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Leganto - Course Reserves

Instruction and guidance for Faculty and Staff for using Leganto in Blackboard to manage their e-reserves

Tags - What are they and Why do I care?

Tagging is a feature within Course Reserves (Leganto) to inform both the Library and your students of your preferences regarding a given item.

Tagging menus can be found within your assembled list, seen below.

There are, in a sense, two ways to view the tags.

  • How you want your Students to consider a given reading, with the options at the top of the list of options
  • How you want Physical items to be handled in terms of lending options that are available

Tagging is REQUIRED with processing of physical items for Course Reserves holdings at our various Library locations.

What do the Tags Mean?

Some Tags are largely intended to convey significance of a given source for your students.  Others are intended to inform the University Libraries' of your preference for physical borrowing periods and/or digitization efforts. 

Student Oriented Tags:

  • Required
  • Recommended
  • Essential
  • Optional
  • Lecture Readings

Library Staff Oriented Tags:

  • Physical Reserves - 2 hours
  • Physical Reserves - media - 4 hours
  • Physical Reserves - 1 day
  • Physical Reserves - 3 days
  • Physical Reserves - 7 days
  • Reserves Purchase Order
  • Digitization Request

You may add more than one tag, though we do ask that tags of the Student Oriented set to be chosen thoughtfully, and the Library Staff Oriented set be limited to one.  This should alleviate confusion and reduce ambiguity for both Library Staff and Students.

Sending Your List to the Libraries

Once you have collected your desired materials, it is time for Library Review.

This should be done as a matter of course.  Library Review is absolutely REQUIRED for any form of physical materials, digitization, uploading of PDFs, and other unique materials and requests.

Library Review

The Library Review process should not take long, though this can be affected by how many items are included where we do not have any form of access or ownership, or that requires further Copyright Clearance investigation.

Publishing Your Lists

Publishing your Lists will make them available to your students through the Course Reserves (Leganto) Blackboard tool in the related Course.


Make sure the Lists in question are Associated with the appropriate course, and that you have created a Course Tool Link for easy navigation for your students to the collected content.

In addition to Course Association, you will be given a series of choices in terms of to whom your list will be published that looks like the image below. 

While the language in this box is somewhat misleading, it is recommended to select the ALL STUDENTS AT THE INSTITUTION option.  This will ensure students' access if they are viewing the Leganto Reading List by a means outside of Blackboard.

The selection of ANYONE can allow other instructors to search for your list.  This is useful for those Courses that have been standardized and/or have a large number of Sections to cut down on time in Course preparation for your colleagues across the University.

Exporting your Lists for Future Use

Once you have created a List in Leganto, you can export it into a file that you can then use in the future to add a ready-made list to a new Course.

This can be especially useful for new Faculty who are inheriting existing Courses with a well defined set of readings and materials for easy and immediate Importing to cut down on the time needed to prepare their Blackboard Course page for their students.



An Export of a List can be created in a variety of File Formats, shown right. 

  • The usual choice will be the *.lgn file type
  • The RIS option is useful for then Importing into a Tool like Zotero
  • The Word or PDF option is worthwhile for creating a separate document with embedded links to Leganto and the Libraries' resources for students who may need a persistent document if internet access is an obstacle
  • If you are unsure which option is best, Ask Your Librarian!  

Using an Existing List or Importing a List

There are two ways to drop a ready made List into Course Reserves (Leganto).  Both options are best done before adding any other materials or sources into a given Course's lists. 

  • An existing shared list
  • An exported list (*.lgn) file

Add the existing list or previous exported list, and then amend and/or add the sources as desired.

Importing a list from a file is relatively straight forward.  With the file in-hand, enter Course Reserves (Leganto) and from that initial page, select the Upload It choice as seen below and select the file from its location on your computer and you're in business.

If looking for an existing List, you may need to select the Leave this page and explore the application option at the bottom of the above screen.  Once within Course Reserves (Leganto), look for the FIND LISTS option on the left, shown below.

Upon selecting FIND LISTS you can then search by List Title, Course Title, Instructor, utilize Advanced Search options, or choose from a short range of Recommended Lists, as shown below.