the chief technology officer at the University of Oklahoma Libraries, was also impressed by the contribution of Leganto to librarian-instructor collaboration and noted, "The need for such a solution was clear to us, so we decided to join the development partnership. With Leganto, instructors' choices of course materials are automatically shared with the library, so we can make materials of all types available in a timely matter, mitigate the risk of copyright breaches, and ensure the proper use of our collections. What is more, Leganto Analytics helps us understand usage patterns and develop library collections that best support the needs of our faculty members and students."
Shlomi Kringel, Ex Libris vice president of discovery and delivery solutions, remarked, "We are excited to see the growing adoption of Leganto by instructors and students and the number of lists and citations that are added on a daily basis. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the Leganto community and helping libraries leverage their expertise and demonstrate their value to teaching and learning at their institutions."
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