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  1. New resource type - Scores

    Our music lists need to a resource type for adding scores

    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.

  2. 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.

    3 votes
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  3. Improvements to 'Create and Add to List'

    Sometimes when you bookmark a resource, the 'Create and Add to List' function doesn't capture the resource you expect it to. This seems to be a particular problem where the same ISBN appears in more than one record, e.g. an e-book record that contains the ISBN of the print version - invariably, the print version is bookmarked even when the e-book version is displayed in Aspire ready to 'Create and Add to List'. It also happens in some reprinted monograph records where the ISBN of the original is included.

    1 vote
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  4. More control over the presentation of bonus content

    Currently, Aspire takes anything in the 856 field and identifies the item as an electronic resource. We use the 856 field to include bonus content, such as a link to Table of Contents or links to publisher's websites. This is very confusing for students who click on the resource, thinking it is an e-book, only to find it is a hard copy

    5 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This is not 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.

  5. Add section information to the CSV output of the linked data API

    It would be nice to add two new columns to the CSV output for the linked data API. These two new columns would contain information about the section the item is in and the parent section. This information would be enough to construct the section information from the CSV call and help to surface content in other systems (the VLE for example).

    2 votes
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  6. quick links to resources?

    The details page for a resource is sometimes great (e.g. when there is a google books preview, inline viewer, or a student wants to annotate the list, plus the clear statement of library holdings...) but sometimes it's just an unnecessary click e.g. linking to a website.
    Also, nothing opens in a new window so it can (sometimes) be a pain to get back into aspire again once you've followed a link to an external resource.

    What are your thoughts on a lightbox to view details pages for resources?

    Or perhaps a new window could be opened when you leave talis…

    8 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We are looking to bring the list and list item view together which should alleviate this issue.

  7. 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?

    1 vote
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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

  8. Communicate result of Review Outcome to list owner

    Once a list review has been completed the requester is e-mailed and informed that the review is complete. However s/he cannot see the results of the review, the helpful comments and information that have been added by library staff. Could the link in the message be changed so that it takes the requester to the results of hte review, rather than to the reading list.

    16 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Keji Adedeji responded

    We are investigating this in the reviews theme

  9. New reports - most popular books or resources

    We have Aspire linked to our Library catalogue so any book (journal, DVD etc) on a published reading list shows the titles of the modules that book is used on. For the Aquisitions team this is useful to see how the same book may be being used across the University as sometimes it is being used in more than one subject area and, therefore different funds.

    I'd like to suggest that it would be useful to list the top (eg) 100 resources so we can see which resources are being used the most and ensure we have sufficient stock.

    1 vote
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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.

  10. Resource type: Other

    However extensive the resource type taxonomy becomes, there will always be fringe cases, exceptions and oddities. At present, the only options in such cases are to select the least worst match or the unfathomable 'Generic document'. An 'Other' category would be a more preferrable means to classify non-standard materials (and could be used for reporting/review to identify the types of material not being fully accounted for)

    2 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.

  11. Resource Type - 'Social media' (or similar)

    We've not been able to identify a better label for this, but are open to suggestions. The intention is to distinguish blog, forum, social media and web 2.0 type content from 'traditional' Web Site and Web Page types. It's the difference between referencing material on the BBC News site and referencing a debate on an internet forum, or the discussion which follows a blog post

    2 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.

  12. 2 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.

  13. Node level "List creator" role

    We would like to give list creator roles at a node or department level. At the moment, it is only available at tenancy level. We would like to limit users' ability to create lists anywhere, but allow them to create them as necessary in their department's area.

    1 vote
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We are not going to focus on this right now but we do plan to visit this as part of a wider look at how we manage scoping and hierarchy

  14. Resource Type - Event

    We're seeing academics add materials to resource lists which are effectively temporal 'events' of some kind which students are expected to attend (physically or virtually) as part of their research.

    'Events' could incorporate Exhibitions, live Webinars, Lectures, Screenings, Seminars, Conferences, Plays, Training sessions, et al

    1 vote
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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.

  15. Resource Type - Review

    Academics quite regularly add Reviews and review articles (from academic journals, professional publications and newspapers) for students to critically evaluate.

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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. being able to publish a list when adding an item

    It would be really useful when in the 'Create and Add' dialogue box, to be able to publish the change immediately, maybe even ask for a review.

    This would potentially make a real impact on the time someone needs to spend updating their list, allowing a lecturer to update very quickly without needing go in to the list at all; rather than adding a resource, which creates a new draft, which then needs to be accessed and published (and reviewed).

    4 votes
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  17. Extend the Copy to my bookmarks function

    Enable academics to copy an entire list worth of bookmarks from an existing list to their bookmarks folder.
    Really useful where lists have been created by admin or library staff and then passed on to the academic to manage.

    20 votes
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  18. Allowing attachments of PDFs

    ... (subject to copyright) for user created bookmarks. There's no telling where online reports etc get moved to, and uploading to a public dropbox and then pasting the URL seems long-winded.

    3 votes
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We won’t be focusing on this now due to low votes in the 2012 Ideas Survey. However, we do feel that the ability to attach documents to reading lists would be useful, so its in our longer term backlog

  19. 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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  20. Campus identifier

    We have modules which run at more than one of our campuses. We would find it useful to be able to identify which reading lists are run at which campuses so that we can purchase the relevant resources.

    1 vote
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We will not be focusing on this idea now due to low votes in 2012 Ideas Survey. Multi-campus support is something we wish to investigate in the future so this has been placed on our longer term backlog

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