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  1. Don't delete review logs

    Both subject and acquisition librarians review stock each year for items on reading lists, and decide on purchases based on various data. In Aspire, there is a very helpful log for notes, but we'd like two improvements:
    a) it should be exported along with the review outcome and item data
    b) it should never be deleted. If a second review takes place, all of the work done and notes made in the first review is lost. Review history should always be kept.

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        5 comments  ·  Config & Customisation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • 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????

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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

        • Linking and 'new window' option

          I'm aware that (a) web accessibility compliance restricts certain linking behaviours and that (b) Talis are looking at the options to iframe more linked content *within* Aspire- but I would still like to explore the idea of an additional optional 'Open in a new window' button for the key external outbounds links in Aspire. As an end user I would like to have the option to keep my List in view in one window while navigating my way through outcomes (such as a Library Catalogue- online vendor- e-Content provider) in another. I find the experience of 'losing' my List as…

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            5 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

            Please contact support if you wish to enable this behaviour on your tenancy

          • 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.

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            • Display order of items on review screen

              Items are currently displayed on the review screen sorted by their date added. The most recently added item appears at the top which means in many cases items for review appear in reverse order from the list view. We would like to suggest that when reviewing a list items should display in the same order as they appear on the actual list. We would also like to see section titles included on the review screen.

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                1 comment  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                The changes we are making in the review refresh theme will include section information but will not change the display order due to new indicators and item grouping

              • New Report - Published Lists that have not yet been sent for Review

                Our set up allows academics to publish their own lists, but we are aware of occasions when some lists where the a Request a Review has not been sent. Could a report be set up to identify published lists that have not been sent for review showing the date published.

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                  3 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                  We will be including a last review date into the all list report. We will also be investigating some possibilities around identifying items on published lists that haven’t been reviewed as part of the reviews work we are doing

                • Allow customisation of the display of citation fields

                  We would prefer to be able to customise the way citation fields are displayed on a reading list. Currently, the title is listed first, then the author(s) and date. A cleaner display (especially if had an alphabetical list arranged by author) would be to have the author(s) first, then the title.

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                    completed  ·  1 comment  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Support time periods in the item API so we can only see links to current lists in our OPAC

                    We would like the users of our OPAC to see the current academic period lists first. From the item screen, they see a maxium of 6 lists and these are not necessarily for the current year, and are not in any order. Also thinking ahead, it would be good to have some control over what appears and how. So maybe all the lists for the current year appear first, alphabetically, then the previous academic year lists?? If there is no flexibility - then just to have the current academic year lists appearing would be preferable.

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                      completed  ·  2 comments  ·  Widgets & APIs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • When in editing return to where you last were

                      When editing a list and you open ‘Edit metadata’ it would be great if closing the box took you back to where you last were rather than the top of the list. More of an issue when you are working on a huge long list.

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                        0 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                        We have now resolved this issue. When you finish editing, you are no longer returned to the top of the list. Instead the item you were editing is at the top

                      • 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.

                        • 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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                          • Ability to archive multiple completed reviews

                            In "All Reviews" the option to archive multiple completed reviews rather than, at present, one at a time

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                                1 comment  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                                We will be looking into addressing this a part of the work we are doing on reviews

                              • Search draft lists

                                Would like to have the ability to search for lists that are 'Draft'. Would not like this to be available publically, but for library staff who are currently managing the set up of lists at implementation, to be able to search for lists that are in progress.

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                                  completed  ·  3 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Viewing additional metadata in the Review screen

                                  We are currently looking at the workflow for ordering books on Coutts OASIS database and piloting working directly from the Review screen list in Aspire. However, a title search often results in too many hits and an ISBN in a direct hit but does not show other available edition (in particular the availability of a later edition or an e-book). It would be useful to have an 'overlay' in the title field showing additional metadata for the item (author, publisher, year etc) so that library staff could easily do an author/title search of our supplier database without having to click…

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                                    completed  ·  4 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • 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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                                      completed  ·  chrisc responded

                                      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).

                                    • 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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                                        0 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                        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.

                                      • Delete a list rather than archive it

                                        It would be useful to have the option to delete a list in addition to the archive option. While archiving can be very useful as a historical record and to be able to copy the content, there are lists that academic staff do not want any record of i.e. they could decide that a list is so out of date that it would be bad for anyone to see it. And there are training lists / examples for advertising it would be useful to get rid of as they have no purpose beyond their initial set up.

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                                          2 comments  ·  List Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Adding a 'has part' facility - for book chapters and journal articles

                                          A Liaison Librarian member of our Resource List project group is finding the management of book chapters (and by implication journal articles) through the Bookmarking tool vexing.

                                          The scenario is this: a List Publisher wants to add an entry for a book chapter for a print book held in the library. Using the browser plug-in, they bookmark the book from the library catalogue, but in the Bookmark preview screen there is only the option to indicate that this item is 'Part of...' something else, whereas what the Publisher of the List wants to do is indicate that this item 'Has…

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