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  1. "Refresh all book metadata" option to catch bulk changes to e.g. ebook URLs

    We have recently applied a change to all our ebook URLs on our catalogue.

    I would like Talis to add an option to refresh *all* my book metadata, by re-polling our catalogue for every book item in Aspire with a Local Control Number, updating any fields which have changed.

    Without this, I have to identify and manually update all ebook records to update the URLs.

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      6 comments  ·  Config & Customisation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

      The metadata refresh functionality is an area I would like us to review for improvements, which may include being able to select the pieces of data that are updated e.g. the 856 information.

      We think this is a valuable idea and something we will wish to investigate in the future, however its not in our near term development focus so its on our longer term backlog

    • Change 'review complete' notification recipient

      Many of our lists are added and sent for review by library staff or temps. When we complete the review the notification goes back to them rather than the relevant academic even when the correct list owner has been assigned. It would be useful if there was an option for staff to alter the recipient at this stage by pasting in the correct email address.

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        backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

        This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

        Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

      • Customisable Text in Role Invite

        Rather than be stuck with the set text provided out of the box, it would be good if each site could customize the text and language they would like to use when sending out the Role Invitation email.

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          backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

          This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

          Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

        • Customisation of the submit for publishing dialogue box

          when submitting a list for publication we would like to customise this message box (see attached) to prompt the list creator to submit the list for review. We would like both to be able to customise the text and for there to be a box to click through to review.

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            backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

            We do intend to investigate the introduction of a dictionary tool which would enable configuration of local messages. This will be reviewed and prioritised following the completion of the Db re-architecture but is not a current priority

          • Mouse rollover on the importance settings

            We would like the option to add a mouse rollover/popup describing each of our importance settings to academics creating lists, to help implement our purchasing policy.

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            • Preset metadata fields for 'Has Part/Part Of'

              Would it be possible to have a number of preset fields that were automatically generated after selecting resource type?

              For example, after selecting chapter or article, could Aspire automatically generate fields for author, pages, date, web address? And then adding volume and issue when selecting article.

              And also have a different set of preset fields for book, journal etc in 'Is Part Of' if creating a bookmark from scratch.

              It would be a great time saving feature for our team here if it was possible. It would also encourage accurate and complete metadata on every bookmark.

              4 votes
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              • Edit dropdown menu for teaching periods when creating a new list

                When a new list is created, the options to select the teaching period are arranged in chronological order from oldest to newest. Given the large number of teaching periods that we currently have in the Monash tenancy, this makes it a slow task to find the latest, relevant teaching period.

                At Monash, our preference is to be given edit rights to add and remove the teaching periods from this drop down menu at will rather than submitting a Support Task; which is easy to forget to do.

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                • Customise options available for bib export

                  Maybe not an entirely new idea, but we'd like to be able to customise the drop-down list of export options for lists. Our users do not have access to RefWorks, so that's one option that we would remove.

                  3 votes
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                  • Adding a favicon

                    When we go to our tenancy of Aspire, there is no favicon, however it should be using our Brunel University one.

                    Adding this should either be included in implementation, or should be added to the branding console (though it's not the sort of thing you want to change often, more like the main institution logo).

                    3 votes
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                    • Making Aspire content searchable/discoverable in Resource Discovery Tools.

                      We would like to be able to search Aspire via a Resource Discovery Tool. As we are trying to simplify searching for resources as easy as possible, it makes sense for Aspire to be included in the targets the tool can search.

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                        2 comments  ·  Config & Customisation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                        This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

                        Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

                      • Selecting permission levels when inviting list publishers

                        One of our lecturers is keen to use her list collaboratively with students and staff but is reluctant to invite all the students as list publishers, because they would be given all the permissions. She would just want them to add resources to the list to share. Could a checkbox be added to the list of permissions so a list owner could select which permissions to assign?

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                          backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                          Permissions are tied to roles, so I’m not sure we would expose the permissions. However, it is a good idea to allow the list owner to determine the capabilities given to people they invite to share their list e.g.providing the option to invite publishers or invite list creator (where that role is configured with the correct permissions). This is on the Backlog for now as we would like to look at this, but at a later date

                        • Add customisation to "Library Availability" section

                          The Library Availability section of the item details page has fixed headers. (Collection, Shelf Mark, Availability.) We would find it very useful to be able to customise these headers to match our in-house terminology to give a consistent user experience. Specifically, we'd like to be able to use the term "Classmark" rather than "Shelf Mark".

                          More generally, this may be useful to match terminology to different LMSs, so that institutional terminology can kept consistent across systems.

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                            • Customisable Reading Intentions

                              We would like to be able to rename the reading intentions students can select for each bookmark. We currently use "Will read", "Reading now", "Have read" and "Won't read". However an academic recently said that some of these (particularly "Won't read") could be reworded in a more positive way, such as "Student recommended".
                              Some text in Aspire Reading Lists is already customisable; I know the text for review outcomes can already be changed by Talis, so this would be a similar development.

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