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  1. Adding a Cancel button to the Bookmark item preview screen

    In the Bookmark Item preview screen ('Add this item to your bookmarks') a third 'Cancel' button needs to be added alongside the 'Create and 'Create & Add' buttons. Clicking on this would return the browser to the source screen. Once at the preview screen, there is no option within Aspire not to proceed with Bookmarking the Item - while, of course, a List editor may have (a) changed their mind; (b) selected the wrong thing; or perhaps more commonly (c) be disappointed by the quality of the extracted metadata (Title, URL, 'Web Page' type) for non-supported platforms and not want…

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

      The implementation of this idea is under way.

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

        Can we change the wording in reading lists for digitised readings to 'PDF' rather than 'digitisation" and 'click here to get pdf' rather than
        'To view the digitised content for this item please log in'.
        I dont think some people understand the word digitisation and that they have to click on that to see the reading. Today I had an academic who also wanted this information higher up in the page because she didnt even see it

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          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          The new list view has allowed us to review the wording and how a digitisation is linked to, to make this more inline with the other item information in the list. This should resolve the issue of students not being able to spot the link to the digitisation.

        • Ability to filter on 'Lists Reviewed' within the All Lists report

          As we are beginning to start planning for 2014/15 reading lists, we are trying to establish an effective method for tracking whether a list has been Reviewed or not.

          The All Lists report has all the other fields required for such a report - is it possible for you to add:
          'List Reviewed' = Yes / No as a filter on this report, Show the 'Review Status' as well show the 'Last Reviewed date' in the report so that we could manage Reviews more effectively?

          Annette Moore
          University of Sussex

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

            The All lists report is the next one we are picking up to report directly from the database. ‘Last review date’ and ‘Reviewed by’ are additional columns I have asked to be included when we do this, including a filter for review status.

          • Have all list action options for draft lists as well as published (delete, archive, copy, etc)

            When a list is in draft status, you are missing a lot of list editing options. We would like all options possible for published lists to be possible for draft lists as they could all be useful.

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              1 comment  ·  List Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Add ability to batch publish (etc) lists

              We need to be able to search/select lists, tick the ones we want to carry out a batch function on, and batch publish them.

              Other batch functions are also required, such as unpublish, add note, assign list publisher, assign list owner... [Um, I already put batch assign list owner in a separate idea, maybe this should all just be one?]

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              • More Suppliers Options in Request Review

                Currently we have 'Find in Coutts Oasis' and 'Check price at Abebooks' available as sources of information under the Identifiers column in list Review.

                Is it possible to either add to this list or have suppliers of local choice?

                Dawson Enter is our source of choice for acquisitions checks, followed by Amazon.

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                • Improve Delete Warning when removing a list section

                  Various people have mentioned nodes and sections of lists being deleted by they-know-not-who. Hopefully these deletions have been made accidentally. Would it be possible to install a warning button "Are you sure you wish to delete...?"

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

                    This has not yet been scheduled but we plan to address this by improving the warning to: “Deleting this section will also remove all the resources in it from your list. Are you sure you want to remove this section and all the items in it?”

                  • Allow an administrator to bulk rollover lists to a new time period

                    An administrator specifies a "from" period and a "to" period, and then asks the system to perform a bulk rollover.

                    The system finds all lists that are currently assigned to the specified "from" period that haven't already been copied manually and assigned to the specified "to" period. For all given matches, the system creates a copy of these lists and automatically assigns them to the "to" period.

                    For example, the following lists exist before rollover (list name/time period shown):

                    "Financial Accounting and reporting", "Autumn Term 08/09"
                    "Advanced Financial Accounting and reporting", "Autumn Term 08/09"
                    "Advanced Financial Accounting and reporting", "Spring…

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                      2 comments  ·  Rollover  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Selective export to Bibliographic Management Software (RefWorks, EndNote)

                      Students should be able to:

                      Flag, tag, tick or basket selected items in a Resource List (or Lists) and then export them to one of the standard Bibliographic Management applications, such as RefWorks or Endnote.

