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  1. 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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  2. 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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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

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

  3. 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.

  4. Include call number and location of item on one interface for students

    At the moment, the only way to see a call number of a book (if we have it of course) is to click on the item, taking us away from the long list or resources. This addition may encourage more lecturers to use Talis as all the relevant item location information will be available on one interface, making it then suitable for printing. Just a quick idea I had after a reading list meeting.

    3 votes
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  5. Null read status

    We have had student feedback that if they accidentally set a Read Status, the available options (Will read/Reading now/Have read/Won't read) are not always applicable. We would like the option to be able to revert back to a 'null' read status.

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  6. Improved RIS support for import and export of citations to other reference manager software

    Currently, Talis allows mapping of RIS data in and out of Talis as detailed here: http://support.talis.com/hc/en-us/articles/206848335-Mapping-RIS-fields-to-Talis-Aspire
    We would like "editor" and authors of chapters to be included in this to allow greater specificity for importing and exporting citations from other systems such as zotero.

    3 votes
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  7. We would like to be able to see the academic year in the list drop-down when adding a bookmark using the "add to list" option.

    At present we have several year's worth of lists visible within Talis Aspire. Academics can not tell which list is the current year list when adding new items to their lists using the "add to list" option while editing. It would improve their ease of use if they could see which list is for which academic year.

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  8. Automatic Online Resource if item has DOI

    Would it be possible to have the Online Resource box automatically ticked if the item has a DOI? The box is checked for eBooks and websites so just wondered if this could be replicated for journal articles.

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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We have implemented this as optional behaviour, raise a support ticket if you would like this behaviour enabled

  9. Include the author in All List Items reports

    We would find it really useful to include the author in the All List Items report. Not all items on the current report include an ISBN which means it can be difficult to work out which item is required for books with common titles and without having to constantly check back to the original record on Aspire.

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  10. Make deleting safer

    The delete function was brought in without its own permission, so anyone who can archive a list can also delete a list. This means a lot of staff here now have the delete option, because they need the archive option.
    If a list is deleted, there is no trace of it whatsoever, even to sysadmins and Support, and there is no way of having any notifications when lists are deleted. This introduces substantial risk.
    We would prefer not to have to remove archive permission from most users, therefore we request that:
    - the delete permission is a separate permission so…

    3 votes
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  11. Context for Feedback messages

    Feedback messages submitted by Aspire have no context.
    When a user submits a feedback message to us, it would be helpful if we knew from what page within our Aspire tenancy they were coming or commenting upon.

    For example, some users have reported broken links for specific items, e.g.

    <p>Broken link - "Human resources professionals torn between global processes and local loyalties" - please remove.&nbsp; Thanks</p>

    but we have no way of knowing from the feedback message to which list this resources applies.

    Could the Aspire feedback form have some pre-populated fields or some other way of helping libraries work…

    3 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This was included in the last release, the source URL is included in the email now.

  12. Ability swich off the automated 'new review' emails

    We would like the ability to switch off the automated emails that go to all Library Acquisitions users when a list is submitted for review.
    They are clogging up the inboxes of a large number of staff members and causing a lot of confusion!
    (Yes, we can set up Outlook rules to filter them but that has to be done by every individual and it would be much more time efficient to do this centrally.)
    We would want to retain the emails where a list is ASSIGNED to a particular user.

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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We have just released the ability to override the automated review notifications by specifying an email address to which notifciations will go to

  13. Including Time Period in list name

    Now we have rolled over I have been handed a few queries around the problem of having 2 lists of the same name in the My Lists page. When using the 'Create and Add to list' function and the dropdown to attach a list to a node, it simply lists the modules by name, no indication of which year the list is for, making it hard to tell which list you are adding things to.

    I think that in these situations (i'm sure there are more but these are the two I have come across) the timestamp should be tacked…

    3 votes
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  14. Automatic Edition Update on Lists

    To have a way of checking the books edition in a list, in comparison to the catalogue. If there were any new editions available in the library by clicking a button you would be able to automatically update the books on your list to the latest edition available in the library.

    3 votes
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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This is similar to the request in this idea: http://ideas.talisaspire.com/forums/32805-talis-aspire-reading-lists-ideas-archive/suggestions/1235711-update-e-book-entries-to-the-latest-edition

    As discussed in that idea, we will not force the use of the newer editions as there may be a pedagogical requirement to use a specific edition and different institutions. However, the List Dashboard provides edition indicators including those in the library catalogue. We are also currently investigating the exposure of edition indicators in the reviews area

  15. prevent academics from publishing list before sending for review

    Academics with list publishing rights can publish their amendments without sending their list for review. This by-passing of library staff in the workflow process can cause problems for users: not linking to the latest edition, not enough copies, poor metadata etc. It would even help library staff with an acquistions role if they were alerted every time a list attched to an academic was amended and published

    3 votes
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  16. Improved VLE integration with IMS LTI

    Story: As a University integration developer, I would like Talis Aspire to use IMS LTI to integrate with the VLE, so that we can create and view lists without leaving VLE, providing a seamless experience for our users and minimising administrative actions.

    Background: IMS Global Learning Consortium has developed the LTI standard to offer standardised integration for service providers across multiple types of VLE. BasicLTI, a precursor to LTI, is supported by all major VLEs. In short, both standards prescribe a launch packet that holds contextual information about the approach, i.e. who, what role and where from. This allows the…

    3 votes
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  17. Making library review outcome comments visible in CSV

    We would like to communicate list review outcomes not only to the owner of a list but to our Acquisitions team too, who would rather receive our purchase requests in Excel sheets than go and look them up in the Talis screen. So, exporting the outcome to an Excel sheet is quite useful here. But the only problem is Last comment under Review Outcome (in which we plan to convey our requests to our Acquisitions team) does not appear when the review is exported to Excel. Is there anything that can be done to make it appear? Thank you.

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  18. Allow students to rate resources within a list.

    Students can already note whether they have read an item or not but it would also be useful for academics and library staff to see how they evaluated individual items on a list.

    3 votes
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    This information is now reflected in the dashboard providing academics and library staff with feedback on how a student is interacting with the list via reading intentions and notes they are making.

  19. Search and reactivate archived lists

    From the user group (Anselm, Annette & Graham) - it should be possible to search for and reactivate archived lists. Perhaps users have to specifically indicate they are searching for archived lists (maybe by checking a tickbox).

    At the moment, it's not clear on how useful archived lists can be, as they cannot be usefully retrieved and reactivated at a later date.

    3 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    There is now a management report to help you locate archived lists. From here, the archived list can be copied and thus revived.

  20. Author entries on bookmarks

    When author details are brought in from catalogue or other source the format is surname, first name. However when you manually add this information to a bookmark the order is first name, surname. This results in author entries being inconsistent when viewed in a list and could confuse students when they are citing an item

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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We made some changes to ensure that when bookmarking they are put into the relevant fields which do display as first name, surname. However, Author names are displayed in format Surname, First name on the list and in the bookmark. The only instance where this does not occur is where we have not been able to match the resource in the catalogue and we bring in the format taken from the source site.

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