The ability to suppress the "Request Digitisation" link next to e-books in reading lists
We don't ever digitise from titles where we own an ebook version.
To avoid pointless requests and wasting the requester's time, we'd like the ability to suppress the "Request Digitisation" link for ebook items in reading lists.
That is, we don't want that link to appear to users if format = ebook.
I understand there will be a future development theme on integration between Digitised Content and Reading List modules - could this be considered under that theme?
This is is not currently in our near term development focus. It has been placed into moved to the longer term backlog.
Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.
Peter Turner commented
We have users how would like to see the the 'request digitisation' button removed for items where it makes no sense namely those with online box ticked in the metadata. It is very hard for academics to scan through the edit list view to check if all necessary digitisation requests have been submitted and / or monitor progress of these requests, because of the interference caused by the superfluous links under each online resource.
Susan Tegg commented
We would like this for articles too not just book chapters. Although a majority of our digitisations are for chapters or sections of books.
Susan Tegg commented
We support this suggestion. When academic staff are reviewing their list and are editing, they cannot see if the item has a link to an e-version or is a digitisation. Its annoying for them to go through the whole process of requesting a digitisation.
Peta Hanley commented
I agree, for the few times you might want a digitisation from something held in e an email would suffice, so to avoid confusion this would be a great addition, ie suppressing digitisation if already has an online resource link.
Rob Melocha commented
We are currently is a possition where eBook access is not sufficient to satisfy demand and so are occasionally scanning a chapter even when an eBook is available to help alleviate this. If option of placing a digitisation requests when an eBook were completely supressed we wouldn't be able to do this. An overide within the reading lists would be useful (an extra step that had to be taken before the request could be placed) might help.
It would also be useful if the link doesn't appear if the item is available online through a subscribed resource or on open access. This will make the workflows much easier to manage because items needing digitisation will be more easily identified when scanning down a list.
In principle this is a good idea, but we frequently have a problem whereby Aspire is convinced we have an e version of something that we only actually have in print. This kink would need to be sorted out first, or the suppression of ebooks could suppress these items too.