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Reading Lists (Leganto)

a guide to managing Reading Lists and best practices in Leganto

Manage Reading Lists

Manage Reading Lists – Leganto for Program Directors/Managers  

Leganto is automatically added to Brightspace for all classes. CityU recommends that all required and recommended readings are listed on the Leganto Reading List. Any links to resources in the course shell are not monitored or maintained by the library. By instituting Leganto Reading Lists across all courses, we improve the student experience by standardizing the method in which students access materials. Keeping links out of the course shell also results in less instances of broken or outdated links. 

Program Manager/Director Responsibilities 

Program managers are responsible for adding, editing, deleting, or changing resources in the Master Reading List (MasterRL) based on course changes and updates.  

Each course at CityU has a MasterRL containing resources (both Required and Recommended) that is copied to all sections of that course. Only program directors/managers and library staff can see the MasterRL. These lists are copied over on a quarter-by-quarter basis.  

How do I gain access? 

Program Directors/Managers will see their MasterRLs on their Leganto landing page. If you do not see a MasterRL for a course you manage, please contact the course resource coordinator via and they will remedy the issue. 

Under no circumstances should Program Managers, Directors, or their admin create new MasterRLs. 

When can I make edits to their MasterRLs? 

Master Reading Lists are unlocked for 60 days, four times per year, so that edits can be made to the Reading Lists for the following quarter.

December 1 – January 31 for Spring quarter 

March 1 – April 30 for Summer quarter 

June 1 – July 31 for Fall quarter 

September 1 – October 31 for Winter quarter 


Edits made to the MasterRL will be reflected in the subsequent quarter’s section Reading List. After changes to a MasterRL are made, please make sure to press the blue “Library Review” button. 

Important note: Edits cannot be made outside of these windows. It is the responsibility of the Program Director/Manager to plan course updates accordingly. Library staff will not make edits to these lists outside of the above listed timeframes, so please do not ask. Any discrepancies between the course content and the Reading Lists that are not addressed by the above posted deadlines must be communicated by Program Directors/Managers directly to their instructors prior to the start of the quarter.  

How do I ensure that the library will review my edits? 

When Program Directors/Managers make changes to a MasterRL, they should finish by clicking the blue “Library Review” button.  

image of a Leganto Master Reading List with the "Library Review" button highlighted

Library staff is alerted and reviews the MasterRL to check the metadata (verify the ISBN, links, sticker price, etc.) as well as determine if the resources are available electronically through the library or must be purchased by students. 

How should I organize my Reading Lists? 

For information on how to best build and organize a Reading List, please see the Reading Lists Best Practices box, below.

Reading List Best Practices

As a program manager or director, you are responsible for ensuring that core resources for your courses have accurate and detailed reading lists. Materials that are required and that are linked in shells should be on the reading lists.

You can maximize the benefits of the reading lists by following these best practices. These tips will benefit you but they will also maintain consistency for students throughout programs and courses at CityU.

  • Add all items required and recommended that students will need to access throughout the quarter. Master reading lists copy over to section lists. Ensuring that all content is accurate helps your faculty and students access resources efficiently. In order to avoid confusion and errors, do not duplicate information into emails or alternate lists.
  • Keep the items organized by adding sections to your list. ex.: Week 1, Module 1, or by topic.
  • *NEW* Tag items within sections as "Required, "Recommended," or "Optional".

  • Link items directly to the library when available. Items from websites must be freely available or must have Creative Commons Licenses that enable you to share the item.
  • Add items that you want to use in future quarters to your "collection." Add tags to indicate which course the resource should be used for. 

yellow arrow to the option "copy to my collection"

Things to Avoid

  • PDFs should be added with caution. They are not automatically visible to students and must be approved by the library due to copyright restrictions. PDFs that are freely available online should be linked to the original website when possible. Items from your private collections cannot be added without copyright clearance for distribution.
  • Avoid linking to websites that are not reputable or reliable. ex.: ResearchGate. These websites have been known to host articles that the library cannot obtain in the collection. While this may seem beneficial, these articles are often uploaded without copyright clearance and they are often removed without warning. Using these items may cause confusion for students and faculty and effect the integrity of your course content.
  • Make sure to create new citations when you update editions of textbooks. Editing the current citation, can create errors within the metadata of the citation causing confusion and errors in student purchases.


Where Can I Learn More?

Where Can I Learn More? 

The short videos below will walk you through common tasks used in managing Reading Lists, including adding web and library resources, uploading documents, and saving items to your personal collection for later use. For the best user experience, view these videos in full-screen mode. 

Adding Library Resources to a Reading List

Adding Web Resources to a Reading List

Save and Reuse Course Content in a Collection

For additional information and training, see the external sites below: