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    Getting Started

    For an overview of Leganto features, workflows, and terminology, see Introduction to Leganto. In particular, note that a course management system (CMS) is sometimes called a virtual learning environment (VLE) or a learning management system (LMS), among other terms.

    Logging In and Out

    Students and instructors normally log into Leganto by selecting a link in the CMS. Login is automatic when your institution is configured for single sign-on. If you experience a problem when trying to log into Leganto this way, you can select Show More to see debugging information. In some cases, an instructor may see a Quick Start Welcome screen instead of the Login page or My Lists page; see The Quick Start Welcome Screens.

    You can directly log in to Leganto on the Login page at the Leganto URL (ask your library for this).


    Login Page

    After logging in, you see a Welcome screen, unless you or Ex Libris has disabled this. After closing the Welcome screen, you see the My Lists page. Logout by selecting Logout in the user menu.

    The Logout option.

    Logout option

    If you have lost your username or password, or require any assistance, contact your library.

    The Guided Tours

    Leganto users can follow the step-by-step visual instructions described in the following guided tours:

    • Adding an item based on a library resource
    • Adding a file to an item
    • Managing item tags
    • Adding a public note to an item
    • Managing an item's due date
    • Associating a list with a course
    • Publishing a list to students
    • Sending a list for library review
    • Communicating with the library about lists and items in lists
    • Reusing (rolling over) a list for a new course
    • Granting access to students by creating shareable links to lists and sections

    The option to view guided tours.png

    Instructor Guided Tours

    The display of the videos in the Guided Tours section is configured in the Guided Tours table, found in Leganto Configuration > Features > Guided Tours.

    Video Guides

    A number of helpful how-to Leganto videos from YouTube have been added to the Recommended Features, under the Guided Videos for instructors section. The videos are viewable in an embedded window in the Leganto screen.
    Getting Started Videos.
    Video Guides
    Video player embedded in Leganto
    The display of the videos in the Getting Started Videos section is configured in the Guided Videos table, found in Leganto Configuration > Features. In this table, you can enable/disable the display of a video link in the guided videos section, change the name of the link, change the URL of the link, and change the order of the link in the displayed list. For more details on configuring the guided videos section and other Leganto UI elements, see Configuring Other Leganto UI Elements.

    Cite It! Installation Video on the Cite IT! Window

    The Cite It! window includes a CITE IT! clipboard_e27687ef33eb537fbd7d75c35d75eefea.png button that you can drag and drop to your browser.
    The Cite It! installation button.
    Cite It! Window

    You can configure this link in the Leganto Features table, found in Leganto Configuration > Features > Leganto Features.

    The Quick Start Welcome Screens (LTI)

    The Quick Start Welcome Screens guide instructors on quickly setting up a course.

    To enable or disable the Quick Start Welcome screens when an instructor logs in from the CMS using a course link to a course that does not exist in Alma or does not have any reading lists:

    Set quickstart_screen_instructor to true or false in the Leganto Features code table (Configuration Menu > Leganto > Features > Leganto Features).

    The Quick Start Welcome screen appears to instructors who navigate to Leganto using an LTI course link in the following cases:

    • The course does not exist in Alma — When enabled by your library, you are offered the opportunity to create the course directly in Leganto.


      Quick Start Welcome Screen - Create a New Course
    • The course exists in Alma but does not have any reading lists — You can create reading lists, and, when enabled by your library, you can upload a reading list in a file (any file) and/or rollover an existing course's reading lists to this course. When uploading a file, a list is created with a default section and citation. The citation contains the uploaded file. The file includes a syllabus containing the list of learning materials for this course/list. 


      Quick Start Welcome Screen - No Reading Lists

    Navigating the UI

    Leganto always displays a header bar and a main, central pane. The header bar includes your institution's logo on the left, and a user menu, a language menu (when your institution supports more than one language), and useful links (when configured) on the right.

    The Lists pane.


    You can also resize the right pane using the resize handle.

    The ability to resize the sidebar.
    Resize Sidebar Handle
    In addition, you can also collapse and expand the right pane.
    Collapsing or Expanding the Right Pane.png
    Collapsing or expanding the right pane

    A mobile screenshot.

