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  1. Enable "Share item" for List Publishers / editors - New List View/Edit

    At present, if you are a List Publisher / in edit mode in the new List View/Edit, you don't have the option to 'share' an item from the drop down menu / ellipsis when you're in a list. See my screenshot "No Share".

    The only way you can bring this up is if you go to View > As Student, and then the option to Share the item is visible. See my screenshot "Yes Share".

    It is primarily list editors and academics who need to share items, particularly with the library if there is a broken link or the content…

    15 votes
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  2. Ability to select lists for rollover

    Add the ability to rollover selected lists rather than all lists in a teaching period. We frequently have units for example which run in semester one in one year, and then semester two in the next. Hence, we need to be able to rollover semester one units to different teaching periods.

    7 votes
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  3. Expand list of academic disciplines and/or make the list customizable

    Expand list of academic disciplines and/or make the list customizable.

    We have received a request to add Built Environment to the list as there is no equivalent discipline available

    4 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Users & Roles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Talis Aspire Reading Lists (TARL) – Profile screen in Talis Aspire Reading Lists no longer asks for ‘Main Discipline’, this was based on feedback, that it didn’t cover enough variation or localisation on subjects. As it wasn’t mandatory, no meaningful trends could be gleamed from the data available so we decided this was no longer adding value and have therefore removed. We will keep an open watch on this to see the feedback that we get from this being removed.

  4. Dropdown menu when editing lists so references can be moved to a particular week rather than needing to be dragged and dropped

    A few academic staff at our institution have found it frustrating and time consuming to move references from one week to another when editing their reading lists using the existing drag and drop method. It would be helpful if, in edit mode, there was a 'move to' option whereby a reference could, for example, be moved from Week 1 to Week 9 without the need to drag it all the way down to the bottom of the reading list. It would be good if this could work along the same lines as the 'create & add to list' option when…

    14 votes
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  5. Saving bookmarks before deleting items in new list view

    It would be useful to have the 'add to my bookmarks' function on the edit view, so that you can save the bookmark in case of later need on that view before deleting an item from the list.

    Currently, to save the bookmark you need to be in the published view and then switch to the edit view to delete the item. It would be useful to have this all available in edit when working on lists which have been added without bookmarks already in place.

    2 votes
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  6. Include edition field in item reports

    The all items report includes most of the metadata that belongs to an item, but does not include the edition statement. Doing so would make it possible to see at a glance what items are added to lists and how they are formatted - identify edition statements in words, for example, which have implications for reference formatting. The editions functionality in reviews does something different, and does not allow you to create reports like this. Given how few fields there are in item records, we should be able to report on all of them.

    2 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have released a change to the All List items report export, you can now view the following data:

    Edition

    This will help you identifying editions used in reading lists across your tenancy.

  7. Include call number and location of item on one interface for students

    At the moment, the only way to see a call number of a book (if we have it of course) is to click on the item, taking us away from the long list or resources. This addition may encourage more lecturers to use Talis as all the relevant item location information will be available on one interface, making it then suitable for printing. Just a quick idea I had after a reading list meeting.

    3 votes
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  8. Date item added to the reading list to be visible in Reviews 2.0

    While this is not crucial to our workflows, we have regularly found the date within the “added column” useful information. We realise that the list within 2.0 automatically sorts with the most recent items at the top, but the date added has in the past provided useful contextual information.

    5 votes
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  9. Reviews 2 - Make "All instances of this item" the default view in the item pane

    “All instances of this item” should be made the default view, when looking at the review history notes within each item in Reviews 2.

    This cross-list functionality where the Acquisitions team can see each other’s review notes is one of the improved aspects of Reviews 2.

    Being able to view notes on "All Instances of this item" saves time, particularly with multiple lists submitted for review by the same owner, where there is considerable crossover of the same texts appearing on different lists, and the Acquisitions decision has already been made.

    Having it as the default view, instead of just…

    16 votes
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  10. Only cross-reference Books in "View Breakdown" Reviews 2 - or display the Material Type

    The “View Breakdown” figures should only cross-reference Books that appear on other lists.
    It should not cross-reference resources that have been created as Chapters.

