Chicago, Illinois—July 21, 2020. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that Rice University has signed an agreement with Ex Libris to implement the company's Leganto course resource list solution. Rice is the 200th institution to select the Leganto solution to support the increased role of library resources in the physical and virtual classrooms.
Rice University's library anticipates that during the 2020-2021 academic year, the use of printed course reserves will not be feasible because of the necessary shift to online learning. Instead, Rice library staff and faculty members will collaborate using the Leganto solution, discovering electronic resources and making them available through the university's Canvas learning management platform. The university aims to maximize the use of the resources to which it subscribes and, when acquiring new electronic assets, to seek open-access (OA) content and open educational resources (OER).
The Leganto solution will extend the role of the library in online teaching and learning by supporting course resource needs, maintaining textbook affordability through library-owned resources and pay-per-use copyright licensing models, and encouraging faculty to make the most of course reserves services.
The Leganto resource list solution is built on the Ex Libris higher-ed platform, and so it will work smoothly with the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and Primo discovery and delivery solution already in use at Rice University. The integrated workflows within the Ex Libris higher-ed platform and the integration of Leganto with the university's Canvas platform will enable faculty members to quickly discover resources that the library owns or subscribes to and add them to the learning management system in shareable resource lists. Detailed analytics and reports will show which assets are in demand and will also highlight valuable but under-used assets. Other Leganto features will encourage students to discuss, recommend, and share resources.
"In the current and future academic environment, it is a tremendous advantage to have a holistic solution for creating lists of course-assigned materials that integrate with both our library system and the learning management system," said Rice University's Director of Library Technology Denis Galvin. "The Leganto solution will put everything into one place, enabling our faculty and students to benefit from seamless access to course resources and increasing the library's impact on student success."
"Ex Libris is delighted to welcome Rice University to our rapidly growing Leganto user community," commented Eric Hines, president of Ex Libris North America. "The 2020 pandemic has brought academia to the tipping point. Rice is joining many other university libraries that have been using Leganto to ease the transition to online learning."
About Rice University
Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Texas, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation's top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice's undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 4 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger's Personal Finance.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based SaaS solutions that enable institutions and their individual users to create, manage, and share knowledge. In close collaboration with its customers and the broader community, Ex Libris develops creative solutions that increase library productivity, maximize the impact of research activities, enhance teaching and learning, and drive student mobile engagement. Ex Libris serves over 7,500 customers in 90 countries. For more information, see our website and join us on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.