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  1. Put a Google Analytics tag on the online resource button

    We've been asked to demonstrate whether there is any link between eResource usage and the Reading List System.
    While we can, with some work, demonstrate correlation, the general upward trend in eResource usage means we are ubable to definitively claim causation.
    If the 'online resource' button had a google analytics tag, allowing us to view not only how many times students look at lists but also how many times students are clicking on online resources from the list, we would be better placed to demonstrate value for money to university leadership.

    43 votes
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  2. Ability to turn off prompt to update metadata in all occurrences of a bookmark when this is formatted as a Chapter

    Quite often a reading list will feature several instances of the same book, but with different chapters to be read in different weeks. Usually in this case the book is bookmarked once and this is then dragged and dropped into each part of the list, then each instance is edited to 'Has Part - Chapter' and the appropriate details filled in.

    When saving this or making any future edits, we get the prompt 'You have added this bookmark in multiple places - in total it appears X times on X list(s)' ... Do you want the changes you have made…

    3 votes
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  3. Student numbers to reflect published or draft list status

    The student numbers section within a list review reflects the total number of students using the item and breaks this down into the relevant lists but should also indicate whether the lists that the items is on are published or unpublished. We roll all our lists over to draft each year so this can be a particular issue for us, e.g. a book showing as on three lists totals 135 students with 120 of those having 'essential' status but we find that only one of the lists is published so the total is 69 students. This could mean the difference…

    4 votes
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  4. Sorted list of time periods when running reports

    We have a substantial number of academic time periods each year, so we now have a list of 76 time periods for the years 2014 - 2018 and will shortly add another 17 for 2019.

    When using All Lists or All List Items reports, it's possible to limit the report by time period, but the time periods are not displayed in any discernible order and it's very difficult to use this field as a filter in any practical way.

    We would like to be able to order the time periods in the drop down list:
    (a) in the same or…

    5 votes
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  5. Make "View later edition" alert in Reviews screen dependent on edition statements not publication dates

    The "View later edition" alert in the Reviews screen is currently very unreliable. It appears to be triggered by publication dates rather than edition statements and so picks up paperback reprints, e-book releases, etc - none of which are "new editions" in the academic sense of the word. Nine times out of ten when we look at it we find there isn't in fact a new edition, which is leading staff to ignore it. Is there any way it could be refined so that it only actually picks up 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc edition statements?

    16 votes
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  6. Add a search function to the Create & Add to List form

    When adding an item direct into a list it is often difficult to search for the list required in the Add to list drop down menu. For most of our staff there are dozens of lists to search through. It would make it easier if there was a search function or the facility to type part of the list name to reduce the number of options.

    3 votes
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  7. Show editor details in reviews screen

    In the reviews screen the editor of an item is not detailed. This makes it more time consuming to review an item, particularly if there are several different items on a list that have the same title but editors rather than authors.
    It would be very helpful if the records of items that have an editor display the same level of bibliographic data as those for items that have authors.

    4 votes
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  8. Export List in list format with selected citation styles

    We have noticed that there are two options to export a list as PDF. As bibliography and as list view. The List view exports each resource retaining the format from the list (great) but it doesn’t enable the export to retain the preferred citation style. Ideally we would like to see an exported PDF which retains both the list format and has the correct citation style.

    Bibliography export does allow export of each in citation, but the list format is not retained and only an alpha list is provided.

    Thanks

    3 votes
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  9. LTI custom parameter for message when no list available.

    This year Griffith has moved from using the Talis building block in Blackboard to using the LTI. This is set up by default to use "best guess" to display a reading list for a course site using the custom parameters node_code_regex and time_period_regex. The Readings LTI link is present in the Blackboard course template, so is present for every course site that is created. Not all courses have reading lists; when this is the case, academics have to make this link not available to students or delete it. If this is not done and students click on the Readings LTI…

    7 votes
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  10. Customisable text and labels

    All text in Aspire should be customisable. This is a standard feature of our other systems (e.g. Summon and LibGuides). Aspire uses terms such as 'digital article' which are not meaningful to our users as we do not use these terms in any of our other systems or communications.

    Customisable text would allow us to:
    1. Use langauge that is meaningful to our users
    2. Conform with our university and library style guides
    3. Use consistent language across all of our systems and websites

    We put a lot of effort into using consistent terminology in our websites and avoiding difficult…

    5 votes
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  11. Improve navigation of lists within Reviews

    We are currently dealing with a large number of lists being reviewed and are finding navigation to reviews is time-consuming.

    Firstly, when you click on the "back" link it takes you back to the start of the reviews, instead of where your last list was located.

    Secondly, we would like more than 5 pages available at the bottom of the screen- perhaps the option to increase to 10 pages?

    2 votes
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  12. All List Items report to include url from 'is part of' section

    We often have bookmarks for book chapters where the url to the book as a whole is entered into the 'is part of book' section, without a separate url to the book chapter entered into the chapter section. This is done as it is sometimes not possible to link directly to a chapter. In these cases, we add a student note along the lines of "Please read pages 57-69".

    In the All List Items report, DOI fields that are present in the 'is part of' section are included (though not in a separate field), but the url present in the…

    9 votes
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  13. Change the way notifications work

    When doing reviews I would like there to be a better notification system. Currently you have to click through items one by one to select outcomes. If only 2 books have be marked as order required for a large list they can get lost. Someone has to go back into the review and click through each item to find the items needing to be ordered and order them and mark them as on order. Once they are ordered someone has to then click through each item one by one to find and update them. Is it possible to put certain…

    0 votes
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  14. Create new resource format "Article without Authentication"

    We would like a new resource format “Article without Authentication” to be made available.
    This would be used as a resource format for bookmarking free journal articles from the web but would not add in article authentication.
    Since more and more journals/articles are available from open access sources it removes the issue of having to continually update EZ Proxy authentication.
    This would also get around the problem that EZ Proxy authentication is added in after the Reviews stage, and that authentication issues may only be visible from the student view.
    There are certain courses such as journalism that use huge…

    4 votes
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  15. "Link To" value included in All Items Report

    Could the Link To value be included in the All Items Report i.e. either blank, DOI, OpenURL or Web Address.

    This would really simplify our metadata checking, particularly for improperly formed URLs through EZproxy, but also for confirming our preferred linking method is being used by academic staff.

    An example would be if we moved a journal subscription to a new platform - we could filter the All Items Report CSV on Journal title (or ISSN) and DOI or Web Address (confident that OpenURL would manage the platform change external to Talis)>

    18 votes
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  16. All user profiles report to display only current roles

    The Aspire Role field of the All User Profiles report displays any role that a user has ever been assigned, not just their current roles.

    We would like to see the report amended so that only currently assigned roles are present in the report. This would assist us greatly in our regular audits of user accounts.

    5 votes
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  17. Add Browzine's PDF download links

    Browzines LibKey functionality allows you to add direct PDF download links into discovery systems such as Summon and Primo. This is a really useful feature as it provides seemless 1-click downloads for subscribed article content.

    Integrating the Browzine links into Aspire would help make accessing articles as quick and simple as possible.

    2 votes
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  18. 2 votes
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  19. Make lists available only to those registered on the module

    We have some lecturers who are concerned about some sensitive content on their reading lists. They state that they are happy to upload material to our VLE as this is restricted only to students registered on the module, who they have been able to give a "warning" about the sensitivity, but they are concerned about other members of the University being able to view the material out of context. We would therefore like it to be possible for reading lists to be restricted only those registered on a module.

    1 vote
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  20. section titles

    It would be really useful for us to have the section title included in the All Items Report. I've managed to link the column 'Has Container' with the section URL found in Google Analytics, however a lot of the time, our academics want to know how students are interacting with each section when using LTI with Moodle. If the All Items Report included the section title it would be a lot easier to feed back to them on this.

    1 vote
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