Jerusalem, Israel—April 28, 2021. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Ex Libris Leganto course reading list solution has been rolled out at South Africa's Stellenbosch University. Lecturers now benefit from simple end-to-end workflows for creating, managing, and sharing reading lists, while students can rapidly access their course content directly from the learning management system.
Before implementing the Leganto solution, Stellenbosch University used multiple approaches to the delivery of reading lists and their content to students. As a result, students had no consistent way of accessing course resources. In addition, none of the methods in use was conducive to the current paradigm of remote or contactless learning, and the lack of analytics data meant that the library did not have a comprehensive picture of usage or of the various types of resources assigned to students.
Tightly integrated with the Ex Libris Alma library services platform and the university's learning management system, the Leganto solution provides an environment in which students can actively engage with their lecturers, their peers, and their own learning. With the Leganto rollout, the feedback from lecturers has been very positive. They view the Leganto solution as a helpful tool that can be applied in different ways to facilitate their online teaching.
Benefits of the Leganto solution for the Stellenbosch library staff include improvements on internal workflows that significantly reduce the time spent on manual tasks. In addition, the process of creating Leganto reading lists offers new opportunities for collaboration between library staff, lecturers, and blended learning coordinators. Finally, Leganto analytics will help the library understand how students are using their course reading lists and will provide a basis for collection management decision-making.
"The implementation of the Leganto solution aligns with the core Stellenbosch University strategic themes and associated objectives of networked and collaborative teaching and learning by providing a learning-centered approach to reading materials," said Ellen Tise, senior director of Library and Information Services, Stellenbosch University. "The Leganto tool is seen as an innovative solution to increase the visibility and ease of use of reading lists where the students most need them—in their learning management system—and for this, the lecturers have high regard and appreciation."
"The Leganto reading list system joins other Ex Libris solutions in use at Stellenbosch University, including the Alma platform and Primo discovery and delivery services," commented Ofer Mosseri, ProQuest and Ex Libris corporate vice president, EMEA general manager. "With the Leganto tool, reading lists become a collaborative experience that boosts student engagement, fosters meaningful learning, maximizes the use of library collections, and addresses today's ever-increasing digital needs."
About Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch University (SU) is rooted in Africa and global in its reach. The University's positioning is guided by Vision 2040: to be Africa's leading research-intensive university, globally recognized as excellent, inclusive, and innovative, where staff and students advance knowledge in service of society. The University comprises 10 faculties: AgriSciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Economic and Management Sciences, Education, Engineering, Medicine and Health Sciences, Law, Military Science, Science, and Theology.
About Ex Libris
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