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  1. suppress googlebooks preview icon if the equivalent e-book is in stock

    We have a pretty healthy collection of (paid-for) e-books - and these show in the list as they should. But if there is also a googlebook for the same title, the googlebook preview icon also shows. Not only is this confusing for the student, but it diverts them from the paid-for resource

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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Since the introduction of the Online Resource button (whose appearance will also be improved – see top idea), where a resource is an ebook, the google preview is now suppressed.

  2. Supress 'no copies held' on e books

    Under the Library Availability banner when we have an Electronic book, we would like to suppress "no copies held" - we think that it will confuse our students

    4 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We have made some changes to the library availability display. Where an eBook is detected, we display an appropriate message instead of the availability information. This was in our last release

  3. Screen design for license

    At the top of every list we have a large prominent diaply for the license consisting of both the logo, including the conditions, and then another spelling out of the conditions again. This is both heavy on the eye (why repeat it twice?) and an incitement for academic staff to quibble. Could we just have the logo without spelling it out twice?

    2 votes
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  4. 13 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Following phase 3 of the database re-architecture, it is now possible to select multiple lists and remove from My Lists

  5. Allow students to rate resources within a list.

    Students can already note whether they have read an item or not but it would also be useful for academics and library staff to see how they evaluated individual items on a list.

    3 votes
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    This information is now reflected in the dashboard providing academics and library staff with feedback on how a student is interacting with the list via reading intentions and notes they are making.

  6. Search draft lists

    Would like to have the ability to search for lists that are 'Draft'. Would not like this to be available publically, but for library staff who are currently managing the set up of lists at implementation, to be able to search for lists that are in progress.

    8 votes
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  7. Enabling lists to be sorted by importance

    Allow a student to be able to see resources on a list grouped by their assigned importance i.e. all the essential reading, all the recommended etc

    5 votes
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  8. Change the display of journal article details

    The current display of issue, page end, page start, volume is not helpful to our users who would prefer: volume, issue, page start, page end

    12 votes
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  9. list creators (and Aspire administrators) to be able to gain stats on usage of their resources.

    list creators (and Aspire administrators) to be able to gain stats on usage of their resources.

    1 vote
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  10. Library availability - search alternatives link

    Increase text size/create button for links to both of the following...

    * View in library catalogue
    * Search the library catalogue for other formats/editions

    At the moment these links are too discrete.

    2 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This has been done as part of the Phase 4 improvements to the item view

  11. Search by list owner

    It would be helpful as sometimes the only information we have is the lecturer's name and subject area

    14 votes
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  12. Separator for multiple authors

    Where a resource has multiple authors the names are currently separated by a comma. This could be confusing for a non-Librarian as a comma is also used between first name and last name. Could a semi-colon be to separate authors instead?

    4 votes
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  13. My Lists - default sort by Title

    A small but helpful tweak - could the My Lists list default to an A-Z Title sort.

    19 votes
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  14. 'Back to top' / 'Back to TOC' link in long lists

    The TOC functionality allows downwards/forward navigation in long lists, but there is no equivalent upwards/backwards link. Could such a link be defaulted (premised on a business rule about list item length, perhaps)?

    3 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Improved ToC functionality now includes a docking ToC which is always visible as you scroll through a list and allows you to jump to any section

  15. Improving 'no image available'

    Instead of the generic 'no image available' icon (and not conflicting with the idea previously logged of having an upload/snapshot image tool), could Aspire support the idea of Tenancy specific generic icons which were resource type sensitive. So the workflow would be: 'This is a journal article; I have no image to accompany this; retrieve and display the Tenancy specific journal article icon'.

    2 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We’ve not gone for a tenancy specific option here, but we have iremoved the “no image available” display when no image is available.

  16. Selective export to Bibliographic Management Software (RefWorks, EndNote)

    Students should be able to:

    Flag, tag, tick or basket selected items in a Resource List (or Lists) and then export them to one of the standard Bibliographic Management applications, such as RefWorks or Endnote.

    For RefWorks, and other systems, a direct export facility should be offered; with a RIS formatted indirect export as a fallback.

    Aspire is not a Bibliographic Management application, but needs to integrate as easily as possible with applications which are. Students who are being encouraged to consult materials in their studies will want to be able to cite and refer to those materials in their…

    6 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    I’m marking this idea as completed. We’ve got some more enhancements to do here, including selective export of citations (which we’re planning to implement from the My Bookmarks screen) but the spirit of this idea is now delivered to the application. For enhancements, please raise new ideas or email LIS-ASPIRE where there is an active thread discussing this feature.

  17. Library Availability and electronic content

    When electronic material records are pulled from the Library Catalogue, the $856 URL is extracted to become the URL of the resource in Talis. In the absence of Holdings data for these items, the Library Availability look-up is reported as unavailable. It might be preferable if the look-up script checked (against a set of rules) the presence of certain values in the Aspire record for the resource (such as a Web address or electronic resource format) and then not attempt the look-up, but instead present the end user a message such as: "This electronic material is available online. Access it…

    1 vote
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  18. Export list as printable document (e.g. txt, rtf, doc, pdf)

    From an academic ...

    At the risk of becoming unpopular...I would like to be able to use the online reading list to populate a module handbook - but this new version does not have an easily copyable format.

    35 votes
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  19. Linking and 'new window' option

    I'm aware that (a) web accessibility compliance restricts certain linking behaviours and that (b) Talis are looking at the options to iframe more linked content *within* Aspire- but I would still like to explore the idea of an additional optional 'Open in a new window' button for the key external outbounds links in Aspire. As an end user I would like to have the option to keep my List in view in one window while navigating my way through outcomes (such as a Library Catalogue- online vendor- e-Content provider) in another. I find the experience of 'losing' my List as…

    10 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Please contact support if you wish to enable this behaviour on your tenancy

  20. Have you read this? - Tagging

    Responses from a recent Aspire focus group with undergraduates showed that although they felt the 'Have you read this' tagging was a useful feature- most would only use it if they could display a list of items tagged as 'planning to read' or 'have read'. Other suggestions were to indicate the 'read' status in the main resource list view.

    7 votes
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