    Navigation Bar on Mobile Device Screens

    The hamburger icon clipboard_e5cda9a72debf1bda0ccf7b6a4cebf5e6.png includes the following links:

    • Lists — Leganto's home page, which displays the list of reading lists that a) you are owner or collaborator on and/or b) that you are watching. You can sort or filter the reading lists using the filters at the top of the page. See Managing Lists.
    • Collection — Leganto's citation manager. You can sort or filter the items using the filters at the top of the page. See My Collection.
    • Notifications — Notifications about your reading lists appear here. See Viewing Notifications / Recent Changes About a Reading List.
    • Find Lists — Search for other reading lists that you may want to view and/or watch. Suggested lists may appear at the bottom of this page. See Finding Reading Lists.

    When viewing Lists, the following pages may appear in the central pane:

    • Lists, as described above.
    • A reading list page — This page appears if you select a reading list in Lists. See Viewing a Reading List.
    • A citation details page — This page appears if you select a citation in a reading list page. The page appears as an overlay on the reading list page; when you close the page, you are returned to the reading list page. See Viewing a Citation.

    An item details page appears if you select an item in My Collection. This page is similar to the citation details page.

    A right sidebar also appears in several scenarios, including when viewing a reading list page, when searching for an item to add as a citation to a reading list, and when editing a citation or an item. All these scenarios are described below.

    Opening or Closing the Right Pane

    Depending on your user role, you can open or close the right pane using the close_right_pane flag.
    Closed by default, the following are the possible configurations for the right pane:
    • all —  closes the right pane to librarians, instructors, and students.
    • students — closes the right pane to students.
    • instructors — closes the right pane to instructors.
    • blank — leaving the Parameter Value field blank opens the right pane to all users.

    Setting the UI Language

    You can change the language of the Leganto interface using the language menu.

    The Language menu.

    Language menu

    Leganto in Hebrew.

    Leganto in Hebrew

    Configuring Accessibility Settings

    You can set the font size and contrast by selecting Accessibility Menu in the user menu.

    The Accessibility menu option.

    Accessibility Menu option

    The Accessibility Menu configuration.

    Accessibility Menu

    Viewing and Managing Notifications

    Certain changes to reading lists or citations create notifications that you can view on Leganto. When configured by your institution, these notifications are also sent to you by email.

    You can filter the notifications that appear on this page.

    The Notifications option.


    If your institution has enabled sending notifications by email, you can disable this in the user settings menu. Select User Settings in the user menu.

    The User Settings option.

    User Settings Option

    The User Settings Notification option.

    User Settings - Notification Option

    Getting Help and Viewing Release Notes

    When you first log in to Leganto, a series of help screens appear, unless you or Ex Libris has disabled this. You can access these screens at any time by selecting Help in the user menu.

    The Help option.

    Help Option

    Navigate the help screens using the top menu and sub-menu (the sub-menu is only available on the last page of the top menu).

    Help screens.

    Help Screens

    You can search the release notes by search key and by release. Note that if you select a different option in the first drop-down element (directly to the left of the search text box), you can also view new configuration features and big fixes that are relevant to librarians.

    You can define customized help pages for Leganto. To configure this, access the Help Pages mapping table at Configuration Menu > Leganto > Features > Help Pages. You can specify the customized URL by role and language. You can only add one language per role. Once configured, selecting Help takes the user to the defined URL according to the interface language.

    Leganto Help Pages.png

    Leganto Help Pages Table
    Librarians and course operators will see the help page defined as instructor. If the table is not customized, the existing help pages will continue to display. When a page is defined for a role for only some of the languages in use, if help is requested for a language that is not configured, the page for the first language configured is displayed.
    • Not all websites can be embedded in a second website.
    • The URL must begin with https:.

    Linking Leganto to an External Citation Manager

    If you use RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley citation managers, you can configure Leganto with the external site's credentials and then drag and drop these citations to Leganto.

    Enter the credentials in the user settings menu. Select User Settings in the user menu.

    The User Settings option.

    User Settings Menu

    Add your credentials by selecting the relevant tab and entering the information.

    Your library must configure RefWorks/Mendeley credentials for this tab to appear correctly.

    The User Settings RefWorks tab.

    User Settings - RefWorks tab

    The User Settings Zotero tab.

    User Settings - Zotero tab

    The User Settings Mendeley tab.

    User Settings - Mendeley tab

    After adding valid credentials, the citation manager appears in the ADD ITEMS section of the right sidebar when adding citations to a reading list, enabling you to drag and drop citations to the list.

    The add items section.

    Citation Managers

    Viewing Useful Links

    Your institution may have collated some web pages that it believes are of general interest to all students. To view one of these pages, select Useful Links at the top of Leganto and select the page. The page opens in a new browser tab.

    The useful links options.

    Useful Links
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