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  1. Enable "Share item" for List Publishers / editors - New List View/Edit

    At present, if you are a List Publisher / in edit mode in the new List View/Edit, you don't have the option to 'share' an item from the drop down menu / ellipsis when you're in a list. See my screenshot "No Share".

    The only way you can bring this up is if you go to View > As Student, and then the option to Share the item is visible. See my screenshot "Yes Share".

    It is primarily list editors and academics who need to share items, particularly with the library if there is a broken link or the content…

    15 votes
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  2. Number of items count to (new) list view

    The old list view had a count of the number of items appearing on the reading list in the top left hand corner of the list. This was a useful feature and we note it is not available in the new list view. Could it be returned?

    9 votes
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  3. 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…

    10 votes
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  4. "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)>

    21 votes
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  5. Make the publish button more visible

    A lecturer has said that it would be useful to have the publish button more visible on the list (when not editing). Could we have a separate button for publishing rather than going to edit and publish?

    4 votes
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  6. Bulk Archiving

    We would like to be able to bulk archive reading lists for a given time period at the end of September each year.

    Our policy is to keep the current year's reading lists public in Aspire until the end of September for the benefit of any students that are doing re-sits. However, the only bulk option for archiving lists is only available during the Rollover of lists to a new time-period. We rollover lists at the end of the Summer term (June) so that academics or library staff can start editing the list for the next academic year. So from…

    36 votes
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  7. 'Request review and publish' option

    I’ve been getting feedback from tutors recently who are ‘adamant’ that they’ve published lists, but have then been chased as owners of draft lists. I suspect this is to do with them requesting a review and assuming that publishing happens simultaneously.

    We don’t want to configure our system so that we get sent an automatic review for every single published list, and we want to encourage lecturers to take ownership of their lists, publishing and reviewing appropriately.

    If they had an option to 'Request review & publish' this would really help make clear to them what was happening when they…

    22 votes
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  8. New editions displayed when bookmarking

    In reviews 2.0 and dashboard analytics there is an alert which shows that newer editions are available. Would it be possible to display this functionality to academics when they are bookmarking

    12 votes
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  9. Ability to select lists for rollover

    Add the ability to rollover selected lists rather than all lists in a teaching period. We frequently have units for example which run in semester one in one year, and then semester two in the next. Hence, we need to be able to rollover semester one units to different teaching periods.

    7 votes
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  10. Expand list of academic disciplines and/or make the list customizable

    Expand list of academic disciplines and/or make the list customizable.

    We have received a request to add Built Environment to the list as there is no equivalent discipline available

    4 votes
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    Talis Aspire Reading Lists (TARL) – Profile screen in Talis Aspire Reading Lists no longer asks for ‘Main Discipline’, this was based on feedback, that it didn’t cover enough variation or localisation on subjects. As it wasn’t mandatory, no meaningful trends could be gleamed from the data available so we decided this was no longer adding value and have therefore removed. We will keep an open watch on this to see the feedback that we get from this being removed.

  11. Dropdown menu when editing lists so references can be moved to a particular week rather than needing to be dragged and dropped

    A few academic staff at our institution have found it frustrating and time consuming to move references from one week to another when editing their reading lists using the existing drag and drop method. It would be helpful if, in edit mode, there was a 'move to' option whereby a reference could, for example, be moved from Week 1 to Week 9 without the need to drag it all the way down to the bottom of the reading list. It would be good if this could work along the same lines as the 'create & add to list' option when…

    14 votes
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  12. 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.

    2 votes
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  13. Saving bookmarks before deleting items in new list view

    It would be useful to have the 'add to my bookmarks' function on the edit view, so that you can save the bookmark in case of later need on that view before deleting an item from the list.

    Currently, to save the bookmark you need to be in the published view and then switch to the edit view to delete the item. It would be useful to have this all available in edit when working on lists which have been added without bookmarks already in place.

    2 votes
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  14. Additional reports: list and item usage statistics

    We would like to suggest two additional reports for the Reports menu that would provide list and item usage statistics globally across departments and modules with the aim of demonstrating the value of reading lists and impact on item usage. One report for Page views and one for Item Views.

    Key fields we would like to see included are; page view (main list page), module code, module title, department, the number of students on the course, number of items on a list and for Item Views the item format.

    54 votes
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  15. Display of chapters

    When we add specific chapters to lists we'd like the title of the book as well as the title of the chapter to be automatically included in the display. We currently manually edit entries to include both, for example.
    The Reformation Parliament, IN: Parliament and politics in Scotland, 1235-1560 - K. M. Brown
    This think would make it easier for students to identify the chapter when browsing a list

    75 votes
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  16. 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.

    2 votes
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    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.

  17. RESTful API

    Allow requests for simple return of list, section and item titles and urls via json.

    Intended to allow finer grain integration with VLE similar to that demoed by Sussex, but without relying on web scraping:

    http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/elearningteam/2013/12/10/integrating-reading-lists-talis-aspire/

    This would get the reading list content out of an iframe and into the html of the page, and allow the VLE theme to take consistent control of the display of the reading list material.

    Also allows for innovation by the VLE maintainers with relation to the adding and viewing of reading lists.

    Acknowledge potential issues with metrics capture Aspire side, but highly value…

    6 votes
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  18. Switch off forced reviews for library staff editing lists

    Only acadmic staff need the force review tool and not library/admin staff. Library staff edit numerous lists - we now have to start and complete reviews for our editing.

    14 votes
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  19. 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.

    3 votes
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  20. Student Number column in the All Lists reports

    It would be incredibly useful for an additional column to be provided in the All Lists reports for 'Student Number' in the way that we currently have 'Item Count'.

    This would mean we could view how many students were being catered for by the Talis Lists in varying time periods / schools / etc.

    Currently the only way to gain a snapshot of student numbers for a defined set of lists is to go in to each list manually and pull the information out one at a time.

    8 votes
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