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  1. Differentiation between Chapters and Extracts in Reading lists to enhance integration with TADC requests

    We use Chapter/books in reading lists, then when digitisations are requested it is assumed they are complete chapters when we might only want a small section. or sections of the book. We would like the option to add extracts/sections here. At present we can only add one page range and we would also need multiple page ranges to be added
    . When we then request a digitisation, the correct section rather than complete chapter would be selected thereby hopefully lessening the number of referrals needed in TADC.

    3 votes
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  2. Misleading messages...

    When there's a connection problem between the catalogue and Aspire, the message in Aspire reads "This item is not available" - a little misleading. Would it be better to read something like "Information on this item is not available, please check the catalogue for more details"?

    2 votes
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  3. View items alphabetically

    I would like to view items alphabetically by author

    3 votes
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  4. Editing the note on a bookmarked item

    At present it is possible to add a note to an item at the point of bookmarking, but it isn't possible to edit or delete that note after the bookmark has been created. It would be useful to be able to do so.

    2 votes
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Whilst we would like to make this improvement, it is currently not in our near term focus, so I’m moved it to the backlog to reflect this. idea has been moved to our backlog Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

  5. Display the total number of students associated with a work across all current Reading Lists

    The calculated total across all courses will better inform the acquisitions decision. For instance the library may have a guideline to provision 1 book per 50 students. Book ABC is then added to Course X which has 100 students. The Librarian sees that we have 1 book in stock so orders a second copy. A little later Book ABC is added to Course Y which also has 100 students. The Librarian sees that we have two copies which covers the Course Y students, and ignorant of the Course X requirements does not acquire any more copies. The end result is…

    12 votes
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    under review  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We’ve introduced this capability in the new reviews area and we will review how it can be exposed elsewhere in the system

  6. Alternative authentication schemes for APIs

    We would like to be able to directly access reports and other authenticated data from scripts without the need to web-scrape through the login process protecting them.

    It would be good if the existing APIs implemented an API-key style scheme, e.g. accepting a header "Authorization: api_key <customer-api-key>" with each request.

    2 votes
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  7. Dashboard - New edition notification opt-in

    At the moment there is an option to request an email notification if any alternative resources are located for a specific item within the Dashboard.

    One of our Academic Support Librarians suggested it would be useful if course organisers could opt-in to be notified via an email when the Dashboard feature picks up a new edition of any book on that list.

    2 votes
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    Keji Adedeji responded

    Looking into as part of wider investigations into notifications across the system

  8. Students sharing notes about reesources

    One of our academics has suggested that it would be useful for some of his students to collaborate with each other when going through their reading lists. He thought that it would be helpful for students to be able to share comments they have made about resources or to add comments to the reading list itself. Students have access to collaborative tools in the VLE but this would be specifically readings-based.

    9 votes
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  9. Allow customisation of List Owner email

    When you make someone owner of a list, we need to be able to know what is sent to them and be able to customise this notice. The invite system allows customisation of part of the message (I have a separate request in here to allow full customisation and to be able to set a different default text), and the list owner alerts should also be customisable - both by setting a new default in an admin console, and on the fly when a particular list is given an owner.

    7 votes
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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

  10. Add publication date in bookmarks list

    Year of publication is not displayed in the list of bookmarks. This is particularly important to academics as units often use various editions of the text book and need to be able to differentiate between the editions. Is it possible to add a column for Year of Publication in the bookmarks list?

    Related to this, in My Lists, the date of publication needs to display in the bookmarks in the right column, to easily differentiate between editions when adding bookmarks to lists.

    4 votes
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  11. 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.

    4 votes
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  12. Hierarchy - grey out empty lists

    Many libraries have lists of every module, many of which are empty. If empty modules in the hierarchy were greyed out (faded) then it would be very very obvious which are those modules with content. This would then encourage students to pester those staff who have not got with the programme.

    4 votes
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  13. Resource type: DVD

    Could DVD (and maybe other audio-visual resource formats such as CD-ROM) be added to the list of resource types?
    Our health and sports science academics often include them on reading lists and would like them to be clearly differentiated from books.

    I think this would be much more meaningful for students using the lists than 'audio-visual document'.

    Although you can specify 'dvd' in the format field, this isn't very prominent on the page.

    3 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.

  14. On 'recent changes' include who published the list

    At present clicking on 'recent changes' shows the name of the list, the date, what was added. It would be very useful to see the email address of who actually published the list to keep track of activity.

    14 votes
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  15. Resource type: database

    There is an entry for this under 'Bookmarking', but we would like to have Database as a Resource Type. Academics often want to refe students to resources at the Database level (Westlaw, Land of Lost Content, British Standards)

    6 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.

  16. QuickAddBookmark sequence prompts to Create/Create and add to list

    QuickAddBookmark is good but would be great if, rather than just creating a bookmark, it prompts to Create/Create and add to list.

    At the moment, staff need to remember to add the bookmark to their list after creating the bookmark. If they drag & drop, they may forget to Set Importance which messes with our acquisitions workflow.

    With Create/Create and add to list buttons at the end of the sequence, it would be instinctive to choose the list, set the importance, add notes to student/library etc. as required.

    1 vote
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  17. 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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    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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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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  20. 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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