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  1. Enabling lists to be sorted by importance

    Allow a student to be able to see resources on a list grouped by their assigned importance i.e. all the essential reading, all the recommended etc

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    • Tenancy level custom 404 pages

      Where a deep-link to a location in a Tenancy is malformed and produces a 404 error (such as http://resourcelists.ntu.ac.uk/modules/snbx/lists) Aspire you not present a generic 404 dead-end but a custom 404 capture page - including navigation options and links and the ability to report the error.

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        3 comments  ·  Config & Customisation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

        This has been addressed and you should see more informative error pages and error information after Phase III of the database re-architecture is released on 18th Dec

      • Allow administrators to manually create or edit hierarchy nodes (schools, modules, courses)

        Users with the node administrator permission will be able to create new or edit existing nodes (schools, courses, modules) in the hierarchy (i.e. the node name, code, description and parent).

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        • Implement devolved permissions

          On completion of this story, users would be assigned roles on login according to what is sent across in the SAML Response. These roles would be sourced from a central authority outside of Aspire.

          Running in this mode, Aspire would no longer have control or responsibility over how roles are assigned to users, and would be merely taking a lead from information passed in the response. The process for a user assuming a role would occur outside the system boundary.

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          • Alternative authority catalogue for physical stock items not held by local library

            We're thinking through how the Bookmark tool could better support academic creation of a list where an academic wants to add items not yet held by the library (which may be subsequently purchased). To ensure that the library gets a good quality Bibliographic record from which to work, is it possible that alternative catalogues, such as COPAC (http://copac.ac.uk/) or the BL catalogue (http://catalogue.bl.uk/) could be configured to work with the bookmarking tool. We could then clearly advise academics: "If you don't find it in the library catalogue, try COPAC or the BL." I'm not currently clear…

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

              We’re currently assessing the best way to implement this. We’ve been in contact with COPAC and are looking at Open Library. A solution closer to home would be to utilise the union catalog held in Talis Base.
              My initial investigations show that coverage could be extended to WorldCat (and others) by making use of COINS metadata to pass the identifiers to Aspire, whereby Aspire would then look up those in your local catalog first, and then a union (if there was no local record).
              We plan to implement this feature during September.

            • Making setting the importance of an item for Acquisition more obvious

              Marking the importance of items on a list is essential information in order for the Library to ensure additional copies and new titles are ordered when resourcing a course. I would like to see the 'importance' drop-down list and 'note to library field' having a higher visibility . I think this needs to be done at the point of adding an item to a list - - currently a tutor would need to go back into each item they have added to a list to mark the 'importance'. When you Create and Add an Item directly to a list- a…

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              • Expand list of academic disciplines and/or make the list customizable

                Expand list of academic disciplines and/or make the list customizable.

                We have received a request to add Built Environment to the list as there is no equivalent discipline available

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                  2 comments  ·  Users & Roles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Talis Aspire Reading Lists (TARL) – Profile screen in Talis Aspire Reading Lists no longer asks for ‘Main Discipline’, this was based on feedback, that it didn’t cover enough variation or localisation on subjects. As it wasn’t mandatory, no meaningful trends could be gleamed from the data available so we decided this was no longer adding value and have therefore removed. We will keep an open watch on this to see the feedback that we get from this being removed.

                • Pending Digitised Content Requests to display in Review list

                  While a list is been reviewed it will be good to have an extra column in Review lists, where the pending digitisation requests could display. This will make the reviewer aware that there is a pending digitisation request instead of placing the book in a Reserve Collection.

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                  • All List Items Report to include Student Notes

                    We would find it useful for the All List Items Report to include Student Notes, just like it includes Library Notes.
                    With a Library managed list building model, we would like to use this as an overall quality control including checks for typos and consistency of message and to check on bookmarks created for chapters which we weren't able to scan due to copyright restrictions (as we include a Student Note to direct the student to the chapter in this instance).
                    At the moment, it's only possible to see this information list by list.

                    Cheers,

                    SvG

                    Stacey van Groll
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                    • Reviewing draft list - difficult to read text with a grey background

                      When reviewing a list the item area is greyed out if the review is for a draft list. It's not easy to read the text with a grey background. The only way to stop a draft list from being a draft is to publish it but we don't want to publish a list until a review is completed. If it’s necessary to warn staff that the list being reviewed is a draft list, we would like this information to be displayed in some other way.

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                      • "Back to list" in item should go to back to where user has come from in list

                        Some of our lists are quite long. From the user's point of view if they click into an item to view it and then "Go back to list" they are always taken back to the very top of the list. It would be much better if they could be returned to the point in the list they left ... or at least to the section they left. Going back to the very top of a long list is quite annoying for users.

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                          completed  ·  1 comment  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Supress 'no copies held' on e books

                          Under the Library Availability banner when we have an Electronic book, we would like to suppress "no copies held" - we think that it will confuse our students

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

                            We have made some changes to the library availability display. Where an eBook is detected, we display an appropriate message instead of the availability information. This was in our last release

                          • Linking to Ex Libris Primo

                            We are changing our catalogue from Ex Libris Voyager to Ex Libris Primo next year. Currently, there is no bookmark in Aspire that recognises Primo. We are hoping that Talis will be able to develop one

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

                              We released this on the 22nd July 2011. Anyone who wants to switch their catalogue to Ex Libris Primo please contact talis support.

                            • Draft view - functional Preview

                              Liasison Libarians have requested that links in Draft lists be enable - effectively providing a 'Preview' of what the published list will look like and if its links work as expected. At present, there is no way for academics to check the veracity of their linking (or of the library look-up for their Items) ahead of publication.

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                              • Separator for multiple authors

                                Where a resource has multiple authors the names are currently separated by a comma. This could be confusing for a non-Librarian as a comma is also used between first name and last name. Could a semi-colon be to separate authors instead?

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                                • Implement time periods within Aspire

                                  Allow an administrator to specify a list of time periods in Aspire. A time period is made up of a label, a start date and an end date (example - "Autumn Term 10/11", "1st Sept 2010", "31st December 2010").

                                  List editors will be able to optionally assign a list to a given time period.

                                  The time period will be visible from the list outline view, and also within the linked lists table on the module view.

                                  An extension of the linking API will be developed so that the VLE can link directly to all lists for a given time period,…

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                                    completed  ·  chrisc responded

                                    With the completion of the API work this is now complete

                                  • Allow administrators to create new areas of the hierarchy via a bulk upload facility

                                    This would allow administrators to add to the modules and structure already inside Aspire using the standard format already defined in the data conversion and tenancy implementation process.

                                    This would not allow bulk changes or removals from the existing hierarchy.

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                                    • Option to make a list Closed Access

                                      At the moment it appears that new lists are automatically 'Open Access' and both list title and individual items are searchable on Google. Feedback from our academics indicates that not all will want their lists to be open access or if the list was Open Access, they would want to attach a Creative Commons licence to their list. A couple of points around this scenario:

                                      1. Can an academic make his own list 'closed access'?
                                      2. Can an academic attach a Creative Commons licence to his own list?
                                      3. Can an academic restrict a specific item from being Open Access…

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                                      • Option to apply a Citation Style to a resource list

                                        In the early days of discussion around the development of Talis Aspire- we talked about displaying resources in a list using a choice of Citation Styles.

                                        Although there is further metadata in the Availability- Buying Options and Notes view of an item- I think it would improve the look of the list and be useful to all users (students- academics or library staff) to see the full reference as a citation.

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

                                          List Bibliography feature allows the contents of an Aspire list to be viewed in a citation style

                                        • 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.

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