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Reading Lists: Guide for Academic Staff

Last updated: 24/05/23

Create a reading list

Your Reading Lists for each course are accessed through your Blackboard account. 

Refer to the tabs below for more information.  

  1. Login to Blackboard.
  2. Navigate to the relevant course.
  3. In the left hand menu, navigate to Learning Material (or the specific section of your Blackboard that you would like to include Leganto materials).
  4. From the menu click Tools More Tools.
  5. Select Leganto Reading List - start here.
NOTE: Don't change this name, as it is an instruction to your students when they first access your Reading List. 


  1. Click Submit.


  1. The link will now appear in your Learning Materials page, and will remain there unless you remove it .
  2. Click the link and you will be taken to the Leganto dashboard, embedded within Blackboard. 

Once in Leganto, you will need to follow the instructions below to create a new list. 

  1. Click on New List.
  2. Type the full course name (not including course code) into the Title field. 
  3. Click Create.

You will be taken to a screen to Select a Template.

  1. If you would like to use an existing template, click on the relevant box (e.g. Week Template creates a list that is divided into weeks of the semester). 
    1. If you would like to start from scratch, select Default
NOTE: If the Library has received information about textbooks required for your course outside of Leganto (e.g. a booklist from your School), a list may have already been created for you. Please add any extra resources to this existing list.  

You will now need to associate your list to a course. This step must be completed so that the list is visible to your students in their own Blackboard. 

  1. Once you have created your list and selected a template, click on the Associate List button.
  2. Click into the Look up course box, and type in the course code or course name.
  3. Select the correct code for the appropriate study period (e.g. F-NURS5000-22S1-SP1 = Semester 1, 2022). 
NOTE: The dates will automatically populate based on the dates in Blackboard. The number of participates will also automatically update based on enrolments in the course. 


  1. Click Associate & close.  

 You can use the same list across multiple courses if the content of the Reading List is going to be exactly the same.  

NOTE: If your Reading List is associated with two courses, the changes you make in the list will be seen by the students in both courses. 


  1. Open the Reading List you are planning to use across multiple courses.
  2. Click on the ellipses [...] menu in the top of your screen. 
  3. Select Manage course association from the drop down menu.

  1. You can see which course the list is currently associated with, and you have the option to look up and add a course.
  2. To associate the Reading List with another course, search by course code (or title).
  3. Click the correct course from the drop down and select Associate & Close.


You can sort your resources into various sections, depending on how you would like your list to be organised. 

Create a section

  1. From within the Reading List you will be working on, click on New Section near the top of your page.
  1. Give the section a title (e.g. Week 1).
  2. Give the section a description if desired.
  3. You can allocate dates that this section will be visible to your students. Or you can leave the dates blank if you would like the section to be visible for the whole semester.
  4. Click Create.
  5. Repeat the steps above for each new section that is required.

Edit a section

  1. Click on the ellipses [...] menu on the right side of the section.
  2. Click Edit Section.
  3. Change the information you would like to edit (e.g. Description), and click Save

Move a section

  1. Hover your mouse over the section you would like to move.
  2. Move your mouse to the blue bar that appears on the right side of the section.
  3. Click and drag to the desired destination.

Delete a section

  1. Click on the ellipses menu on the right side of the section.
  2. Click Delete Section.
NOTE: if you have any citations within this section they will all be deleted. This cannot be undone.