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  1. Selective copy-and-paste of list items and sections

    With a dynamic course environment, existing lists sometimes need to be merged or disaggregrated to support changes in module or course provision.

    At present, the facility to 'copy to my Bookmarks' enables a Publisher to copy list items one-by-one to their My Bookmarks set and then add them one-by-one to a new destination list using the Edit feature.

    This can be a very laborious and time-consuming process when large scale item replication is required.

    Aspire could include a list View which enabled list Publishers to selectively tick the items in a list (including a one tick option for an entire…

    23 votes
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    15 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  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 while we focus on items in the development focus.

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

  2. Resource Type - 'Newspaper' (or similar)

    We're conscious of the risk of mixing up format and type, but both for the purposes of distinguishes materials within a list (and for citing those materials correctly) we'd like to see a Type which describes 'articles' which are not peer-reviewed academic journal articles, but news stories or discussion pieces in newspapers, magazines and professional or trade publications.

    4 votes
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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.

  3. Additional reports: list and item usage statistics

    We would like to suggest two additional reports for the Reports menu that would provide list and item usage statistics globally across departments and modules with the aim of demonstrating the value of reading lists and impact on item usage. One report for Page views and one for Item Views.

    Key fields we would like to see included are; page view (main list page), module code, module title, department, the number of students on the course, number of items on a list and for Item Views the item format.

    52 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Keji Adedeji responded

    The existing reporting infrastructure cannot report on usage data as it is stored differently. We will be doing some investigation into how usage data can be exposed.

  4. Automatic user creation upon first Shibboleth logon.

    It is possible for most Shibboleth IdPs to pass the data that is collected during account creation automatically.
    It would be a nice addition if the user accounts were created automatically rather than the user filling out the new user registration form.

    3 votes
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  5. Direct update of module hierarchy from SITs

    There are a number of Talis Aspire clients using hte SITs student information system. The module data on our VLE is updated directly from the SITs files. Would it be possible to develop a similar facility bewteen SITs and Talis Aspire?

    7 votes
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  6. Exclude Note field from being included in item count

    We would like the item count at the top of each list to include only actual resources, not the note fields that contain supplementary information.

    11 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Keji Adedeji responded

    We are investigating this as part of the in progress work to move to live reporting

  7. Rename Audio-visual document

    There are various requests for changes to theway Resource types are managed. Until these are resolved could we at least rename
    Audio-visual document to
    Audio-visual

    16 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  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.

  8. An 'edit notes and importance' button to be added within the screen for an individual item

    Would it be possible for an 'edit notes and importance' button to be added within the screen for an individual item?
    We are finding that when we are reviewing and re-editing lists that often the individual item needs a note adding to it and we are unable to do this from within the item screen itself and have to open a different page or a new tab in order to enter the note required. I have attached a screenshot of the item screen - what we would like(if possible) is an 'edit notes and importance' button added next to the…

    8 votes
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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. It will be merged with a similar existing idea.

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

  9. RESTful API

    Allow requests for simple return of list, section and item titles and urls via json.

    Intended to allow finer grain integration with VLE similar to that demoed by Sussex, but without relying on web scraping:

    http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/elearningteam/2013/12/10/integrating-reading-lists-talis-aspire/

    This would get the reading list content out of an iframe and into the html of the page, and allow the VLE theme to take consistent control of the display of the reading list material.

    Also allows for innovation by the VLE maintainers with relation to the adding and viewing of reading lists.

    Acknowledge potential issues with metrics capture Aspire side, but highly value…

    5 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Widgets & APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Our immediate integration focus is on creating standard integrations via LTI to enable embedding of list and list sections.

    Whilst RESTFUL APIs are something we would potentially like to explore, 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.

  10. Poem, short story, extract as resource types

    For our humanities academics these resource types would be a useful addition.

    6 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Resource Types  ·  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.

  11. 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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  12. music score

    Add music score to resource type

    10 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  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.

  13. Streamline route through to online books, journals etc.

    Clicking on a title of an item takes users to a page about that resource rather than the resource itself. For online items this is a pain and I've seen staff and students be completely put off by this (especially when most of the list contains online items). They don't notice the 'online resource' button to the right of the screen. They think it's an icon not the shortcut link they're looking for. I would much prefer the 'view in library catalogue'/ability to add notes etc. page to be the secondary link. This type of info should open in a…

    8 votes
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We have some ideas about a new approach to display of list item details which may address this.

    However, 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.

  14. Include the Ability to Add the 'Format' field within a bookmark

    Sometimes when bookmarking the 'Format' field will be automatically included in the record. When it is not, there is no option from the drop-down to add it. This must be a simple thing to rectify, and is causing us to use workarounds when listing eBooks where the field is not present.

    2 votes
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  15. Suggested improvements to My Notes & Reading Intentions

    The summary list of "my notes" and "my reading intentions" displayed on one's username profile page do not expire or archive. Further they seem disorganised and are without a date stamp to indicate when a note was left. Instead the lists grow to contain notes and data from every old list. The lists would get very long and disorganised due to intentions and notes left from past reading lists, leading the profile summary page to become of little use to students.

    For the My Notes and Reading Intentions sections, I recommend:
    1) sorting (e.g. by date);
    2) display the date…

    8 votes
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Improving this for students is something we would like to do, but is likely to need a theme in this area.

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

  16. Show lists linked to units within the hierarchy

    When viewing the hierarchy, it would be useful to quickly see which units have lists attached within a department. Would enable library staff to target units where there were no lists.

    8 votes
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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.

  17. Purchasing links from Reviews

    Would it be possible to utilise some of the TADC experience to make it possible to search for other/latest editions in both catalogue and suppliers sites not just the one listed.

    2 votes
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    The capabilities in TADC utilise checks against services such as xISBN to determine latest editions. We are investigating utilising the capabilities which drive the Quick Add and Dashboard 2.0 features (based on data served from NBD) in the reviews refresh we are investigating at the moment. Deeper integrations with suppliers are not currently in scope for the improvements we would like to make, but they are certainly areas of investigation for the future.

  18. Report a problem (with this resource)

    When users click on a broken link, they should have the option of reporting the problem. "Report a problem (with this resource)" which, when taken, should include the link and basic metadata for the resource with the option for the user to provide usual name/email/description information.

    42 votes
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  19. My Notes - To be able to identify which List the Item is from

    When a student clicks on their profile and looks at 'My notes', the notes are displayed with a link to the item the note was placed on, however when clicking through to the item there is no indication as to what list or lists the item is on.

    This almost defeats the purpose of a number of notes that a student may choose to place on an item if they are then unable to identify which list the item they placed that note on came from.

    1 vote
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    I agree that this could be confusing, especially if a student has used that feature in anger and made a lot of notes.

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

  20. Manual entry - fields appear automatically according to resource type selected

    Would be helpful, when using manual add, if once you had selected the resource type, a standard set of entry fields could appear automatically, as appropriate to the type of resource, e.g. for article, 'author', 'page numbers', 'part of' & for journals, 'volume', 'date' etc.

    28 votes
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