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  1. 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.

  2. 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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  3. 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)

  4. 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.

    7 votes
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  5. 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.

  6. 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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  7. 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

  8. 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.

    3 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

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

  9. Delete a list

    To assist final data conversion it would be good to be able to delete an Aspire list in full. It would certainly help us now- but might also be useful in managing the tenancy longer-term as academics leave or courses are discontinued- being able to kill unwanted lists completly may be in order????

    Another benefit is that it allows us to get rid of test lists that we are not 'proud' of. With Aspire exposed to search engines it kind of makes sense to allow 'play' and then taking back to base level to keep standards high????

    10 votes
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    4 comments  ·  List Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    We have released “Archive List” to live, which is in effect the deletion of a list, as archived lists are not available from the hierarchy or search

  10. Bookmark search

    Our academics have assumed that the search bookmark searched all fields. This does not seem to be the case. We would like to see searches covering the 'bib' detail of the contents of the bookmark including:-

    Author
    Serial Title
    Date

    As well as searching any notes they have added to the bookmark

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  11. Sorting MyLists table

    From an acdademic ...

    It would be really useful if- on the

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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    The My Lists table can now be sorted by clicking on the column headings.

  12. Moving resources from list to bookmarks

    From an academic

    (working on transferred lists- so not bookmarked via Aspire bookmarklet tool)

    it would be useful sometimes to be able to move items from the reading llist back to the bookmark list - curently existing lists need completing again ...

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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    Users can now add any item already on a list to their bookmarks – on the item detail page, click Copy to My Bookmarks

  13. Inform bookstore of changes to all lists

    Our campus bookshop would like to be notified everytime a list is modified. Ideally they would like to be emailed. (Apologies for posting this in the wrong place the last time- but it was my first post!)

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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    The bookstore can subscribe to the “Changes to all lists” RSS feed from the home page of every Aspire tenancy.

  14. Export list as printable document (e.g. txt, rtf, doc, pdf)

    From an academic ...

    At the risk of becoming unpopular...I would like to be able to use the online reading list to populate a module handbook - but this new version does not have an easily copyable format.

    35 votes
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  15. Bookmark tool for Safari

    We are now starting to get uptake from some of our Arts and Technology types and their prefered browser is Safari; getting a bookmarlet tool for that would be helpful - or is there a work-around?

    6 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    The Firefox plugin works fine in our testing on Safari and also Chrome – both are in extensive use by our development team.

    We are updating the help text this month to direct users with these browsers to the instructions for Firefox.

  16. Removing lists from 'my lists'

    Academic staff don't always teach the same courses year on year so they would need to be able to remove from their 'my lists' area- the ones for which they are no longer responsible.

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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    This has been completed and delivered to product.

  17. Alert when date format is incorrect

    Can the required date format/s be shown along side the date field when you Bookmark an item?

    Also can you implement a warning message if the date is wrong so that there is an opportunity to edit the date before adding to the list?

    At the moment- an article with a date in the format 2003-6-2 can be added to a list and you don't that there is an error until you check through the list and see the 'Unknown Error' message in place of any metadata.

    Annette

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    We removed the date format requirement from Aspire as what users were actually trying to convey was a date or time period string – sometimes a date, sometimes an approximation (~1900) sometimes a range (1901-1910)

  18. New Talis Forum discussion group for Aspire

    As new universities are now coming on board with Aspire- could you set up a new Talis Forum discussion group for libraries to discuss day-to-day experiences of using Aspire?

    I think this would be useful as we are all likely to be at different stages of implementation and we could learn from each other's experiences. The Idea Scale is more for new ideas and suggestions- the Aspire Blog serves the purpose of keeping up-to-date with new releases - so it would be useful to have more of a discussion forum that Aspire customers could use.

    Annette

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    The JISC mailing list LIS-TALIS-ASPIRE is currently being used for this purpose.

  19. Profiles for Permissions

    Now that we are allocating different permissions to both library staff and academics- it would be useful to be able to see user profiles with their various permission levels. Are there any planned developments around this issue?

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    This profile element of this feature has now been released – soon, we’ll add the user’s permissions to this profile (viewable only by role admins).

  20. My Bookmarks display in Edit List view

    When recently creating a resource list for a Spanish course- several items bookmarked had the same title- but one was a book and the other an audio-visual item- but look identical in My Bookmarks on the right hand side of the Edit List view as only the information from the title field is visible. Can you show the material type in My Bookmarks in this view?

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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    The bookmarks displayed in List Edit mode now have the resource type displayed with them.

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