JERUSALEM, Feb. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that the Ex Libris Leganto™ course resource list solution is now live at 45 institutions, providing instructors, students, and librarians with all the functionality needed for creating, maintaining, and using reading lists.
A banner year for the Leganto solution, 2017 saw a great increase in the number of Leganto customers. A total of 77 institutions in 15 countries, including two consortia—Cooperating Libraries In Consortium (CLIC) in Minnesota and the BIBSYS Library System Consortium in Norway—have opted for the resource list solution.
Institutions using Leganto resource lists have found that the flow of information and resources between libraries, academic staff, and students has improved dramatically. The libraries have become more central to teaching and learning while optimizing staff time through automated workflows. In addition, the Leganto solution is helping lower the costs of course materials for both students and libraries by automatically identifying resources that are available through the library, alerting the library of materials that have been requested, and supporting pay-per-use copyright licensing.
University of Denver Access Services Librarian Ryan Buller explained, "This is our first semester using the Leganto reading list solution. We are confident that students will enjoy the ease with which they can now access course readings, and we anticipate that the simple Leganto interface will enable faculty members to create reading lists by themselves. These benefits should result in greater usage of our library's resources and a lowering of the cost of materials for students."
Angela Laurins, manager of Library Learning Services at the University of Edinburgh, commented, "Using the Leganto solution for our Resource Lists service has enabled us to improve workflows and connections between teams who create lists, acquire content, and manage print collections to support taught courses. Leganto helps us achieve our objective of providing timely access to resources in sufficient quantities and in a consistent way for students. The number of courses using the Resource Lists service has increased since we implemented the Leganto system, and we have seen greater engagement with the service by academic staff than in previous years. Using the Alma Analytics module, we're hoping to be able to join cost analysis with usage in all areas (including Leganto lists) and to provide benchmark statistics and analyses of trends over time."
Curtin University Library Associate Director Peter Green said, "Now embedded as an essential part of the learning environment at Curtin University, the Leganto reading list solution has brought the library closer to our academic partners and improved the learning environment for students. The creation of over 1,000 reading lists with nearly 40,000 citations in our first full year of operation has provided our nearly 900 instructors and a cohort of over 35,000 students with more than 300,000 full-text views—quite an achievement and one that reflects Curtin University's focus on innovation and excellence."
Shlomi Kringel, Ex Libris vice president of learning and research solutions, commented, "We are excited to see the remarkable adoption of the Leganto resource list solution by instructors and students around the world. We look forward to helping even more institutions create an engaging teaching and learning experience while reducing the cost of course resources."
About the University of Denver
Founded in 1864, the University of Denver (DU), located in Denver, Colorado, is committed to engaging with students in advancing scholarly inquiry, cultivating critical and creative thought, and generating knowledge. The University strives to educate the 21st-century citizens and leaders needed in its organizations and communities. The University of Denver is ranked among the country's top 100 universities, and the Institute of International Education ranks DU first in the nation among doctoral and research institutions in the percentage of undergraduate students participating in study-abroad programs.
For additional information, visit the University of Denver's homepage at www.du.edu.
About the University of Edinburgh
A member of the elite Russell Group of universities, the University of Edinburgh is a world-leading center of academic excellence. With a history dating back to 1583, it is one of the United Kingdom's oldest universities and Scotland's largest. Graduates of the University signed the United States Declaration of Independence, founded Ivy League schools, and brought modern medicine to China and post-colonial government to Africa. Edinburgh's graduates have been awarded Nobel prizes, won Olympic medals, traveled into space, and written some of the world's most-read books. Among the University's former students are naturalist Charles Darwin, philosopher David Hume, and Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Innovations linked to Edinburgh include the thesaurus, the tuberculosis vaccine, and Dolly the Sheep, the world's first cloned mammal.
Edinburgh provides a high-quality learning and teaching environment for over 23,300 undergraduates, more than 8,600 taught postgraduates, and 4,500 research postgraduates. The library's holdings consist of over 3.8 million books, e-books, and e-journals, with print resources housed in the purpose-built eight-story Main Library building at George Square.
For more information about the university, see http://www.ed.ac.uk.
About Curtin University
Curtin University is an internationally respected research and teaching institution based in Perth, Australia, with campuses in Sydney, Malaysia, and Singapore. Established in 1966 as the Western Australian Institute of Technology (WAIT), the institution gained university status and was renamed Curtin University of Technology in 1987. In 2010, the University changed its name to Curtin University to reflect the breadth of its offerings. Home to nearly 47,000 students and graduate students, the University offers a wide range of programs in business, the humanities, health sciences, resources, engineering, and science.
For more information, see www.curtin.edu.au.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based solutions for higher education. Offering SaaS solutions for the management and discovery of the full spectrum of library and scholarly materials, as well as mobile campus solutions driving student engagement and success, Ex Libris serves thousands of customers in 90 countries. For more information about Ex Libris, see our website, and join us on Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter.