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  1. Display both print and ebook holdings for one bookmark for the same title (an archived Idea for 2013)

    Here at Sussex we're very keen to have this Idea, archived for 2013, available for voting in the 2014 Ideas Forum: http://ideas.talisaspire.com/forums/32805-talis-aspire-reading-lists-ideas-archive/suggestions/4381768-display-both-print-and-ebook-holdings-for-one-book.

    We're increasingly buying ebooks in addition to print copies, and it would be extremely useful, both to Library staff and students, to have a single entry for a specific work in Aspire, but with linkage to alternative editions. This would provide users with a choice of available formats depending on their needs, as well as promoting the Library’s collection.

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

    We would like to improve the ability to display as much info that we have about a resource even if it is not the specific format that was originally bookmarked.

    A redesign of how we display holdings would probably be required and this is not currently in our short term development focus.

    This idea 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.

  2. Editing text in invitations

    When sending invitations to academic staff, we would like the standard text in the message template to be customisable to reflect our tenancy's configuration; without having to modify it each time we send it. For example, we have just asked Talis to add 'View Dashboard' to the role of List Creator. Currently, that does not appear in the list of permissions in the standard message template for that role.

    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.

  3. Display of tutor notes

    Would it be possible to improve/increase the flexibility of the formatting of the tutor notes field? It is difficult to make the presentation of the Student Notes Field look good with it often looking quite cluttered if you want to raise a number of different points, or list a number of different chapters, within a note. It isn't, for example, possible to put these on separate lines.

    2 votes
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  4. Resource Type

    Make the drop down menu for "Resource Type" customizable.
    We have a lot of different resource types that lecturers want to bookmark, such as music score, law report, school resources.
    Some Law and Music lecturers are against using the system because of this.

    83 votes
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    9 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We would like to add some additional resource types.

    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.

  5. Enhance the LTI tools to grant access to lists

    Extend the LTI integration so that an academic can click through from a module in their learning management system (Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, etc) to Aspire and be granted appropriate access to the list in Aspire. This would be a much more effective way to grant academics List Publisher access to their lists than the clumsy email invitation system.

    This functionality is available in other systems such as Echo360 Lecture Capture so it has the additional advantage of being familiar to academics who are already using this.

    3 votes
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  6. Add a word to .RIS conversion feature to Talis

    Many of our academics comment that they would be more likely to use Talis if they could simply upload their word document and automatically populate a list in the same way they can with Endnote. There are online tools which convert word files into .RIS format. If Talis could develop this functionality it would go a long way in promoting the service to the academics.

    19 votes
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  7. Importing RIS files into existing lists

    We would like to be able to import bookmarks created from RIS into existing lists rather than just new lists

    5 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are working on bookmarking functionality alongside our List Edit improvements, this will reduce the reliance on the bookmarklet feature and enable more resources to be accessible in the List Edit context. When this feature is released, we will revisit this idea to understand if it still has relevance.

  8. Changing text for request review reminder when clicking Publish

    Where we have the option to ask list editors to request a review when they click publish, it would be useful to be able to control the message as we would want editors to request reviews if they have books they would like to order.

    12 votes
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  9. Compulsory setting of importance field

    The majority of our academics are not using the 'Set importance' tag for each item on their list. Could this be made a compulsory field when adding the item? This information is required to enable the correct number of items to be purchased and for student information of the books importance.

    51 votes
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    10 comments  ·  List Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This is not included in the scope of the reviews refresh but 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. Option to switch off Google Book previews at item or list level

    Recent feedback from academics has been that using Aspire would contradict what they tell students- ie don't read/avoid Google Book previews. Could List creators have the option to 'switch off; Google book previews at list and/or item level?

    19 votes
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  11. Move a number of bookmarks to a list all in one go

    It would be good if there was a way to move a number of bookmarks to a list all in one go, rather than having to add them individually.

    47 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. 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.

  12. Option to complete a review without notifying tutor / inputter

    In the "All Reviews" section of Aspire it would be useful to have the option to "mark as completed" without notifying the person (tutor or library staff) who'd requested the review

    12 votes
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  13. reviews 2.0 overview summary line similar to TADC

    Would it be possible to have a line at the top of the reviews page with a summary similar to TADC of 'Requested' 'Started' 'Assigned to You' or to default the display to these statuses to help workflow?

    11 votes
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  14. Ability to move multiple items simultaneously

    It would be nice to be able to move more than one item at once within a list. Some imported reading lists have a large number of items which currently can only be moved one by one, which is rather laborious.

    36 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.

  15. Improve Dashboard visibility and exportability

    The Dashboard contains analytics on usage, editions, metadata, views, etc, which would be very useful if it was more widely available. The current restriction to List Owners or List Publishers prevents other relevant and appropriate interested parties for accessing and assessing this data.

    In a Library managed model distributed across several campuses, we are not yet at the stage of giving teaching staff List Publisher roles and incorporating Reviews into our workflows. We also rarely have a single teaching member of staff, which makes List Owner not a useful feature either, being restricted to one person who has also created…

    14 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Users & Roles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We would like to review the dashboard can be shared with academics where permissions and roles are not given to them.

    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.

  16. add column to all lists report for 'last updated by'

    It's really frustrating not being able to tell who last updated a list for erasons of trouble-shooting. For example we have some lists for the last time period that have been updated since rollover and I'd like to trace who has done that to check that they realise they are editing the old list not the new one. It could be one of the lecturers but it could also be a member of library staff. We can't see on the list itself (that would be ideal), but could we have it added to the all list report - it already…

    1 vote
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  17. Facilitate use of ReadSpeaker in Talis reading lists

    Southern Cross University has selected ReadSpeaker (http://www.readspeaker.com/) as our text to speech provider. The ReadSpeaker building block in our LMS (BlackBoard) provides text to speech functionality for all students accessing content in the LMS. This is regarded as an important tool for equity and access. We would like Talis to add ReadSpeaker text to speech technology to the LTI content. We are aware that other institutions also use ReadSpeaker and seek your support for this important function that enables equity.

    2 votes
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  18. "Refresh all book metadata" option to catch bulk changes to e.g. ebook URLs

    We have recently applied a change to all our ebook URLs on our catalogue.

    I would like Talis to add an option to refresh *all* my book metadata, by re-polling our catalogue for every book item in Aspire with a Local Control Number, updating any fields which have changed.

    Without this, I have to identify and manually update all ebook records to update the URLs.

    50 votes
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  19. Creating a bookmark and adding item (direct) to a list

    When creating a bookmark and adding item (direct) to a list, enabling either ‘search’ function for the list or list them alphabetically or by most recently used. If you have many lists it can be hard and time-consuming to locate your list.

    4 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are working on bookmarking functionality alongside our List Edit improvements, this will reduce the reliance on the bookmarklet feature and enable more resources to be accessible in the List Edit context. When this feature is released, we will revisit this idea to understand if it still has relevance.

  20. Automatically bookmark videos as "Online Resources"

    During our pilot phase, we've noticed that when academics add YouTube or BoB videos to their lists, they generally forget to tick the "Online Resource" box - possibly because they are used to it happening automatically when they bookmark, e.g., articles and ebooks.

    It would be useful if online videos could be automatically recognised as "Online Resources" by the bookmarking tool.

    At present this does not happen because "audio-visual document" resource type can include, e.g., DVDs listed on a Library catalogue (not an online resource). However, could there not be a workaround similar to the one for ebooks (see: http://support.talis.com/hc/en-us/articles/205644351-How-the-Online-Resource-button-works)

    9 votes
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