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  1. "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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  2. 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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    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

  3. 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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    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.

  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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

  7. 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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  8. 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 - for example…
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  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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

  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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…

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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

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

  19. 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

  20. 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…

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