                      For RefWorks, and other systems, a direct export facility should be offered; with a RIS formatted indirect export as a fallback.

                      Aspire is not a Bibliographic Management application, but needs to integrate as easily as possible with applications which are. Students who are being encouraged to consult materials in their studies will want to be able to cite and refer to those materials in their…

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                        2 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        completed  ·  chrisc responded

                        I’m marking this idea as completed. We’ve got some more enhancements to do here, including selective export of citations (which we’re planning to implement from the My Bookmarks screen) but the spirit of this idea is now delivered to the application. For enhancements, please raise new ideas or email LIS-ASPIRE where there is an active thread discussing this feature.

                      • 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?

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                          6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          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.

                        • Date item added to the reading list to be visible in Reviews 2.0

                          While this is not crucial to our workflows, we have regularly found the date within the “added column” useful information. We realise that the list within 2.0 automatically sorts with the most recent items at the top, but the date added has in the past provided useful contextual information.

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                          • Bulk assign a set of reviews to a reviewer

                            There is no way to bulk assign a set of reviews to a reviewer. For example if you add 12 ebooks to different modules and publish the lists, you will then need to assign all these lists for review so you can review the item and close the review. This will flag that the list does not need attention. At the moment you need to filter by requested review and unassign then assign the book to yourself for each book.

                            This takes time. It would be better if there was a check box on the screen so you could select…

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                            • Automatic Send for review on publishing or updating a list

                              It would be very helpful if Send for review happened automatically when a list is published or updated- ideally to a group email address or Aspire group we set the permissions for.

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                                completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                                The ability to configure the system to force a review request when a publish happens has been completed. (See this release notice: http://support.talisaspire.com/entries/26390701-Talis-Aspire-Reading-Lists-Release-13th-February-2014)

                                Please raise a support ticket to specify your configuration preference. The ability to configure review notifications to go to a group email address or to a role that has the receive review notification already exists, please contact support if you need assistance with that

                              • Add report for seeing usage (logins etc) by academics

                                There is still no way we can see who is using Aspire and how often. This was discussed as a key area of reports way back at the MIS day and is essential for supporting academic engagement strategies. We need to know which academics have logged in to Aspire, when they last logged in, how often they log in, which academics haven't logged in, all over user-selected date ranges.

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                                • Add archive options at rollover

                                  We want to be able to pick by school or department whether or not we want to automatically archive the previous time period's lists at the point of rollover.
                                  (We've not done a rollover yet so haven't seen the screen in order to add further details/requests, but I understand from Support this isn't possible.)
                                  Thanks.

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                                    11 comments  ·  Rollover  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Ability for a tenancy to add their own messages to Aspire users on the Home page

                                    It would be very useful for an individual tenancy to customise an area on the Home page of Aspire - I kind of news feed area, possibly scrolling text. We could keep users informed of any down time or alert users to new developments on Aspire.

                                    Annette

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                                      2 comments  ·  Config & Customisation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Additional field 'Editor' in bookmarklet

                                      Sometimes monographs have authors of individual chapters but an overall editor. It is misleading to add their names as authors of the book in the 'Is Part of' tab when citing digitised chapters. Including 'Editor' as an optional additional field would improve these citations.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • All items report - additional values

                                        One of the most obvious uses for the All Items report in the Reports section is to profile resources in a Tenancy by Type. Can the report be extended to include - Type (to enable a report on the spread of Types) and by a value which would distinguish electronic from non-electronic resource (such as the inclusion of a DOI or Web address), so that the split between electronic and non-electronic items can easily be calculated.

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

                                          This report has already been improved to include type and the DOI. Web address has now been included in the CSV export also

                                        • Display the 'Term' of lists in the Reports results

                                          Is it possible to show the 'Term' for a list in the new Reports function results? For management statistics we are often comparing one year to another and we have recently decided that we will keep the current year and the previous 2 years of lists on Aspire before archiving a list.

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

                                            Time period is now one of the columns and filters in teh All Lists BETA report

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