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  1. Include edition field in item reports

    The all items report includes most of the metadata that belongs to an item, but does not include the edition statement. Doing so would make it possible to see at a glance what items are added to lists and how they are formatted - identify edition statements in words, for example, which have implications for reference formatting. The editions functionality in reviews does something different, and does not allow you to create reports like this. Given how few fields there are in item records, we should be able to report on all of them.

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      0 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      We have released a change to the All List items report export, you can now view the following data:

      Edition

      This will help you identifying editions used in reading lists across your tenancy.

    • Include call number and location of item on one interface for students

      At the moment, the only way to see a call number of a book (if we have it of course) is to click on the item, taking us away from the long list or resources. This addition may encourage more lecturers to use Talis as all the relevant item location information will be available on one interface, making it then suitable for printing. Just a quick idea I had after a reading list meeting.

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      • Date item added to the reading list to be visible in Reviews 2.0

        While this is not crucial to our workflows, we have regularly found the date within the “added column” useful information. We realise that the list within 2.0 automatically sorts with the most recent items at the top, but the date added has in the past provided useful contextual information.

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        • Reviews 2 - Make "All instances of this item" the default view in the item pane

          “All instances of this item” should be made the default view, when looking at the review history notes within each item in Reviews 2.

          This cross-list functionality where the Acquisitions team can see each other’s review notes is one of the improved aspects of Reviews 2.

          Being able to view notes on "All Instances of this item" saves time, particularly with multiple lists submitted for review by the same owner, where there is considerable crossover of the same texts appearing on different lists, and the Acquisitions decision has already been made.

          Having it as the default view, instead of just…

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          • Only cross-reference Books in "View Breakdown" Reviews 2 - or display the Material Type

            The “View Breakdown” figures should only cross-reference Books that appear on other lists.
            It should not cross-reference resources that have been created as Chapters.

            From an acquisitions perspective, books are treated very differently to chapters.

            If only a chapter is needed, it can be scanned and the digitised reading provided to the students at a low cost.

            If the entire book is needed, we will purchase the required number of copies.

            The View Breakdown tool cross-references books that appear on other lists AND chapters (with the same ‘parent’ ISBN) – without making any visible distinction between the two. This means…

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              We have added Resource type(s) to the ‘Student no.:’ – ‘View Breakdown’ screen within Reviews as a consultancy request from London School of Economics. It was felt others may find this a useful addition so has been enabled for all tenancies.

            • Search by item

              It would be really useful for librarians doing stock work to be able to search Aspire by item to see if an item they are reviewing is on a reading list.

              Such a search feature may also be useful to academics wanting to check they have a particular item on any of their lists without having to search each list.

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                We have introduced three new filters on the All List items report which should make it easier to search for and report on specific works, Title, ISBN-10 and ISBN-13.

                If this is still something you feel would benefit academics than please do raise a new idea.

              • Add customisation to "Library Availability" section

                The Library Availability section of the item details page has fixed headers. (Collection, Shelf Mark, Availability.) We would find it very useful to be able to customise these headers to match our in-house terminology to give a consistent user experience. Specifically, we'd like to be able to use the term "Classmark" rather than "Shelf Mark".

                More generally, this may be useful to match terminology to different LMSs, so that institutional terminology can kept consistent across systems.

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                  In the new list view we have removed the terminology related to shelf mark and only the availability shows. This will help with the idea that you have raised.

                • Null read status

                  We have had student feedback that if they accidentally set a Read Status, the available options (Will read/Reading now/Have read/Won't read) are not always applicable. We would like the option to be able to revert back to a 'null' read status.

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                    This has been resolved with the new list view. A student can change their reading intentions back to ‘undecided’ which is the default state.

                  • All Lists report to flag TADC digitisations

                    The All Lists report should include a column showing the TADC digitisation availability in some way - bundle URL or TADC record number would be useful. I noticed this absence when using the All Lists report to check on chapters which might require digitisation/purchase as ebooks across our tenancy.