    From an acquisitions perspective, books are treated very differently to chapters.

    If only a chapter is needed, it can be scanned and the digitised reading provided to the students at a low cost.

    If the entire book is needed, we will purchase the required number of copies.

    The View Breakdown tool cross-references books that appear on other lists AND chapters (with the same ‘parent’ ISBN) – without making any visible distinction between the two. This means…

    13 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have added Resource type(s) to the ‘Student no.:’ – ‘View Breakdown’ screen within Reviews as a consultancy request from London School of Economics. It was felt others may find this a useful addition so has been enabled for all tenancies.

  11. Search by item

    It would be really useful for librarians doing stock work to be able to search Aspire by item to see if an item they are reviewing is on a reading list.

    Such a search feature may also be useful to academics wanting to check they have a particular item on any of their lists without having to search each list.

    7 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have introduced three new filters on the All List items report which should make it easier to search for and report on specific works, Title, ISBN-10 and ISBN-13.

    If this is still something you feel would benefit academics than please do raise a new idea.

  12. 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.

    1 vote
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  13. Null read status

    We have had student feedback that if they accidentally set a Read Status, the available options (Will read/Reading now/Have read/Won't read) are not always applicable. We would like the option to be able to revert back to a 'null' read status.

    3 votes
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  14. Populating user registration fileds.

    When a user loggs in for the First Time, we know who they are.
    We can send their name and email address to prepopulate the Registration Fieds in the form.
    Please can this functionality be developped for Shibboleth Users.

    19 votes
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  15. digitisations

    Can we change the wording in reading lists for digitised readings to 'PDF' rather than 'digitisation" and 'click here to get pdf' rather than
    'To view the digitised content for this item please log in'.
    I dont think some people understand the word digitisation and that they have to click on that to see the reading. Today I had an academic who also wanted this information higher up in the page because she didnt even see it

    6 votes
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    The new list view has allowed us to review the wording and how a digitisation is linked to, to make this more inline with the other item information in the list. This should resolve the issue of students not being able to spot the link to the digitisation.

  16. All Lists report to flag TADC digitisations

    The All Lists report should include a column showing the TADC digitisation availability in some way - bundle URL or TADC record number would be useful. I noticed this absence when using the All Lists report to check on chapters which might require digitisation/purchase as ebooks across our tenancy.

    8 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have released a change to the All List items report export, you can now view the following data:

    Talis Aspire Digitised Content (TADC) Request ID
    TADC Request Status
    TADC Bundle ID

    This resolves the issue raised here on knowing if an item has a digitisation linked to it and how to locate it.

    If there are further changes you would like to see please raise a new idea.

  17. ability to filter by library notes

    We have a number of long lists and academics tend to add notes to lists such as 'please buy new edition' which on a 300+ item list is hard to find - could the reviews screen be updated to allow you to filter by library notes or at least sort the table by the library notes column?

    28 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We are investigating the possibility of this capability in the reviews refresh theme

  18. Automatic request review

    Currently, a list can be published without a review being requested. Our preferred option would be for an 'automatic' review to be sent whenever a list was published for the first time, or indeed updated. Ideally, we want Aspire to force a review to library staff whenever a list is created/edited and published so that the library is aware of new list content.

    23 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This is now done, please contact support if you would like this option enabled

  19. In Chapter and Article records, set the "Search the library for other formats/editions" option to use the metadata for the book etc.

    The bookmark for a book chapter or journal article currently searches the library for other formats/editions based on the first name of the author of the article or chapter, which is unlikely to fulfil the point of the search. It would be better if the bookmarks for chapters and articles used the metadata for the book or journal they are part of to search the library catalogue as this is more likely to bring up relevant results.

    23 votes
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    We have completed this so that when searching using the “View other formats/editions” the search now uses the metadata for the book/journal rather than searching by chapter/article.

  20. Ability to set default link for Online Resource button

    At present when bookmarking electronic material the default order for links used for the Online Resource button is:


    1. Open URL

    2. DOI

    3. Web Address

    It would be useful if this could be configured for individual tenancies, as some customers may wish to have a different default order.

    13 votes
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