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  1. Record and allow reporting on empty lists, course or modules, or missing parts of the hierarchy

    This will allow customers to detect dead ends for users and take action outside the system boundary to rectify.

    Later we could think about what activities could occur within the system boundary, e.g. request a list, email notification etc.

    2 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Rollout  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    We have now created a new tenancy stats prototype, and we’ll be demoing it at the user group meeting on the 4th March. We have included the ability to report on empty nodes/modules, empty lists and also orphaned lists (i.e. those not attached to a module). There is also some basic stats reporting such as the amount of total lists in the system and the spread of resource types across the system.

  2. 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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    1 comment  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    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.

  3. 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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    2 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    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.

  4. Allow a user to rollover a single list to a new time period

    A list editor can manually elect to rollover a single list to a new time period.

    This is in essence an optimisation of the copy functionality - a copy of the source list is taken with the option for the user to select a new time period.

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  5. 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…

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  6. Open access and Creative Commons licences

    It seems essential for rollout to have the ability to add a Creative Commons licence to a list. In the same way as you can to photos in flickr. It needs to be simple, obvious and explanatory.

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  7. Combining Edit Functions

    At the moment there are two edit buttons with separate functions. The first (when in edit mode for the whole list) allows you to add a "Note for Student" and choose from the "Importance" drop-down menu. The second appears once an item has been selected and appears as "Edit this Resource" allowing you to add / correct fields such as Author, Title, etc. If it were possible it would be easier for users if these two edit functions were combined.

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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    It’s now possible to edit the item metadata right from within the list editor

  8. 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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  9. Importing citataions

    From one of our academics ...

    Being able to import bookmark items from Delicious (others would want endnote).

    13 votes
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    6 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    This feature is complete but we are beta testing it with a small group of academics before making it generally available. This is so we can ensure the import is working for a wide range of situations.

  10. 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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    5 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

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

  11. Delete a list

    To assist final data conversion it would be good to be able to delete an Aspire list in full. It would certainly help us now- but might also be useful in managing the tenancy longer-term as academics leave or courses are discontinued- being able to kill unwanted lists completly may be in order????

    Another benefit is that it allows us to get rid of test lists that we are not 'proud' of. With Aspire exposed to search engines it kind of makes sense to allow 'play' and then taking back to base level to keep standards high????

    10 votes
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    4 comments  ·  List Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    We have released “Archive List” to live, which is in effect the deletion of a list, as archived lists are not available from the hierarchy or search

  12. Profiles for Permissions

    Now that we are allocating different permissions to both library staff and academics- it would be useful to be able to see user profiles with their various permission levels. Are there any planned developments around this issue?

    8 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    This profile element of this feature has now been released – soon, we’ll add the user’s permissions to this profile (viewable only by role admins).

  13. Bookmark tool for Safari

    We are now starting to get uptake from some of our Arts and Technology types and their prefered browser is Safari; getting a bookmarlet tool for that would be helpful - or is there a work-around?

    6 votes
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  14. 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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  15. Option to apply a Citation Style to a resource list

    In the early days of discussion around the development of Talis Aspire- we talked about displaying resources in a list using a choice of Citation Styles.

    Although there is further metadata in the Availability- Buying Options and Notes view of an item- I think it would improve the look of the list and be useful to all users (students- academics or library staff) to see the full reference as a citation.

    4 votes
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    2 comments  ·  List Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    List Bibliography feature allows the contents of an Aspire list to be viewed in a citation style

  16. Making setting the importance of an item for Acquisition more obvious

    Marking the importance of items on a list is essential information in order for the Library to ensure additional copies and new titles are ordered when resourcing a course. I would like to see the 'importance' drop-down list and 'note to library field' having a higher visibility . I think this needs to be done at the point of adding an item to a list - - currently a tutor would need to go back into each item they have added to a list to mark the 'importance'. When you Create and Add an Item directly to a list- a…

    5 votes
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  17. Availabilty check

    Use API technology to search against key possible supplierse (in our case Coutts- Dawsons- SWETS- Amazon) to find current availbility- including price. This to be appended to the request information

    4 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    We’ve implemented a feature to look up in Coutts Oasis/Abe Books via a widget in the acquisitions review area. We’re in discussion with Dawson about a similar lookup to DawsonEra.

  18. User hits dead end when browsing the hierarchy and discovers a course with no linked lists

    If a user is browsing the hierarchy and there is no list linked to a course- when they click on the course title- the page is blank below the course title. Can there be a standard message displayed along the lines of - 'there are currently no lists linked to this course'.

    2 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    This has now been completed and released to live

  19. Automatic Save when Creating / Editing a list

    Several times when creating a list- we have lost changes due to not saving the list before leaving the page to add further resources to My Bookmarks. Different resources open up pages in a new window and it is easy to move away from a list you are editing.

    Is it feasible to have changes to the list save automatically as you add an item or remove one?

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  20. RSS changes to lists

    Academics- particually those that share edit rights; or where the academics are editing the lists dynamically; it is important to allow an easy 'watch this list' type funtion. RSS seems the obvious way but there may be others ...

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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    Users can now subscribe to an RSS feed per list or one covering changes for the whole tenancy

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