Ability to search digital content module by bibliographic detail
Could it be made possible to search the digital content module by bibliographic detail?
This would allow us to check whether a particular extract is already in the collection and locate it, also to be aware of multiple articles from the same journal, etc.
Whilst the concierge checks the vault and copy limits on any requests received, there may be a need to check in advance of placing a request by digitisation staff, so improved searching is something we would like to address but 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.
Ian Long commented
Just wondering if there was any update about this planned idea as it would make searching for previous digitisations much easier. I feel this is one are where TADC is seriously lacking.
Melissa Campey commented
Related to this, we're also concerned that books may be withdrawn without people realising that there are digitisation requests in use from the book. Without being able to search by bibliographic details, how can we know not to withdraw something? I know it should be picked up in the rollover, but it could be too late by then.
Being able to search the vault would only solve part of the problem. It is the books that appear months after the request has been submitted, and you're waiting for a new edition of something before you can roll it over or accept it. Therefore it's never made it as far as the vault, but you have to look at thousands of requests as you can't remember what course it was for or who requested it. These are the ones that are really problematic for me. Although the vault search would be handy you can already do this aspect when you make a request, as it allows you to look for other requests for this book /edition.
Tania Rowlett commented
I agree, this is really needed. I found a book that we had marked as scanned and wanted to know what we had previously scanned and for what module (being aware of textbook substitution I didn't want to be scanning a different chapter for a different module for one particular course) but I couldn't drill down to anything useful.
I also need to be able to quickly type in a title/ISBN when someone is responding to a permission request (publishers don't always include the code or request number in their responses!) rather than trawl though my e-mails to find the original request.
This would be so useful. You know how someone requests a resource but it's not in stock or hasn't been published yet? Then 6 months later a book appears on your desk and you have to check through thousands of individual requests to find the matching one and waste hours of your time. Please vote for this one people- it will make all our lives easier!
Philip Testa commented
This is similar to Griffith's request to be able to "search the Vault", by title and author. It would be far quicker and easier to "search the vault" in TADC to see if a digitised item already exists than to have go through the exercise of finding and bookmarking the item, adding it to a list, manually completing the "request digitisation" form, which would create a TADC ticket that would need to be actioned/deleted.