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  1. Automatic Save when Creating / Editing a list

    Several times when creating a list- we have lost changes due to not saving the list before leaving the page to add further resources to My Bookmarks. Different resources open up pages in a new window and it is easy to move away from a list you are editing.

    Is it feasible to have changes to the list save automatically as you add an item or remove one?

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      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      completed  ·  chrisc responded

      This is part of the publish workflow where saves will be automatically persisted without a user having to click “Save”. There will be a new publish button that the user clicks to make all their automatically saved progress available to the world. Due for release during Feb.

    • RSS changes to lists

      Academics- particually those that share edit rights; or where the academics are editing the lists dynamically; it is important to allow an easy 'watch this list' type funtion. RSS seems the obvious way but there may be others ...

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        completed  ·  chrisc responded

        Users can now subscribe to an RSS feed per list or one covering changes for the whole tenancy

      • Search for list

        Rather than just allow direct URL links or browse an ever changing structure of the Uni it would be good if Aspire offered a search within our tenancy for specific lists.

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        • Acquisitions Reporting

          An essential part of Aspire will be the Acquisitions Reporting. Although- hopefully not a 'new idea' as such (Sussex and I expect other universities have discussed ideas around the Acquisitions Reporting with the development team) I thought it would be useful to open this idea out for discussion here to get an idea of how this part of Aspire will be developed.

          How do you see the Acquisitions Reporting working? Is tagging individual resources an option? Would academics have the option to indicate how many copies to buy? Can 'not in stock' items be highlighted in some way on the…

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            completed  ·  chrisc responded

            There is now an Acquisitions review report where users can query by date added, item type and importance. Data can also be exported to CSV for offline processing.

          • ISBN Look Up when Bookmarkleting

            A Look Up feature- similar to the DOI one would be useful to populate the bookmarklet form if the author / title details are not imported. Possibly a 'look up' using the ISBN to search COPAC?

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            • Edit bookmarks

              from two of our academics ...

              Ability to edit bookmarks (including adding additional inforamtion) once in My Bookmarks

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                completed  ·  chrisc responded

                Users can now edit bookmarks by clicking “Preview” and then “Edit resource”

              • Improving sorting of bookmarks

                From one of our academics ...

                Improved sorting of bookmarks in MyBookmarks area.

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                • Importing citataions

                  From one of our academics ...

                  Being able to import bookmark items from Delicious (others would want endnote).

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                    6 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    completed  ·  chrisc responded

                    This feature is complete but we are beta testing it with a small group of academics before making it generally available. This is so we can ensure the import is working for a wide range of situations.

                  • Export file

                    Any interim export file needs to have the following fields (more may follow)

                    ISBN/ISSN/DOI ...
                    Title
                    Journal title
                    Auther
                    Publisher
                    Pub year
                    Vol/Part/page
                    Edition
                    Recommended number of copies
                    Date of projected use
                    On other Aspire lists?
                    Expected number of students
                    Already in stock Y/N
                    Indicitive price
                    Academics name
                    Academics email
                    Notes

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                      completed  ·  chrisc responded

                      You can now do a CSV export of a list from the list outline page

                    • Recommendations management page

                      It would be good if there was an Aspire page which could be accessed by all those with the authourity to approve a recommendation. This page would have Approveed or Rejected.

                      Standard emails; pulling information from the requesteer's details and the details of the requested items would then be automatically sent. Those approving or rejecting would be able to edit the email.

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                      • Recommendations rejection update

                        Reasons why a recommendation is rejected should be given - selected from a pull-down list. Reasons could include:

                        Insufficient funds
                        Out of print
                        Unavailble to the University
                        Already in stock

                        I'm sure there are others

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                        • When reviewing lists, show user manifestations that may be equivalent to the current resource

                          For each purchase recommendation it would be good if Aspire could automatically make use of something like x-ISBN to find all possible 'manifestations' of the item requested- and then run each version against the LMS to determin allready in stock. It should also be used to search across the tenancy to see if any other lists are pointing to a different 'version' of the item

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                            completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                            we are investigating the surfacing of the edition checking capability introduced in Quick Add within the reviews area

                          • Availabilty check

                            Use API technology to search against key possible supplierse (in our case Coutts- Dawsons- SWETS- Amazon) to find current availbility- including price. This to be appended to the request information

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                              completed  ·  chrisc responded

                              We’ve implemented a feature to look up in Coutts Oasis/Abe Books via a widget in the acquisitions review area. We’re in discussion with Dawson about a similar lookup to DawsonEra.

                            • Save and publish

                              it is important to remember that there are academics who want to maintain a 'dynamic link' as well as those who will want to work on a draft and publish later. I think the 'save and publish' and 'Save draft' way forward may make sense.

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                              • Purchase suggestion choices

                                Here at Plymouth we think our list would be:

                                Essential
                                Recommended
                                Background / Optional
                                Suggested student purchase

                                (I'm guessing it will change- but for now that is the general concensus)

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                                  completed  ·  chrisc responded

                                  This is now complete – customers can opt to choose custom states (contact us and we will configure it for you) or accept the defaults (which are as described in the idea)

                                • Have you read this? - Tagging

                                  Responses from a recent Aspire focus group with undergraduates showed that although they felt the 'Have you read this' tagging was a useful feature- most would only use it if they could display a list of items tagged as 'planning to read' or 'have read'. Other suggestions were to indicate the 'read' status in the main resource list view.

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                                  • Displaying items by week required

                                    Ideas from student focus group:

                                    One of the key comments from all participants was to be able to view their resource list readings by week required.

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                                      1 comment  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      With changes in the list view a student can now view their reading list by sections and weekly reviews and digest by section in the enhanced integration with the VLE/LMS.

                                    • Make it easier for students to find items they have made personal notes on

                                      As suggested- a comment made on another idea. It would be good if in the personalised areas there was a filter to lists/items with personal notes 'attached'.

                                      This would fit into the student revision workflow. At high stress and time poor periods students will want a quick way to get back to resources they found helpful.

                                      I think a feature like this would encourage them to put notes on in the first place. At the moment there is not a great incentive to use the notes area.

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                                      • Reviewing a List View

                                        In the Publishing & Acquisitions Workflow Preview- the Title column gives the brief view of an entries metadata. We would like to be able to work online from this page and it would be really helpful to show the ISBN for an item. This will make it quicker to identify the correct item on our supplier database for ordering and hopefully provide a means for automatic linking to items that are not in stock once an order has been created on our LMS.

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                                          completed  ·  chrisc responded

                                          This is complete (see http://blogs.talis.com/aspire/2010/02/04/aspire-release-4th-february/) and will includes an identifiers column, which will display ISBN, ISSN, DOI as well as a LCN (Local Control Number). If present, the LCN will link into the library catalog. Seeing an item has an ISBN but no LCN might indicate:
                                          a) It isn’t in the library catalog
                                          b) The record isn’t linked to an item in the library catalog

                                        • Tracking academic involvment

                                          It would be really helpful (for unmediated services) to be able to track the activities of academics. Things like:-

                                          When they were registered
                                          Did they accept the invitation
                                          When they first created/edited a list
                                          How often they are in 'edit' mode on the lists

                                          Matt has provided us a text-file of the email adresses that invites have gone out to- but that was a 'one-off' request and while helpful- it cannot really help with the engagement and 'user ed' work my subject librarian friends want to do.

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                                            completed  ·  chrisc responded

                                            We have delivered this through the user activity console – please email Ian Corns to gain access

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