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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.


    Logout Option

    If you have lost your user name 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
    • New for August! Associating a list with a course
    • New for August! Publishing a list to students
    • New for August! Sending a list for library review
    • New for August! Communicating with the library about lists and items in lists
    • New for August! Reusing (rolling over) a list for a new course
    • New for August! Granting access to students by creating permalinks to lists and sections

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    Instructor Guided Tours

    Video Guides

    New for August! A number of helpful how-to Leganto videos from YouTube have been added to the guided tours, under the Getting Started Videos section of the guided tours. The videos are viewable in an embedded window in the Leganto screen.
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    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.
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    Guided Help Videos
    In this table you can enable/disable the display of a video link in the guided tours 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 tours section and other Leganto UI elements, see Configuring Other Leganto UI Elements.
    Currently, in order for YouTube videos to be viewable in Leganto, the URL must be changed, as in the following example:

    This will not be necessary upon the September 2020 release.

    Cite It! Installation Video on the Cite IT! Window

    New for August! The Cite It! window includes a link to a video that explains how to install the Cite It! button. If you opened the guide to learn about Cite It!, the movie plays automatically.
    Cite It! Window

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

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    Cite_it_video_link parameter in Leganto Features table

    The Quick Start Welcome Screens (LTI)

    A 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 and/or roll over an existing course's reading lists to this course.


      Quick Start Welcome Screen - No Reading Lists

    Navigating the UI

    Leganto always displays a header bar, a left navigation sidebar, and a main, central pane. The left sidebar may be collapsed by default if the screen width is too narrow; select the expand icon Hide_Text_Icon.png at the bottom of the page to view the sidebar. The header bar includes on the left your institution's logo, and on the right a user menu, language menu (when your institution supports more than one language), and useful links (when configured).


    My Lists

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

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    Resize Sidebar Handle
    In addition, you can also collapse and expand the right pane.
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    Collapsing or Expanding the Right Pane

    The Lists, Collection, Find List, and Reports tabs have been moved from the left side of the screen in Leganto for desktop to the bottom of the screen for mobile devices, making it easier to use.

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    Navigation Bar on Mobile Device Screens

    The left sidebar includes the following links:

    • My 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 My Lists and Watched Lists.
    • My 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.
    • Reports – View usage information about the reading lists that you own or collaborate on. See Viewing Reports for Courses.

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

    • My Lists, as described above.
    • A reading list page - This page appears if you select a reading list in My 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 of 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.


    Language Menu


    Leganto in French

    Configuring Accessibility Settings

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


    Accessibility Menu Option


    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 view notifications on the Notifications tab in the left sidebar. You can filter the notifications that appear on this page.



    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.


    User Settings Option


    User Settings - Notification Option

    Getting Help and Viewing Release Notes

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


    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

    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.

    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.


    User Settings Menu

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


    User Settings - RefWorks Tab (your library must configure RefWorks credentials for this tab to appear correctly)


    User Settings - Zotero Tab


    User Settings - Mendeley Tab (your library must configure Mendeley credentials for this tab to appear correctly)

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



    More Tab with RefWorks Sub-tab

    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.


    Useful Links
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