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  1. 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…

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    • Removing past dates from drop-down lists in Create New List and List Copy

      We have quite a few years’ worth of dates in the drop-down list when we create or copy a list. We would like to see all past dates removed from this list – why would you want to put a past date on a new list?
      Not having to scroll through to the bottom would save a lot of time in our workflows. Also when showing academics how to do a list themselves, it’s important that it doesn’t take too long or appear complicated.
      If this is not possible, can you at least order this drop-down list in reverse so…

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      • View Online button to be made more noticable on new student interface

        Hello,
        We recently changed our branding at Northumbria, at the same time we moved to the new student view.
        Our brand is black and white, which unfortunately makes our View Online button not very noticable on the page, the button is based on the theme colour of the tenancy.
        We would like to explore ways to make the button more evident to users, for instance a black line around the button or go back to the blue online button.
        We have had instances where students have thought that we don't have an ebook, only print,as it just blends into the…

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        • 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…

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          • Add article authentication at Reviews stage so errors can be picked up at this point

            We would like authentication to be added at the Reviews stage so full checking can be carried out at this point.
            Currently because ez proxy authentication is added to links after the Review, the student link can give authentication errors that were not visible at Reviews. So if a lecturer bookmarks an article from a free e-journal, the link will work from Reviews but possibly not from the actual list page. As more and more articles are made open access this is a growing issue. (I am also going to suggest separately an article format that does not include authentication).

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            • Allow us to edit the default subject line of "review is complete" message

              Currently we have to use the automated "review is complete" email even when sending a review back to academics to ask that they add student numbers/importances before we can review it. We would like to be able to edit the subject line of this email ourselves to say something like "Requiring Action – additional information required for Resource List review" Otherwise, the academics just think their review has been completed, with no further action required.

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              • 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…

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                • 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…

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                  • Add multiple book vendors to item records

                    We currently have a link to Amazon for our item records but we also have an agreement with John Smith booksellers to provide texts to First Years as a part of a bursary arrangement.

                    It would be extremely useful to be able to show a second link to another bookseller to make it easy for the First Years to click through to the point of acquisition from the reading list.

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                    • Search tool on new list view to include ability to search text in notes

                      On classic list view it was possible to search a resourcelist for a piece of text in a note using your browser's 'Find' tool/Ctrl + F. On new list view you can search for authors and titles using the search box, but the way pages load means it's not possible to use Ctrl + F to find the text in notes.

                      We often use notes as place-holders on lists we're working on (e.g. for a book not in stock in the Library that needs to be ordered) and it would be useful if some equivalent find tool could be put…

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                      • Return to same point on list after editing bookmark in new list view

                        Previously (i.e. on classic list view) when editing a list, the 'Edit metadata' option for individual bookmarks allowed you to make changes to a bookmark and then to return to the same point on the list when you clicked Save. This was useful if you needed to work through a list (e.g. to upgrade the quality of the metadata in bookmarks).

                        In new list view the 'Edit metadata' option returns you to the top of the list when you click Save, rather than to the point on the list you were working on.

                        Particularly when working through long lists, it…

                        2 votes
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                        • Customise Aspire with Javascript

                          Add the ability for customers to insert Javascript into Aspire. This would enable us to make small customisations and improvements to the interface.

                          Aspire is extremely limited in its customisable options. We are unable to make even small tweaks to the interface. The ability to add Javascript could allow us to make small improvements and local customisations which would remove some of the frustration of waiting for changes to be made through the development cycle.

                          4 votes
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                          • Include hierarchy in review interface

                            We would like the review interface to make searching for the hierarchy/module code possible.

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                            • Show digitisation rejected

                              In the list edit view mode, it would be great if where it says digitisation live and pending, it would also show when a digitisation has been rejected. This would help limit duplicate requests, and provide a quick answer to why there isn't a digitisation without having to check TADC separately.

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                              • 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.

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                                • Browse hierarchy - move +Add List button closer

                                  When no list is attached to a module can the +Add List button be moved closer so there is less white space on the screen between module code/name and the button. We think some lecturers look at this quickly and do not spot the button.

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                                  • Link to Library Catalogue in Reviews to open in new tab/window

                                    We would like for the link to our Library Catalogue from within the availability section of Talis Reviews (see image attached) to open in a new window or tab, similar to the links to suppliers' websites.

                                    This ability to open in a new tab/widow makes the links within Reviews consistent, instead of having to continually use the right-click button for the only link in Reviews that opens in the same window.

                                    6 votes
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                                    • Prevent academics contacting individuals through "Review Completed" emails

                                      When a review is completed, the review requester (in our case this is usually an academic) receives a "review completed" email. This email is sent to them from noreply@talisaspire.com - However, if the academic replies to this email it is sent to the individual who processed the review. Our team has a general email account for reading list queries and encourage academics to contact us in this way. Is there any way for the "noreply@talisaspire.com" email address to actually prevent people from replying to personal staff accounts?

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                                      • Bookmarking with Multiple URLs

                                        It would be useful if we could add multiple URLs to a bookmark, whereas currently we're restricted to just one.

                                        In instances where we have the same title electronically from different suppliers, it could reduce turnaways due to running out of credit. It could also allow for instances where a single bookmark requires separate URLs for different volumes.

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                                        • Digitisation status as filter in Reviews

                                          Could you add a filter in Reviews for "item has a Digitisation"? We roll over our digitisations when the list is published and comes through for review. It would be handy if we could see which items have digitisations by a filter. It would also be useful if there was also an alert that the digitisation status had changed since the last review e.g. was now Expired. I would also like to see the TADC number in reviews which I can see is another idea in the forum (http://ideas.talis.com/forums/32805-talis-aspire-reading-lists/suggestions/17410534-tadc-number-in-reviews)

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