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                      2 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                      We have released a change to the All List items report export, you can now view the following data:

                      Talis Aspire Digitised Content (TADC) Request ID
                      TADC Request Status
                      TADC Bundle ID

                      This resolves the issue raised here on knowing if an item has a digitisation linked to it and how to locate it.

                      If there are further changes you would like to see please raise a new idea.

                    • Ability to set default link for Online Resource button

                      At present when bookmarking electronic material the default order for links used for the Online Resource button is:

                      1. Open URL
                      2. DOI
                      3. Web Address

                      It would be useful if this could be configured for individual tenancies, as some customers may wish to have a different default order.

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                      • Search by title in reports module

                        We'd like to be able to search by title in the Reports module, rather than having to export all to csv and search from there.

                        This would be particularly useful for us when ebook contracts end, so we can quickly and easily search which list(s) have those items.

                        10 votes
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                          We have introduced three new filters on the All List items report which should make it easier to search for and report on specific works, Title, ISBN-10 and ISBN-13.

                        • Display of journal information

                          Similar to the 'display of chapters' idea, which is due to be implemented, we have received feedback that academics would like the journal information to be shown in the reading list display i.e. without the student having to click through to the article title.

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                          • Print View Facility

                            Some of our staff find it very helpful to print lists to use while they review them. This is particularly useful on very long lists when the review cant be completed in one sitting - it gives staff an immediate view of where they got to. Can this please be added to 2.0?

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                            • Improved RIS support for import and export of citations to other reference manager software

                              Currently, Talis allows mapping of RIS data in and out of Talis as detailed here: http://support.talis.com/hc/en-us/articles/206848335-Mapping-RIS-fields-to-Talis-Aspire
                              We would like "editor" and authors of chapters to be included in this to allow greater specificity for importing and exporting citations from other systems such as zotero.

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                              • Display list in an alternate style

                                Ability to display lists in a specific citation style - Many of our courses use the Harvard style and although lists can be viewed as a bibliography and exported in specific citation styles, our course organisers would like to be able to provide a consistent approach in the way they are presenting their reading lists. They would like the option to present the list itself in the Harvard style, i.e. by Author first not Title.

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                                • Ability to report on number of reviews against a list during a specific time period

                                  To run a report of all lists which generates the number of reviews carried out on the list. Ability to refine this report to specific time frames.

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                                    0 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    The All Reviews report allows you to download reviews data that contains each review that has been completed on a list. Using the download you can filter by time period and then list title to get a figure for how many times a list has been reviewed in a given time. This should meet the requirements of this idea but please do raise a new idea or a support ticket if you would like to discuss in more detail.

                                  • We would like to be able to see the academic year in the list drop-down when adding a bookmark using the "add to list" option.

                                    At present we have several year's worth of lists visible within Talis Aspire. Academics can not tell which list is the current year list when adding new items to their lists using the "add to list" option while editing. It would improve their ease of use if they could see which list is for which academic year.

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                                    • Show on the Review screen when list was last reviewed, or which are new items

                                      At the moment in the Review screen for any individual list, there is nothing to indicate when a list was last previously reviewed, or which items have been added since the last review. (You can obviously see items in the order they have been added; but in order to know which are new since the last review, you need to know the previous review date, and that doesn't display - you have to remember to go and search for it in Reviews before starting to review the list.)

                                      Obviously if all your staff are using the Log when they review…

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                                      • Reporting: adding web address data when exporting from a reading list

                                        When viewing a list in 'My Lists', there is an option to "Export". This provides a table with the following columns: Date Added, Title, Type, Item Link, Local Control Number, ISBN10, ISBN13, ISSN, EISSN, DOI, Importance, Note for Student, and Note for Library.

                                        At Monash, we would like to have the web address included in the fields that are exported. It could sit adjacent to the 'DOI' column. This will be advantageous to us because we have to suppress and unsuppress our links to digitised items for copyright reasons and we would be able to identify the digitised items using…

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                                        • Include further bibliographic info in All List Items report - specifically book publisher

                                          We are using report data to trigger ordering and identify high demand text books across thousands of reading lists. Having publisher information in the report would make our workflow substantially more efficient. I'm hoping this may be included as part of the work to improve Reviews.

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