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New system for reserving course materials rolls out May 8

Leganto logo By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

PULLMAN, Wash. – A new online system to reserve course materials, ExLibris Leganto, will be made available to Washington State University faculty and students on Monday, May 8.

The new system integrates directly into Blackboard without the need for secondary passwords, is mobile friendly and can be customized for better accessibility.

Leganto allows users to see physical and e-reserves for courses in one place and accommodates a variety of media types.

Instructors can incorporate citations directly from a database into a reading list and communicate online with students about resources and more. WSU librarians will use the system to support faculty in developing reading lists, handling copyright clearance and providing course materials more efficiently.

WSU Libraries held a live demonstration of Leganto on Jan. 5 and introduced a pilot of the system in select courses during the spring semester, before rolling it out to the entire campus.

“The ultimate goal of any course reserves management tool is to provide students with the best materials for their courses at the lowest cost, and to do so in an easy-to-use interface,” said Blake Galbreath, WSU Libraries’ core services librarian. “We believe that Leganto does a great job of accomplishing this.”

Sue Shipman, access services manager at the WSU Libraries, encourages faculty to make their course reserves early. “The sooner you turn in your reserves, the faster they will be available to your students,” she said.

To learn more about Leganto, visit http://www.exlibrisgroup.com/category/Leganto.

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