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  1. 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.

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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

  2. 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

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  3. 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…

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  4. 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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  5. 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.

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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.

  6. 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.

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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.

  7. 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.

  8. Ability to search on time period as well as

    In some cases we have several instances of a course (same course code and title) but for different time periods. Now that we are assigning a list to a time period, when you search by title is difficult to select the correct year. Previously we added 'Spring 2010' etc after the list title and course code.

    When using the search box, users need to be able to select academic year / term.

    Annette
    University of Sussex

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  9. Library Review report - list summary review

    It could be extremely useful to have a List level summary (both in progress and completed) to give a snapshot view of the review process at the List level. For example:

    List 1234
    Review: Started
    Number of items on list: 24

    Review outcomes:

    On order: 10
    Will not order: 2
    Existing stock sufficient: 10
    Not yet reviewed: 2

    Review started: 01/08/2010
    Last review action: someone@uni.ac.uk - 05/08/2010

    In such a summary, it would be great if those outcome counts were clickable links to filtered views of the matching Items in the List (e.g. 'Show only those Items without a Review…

    3 votes
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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    We’ve released an acquisitions review filtering widget – please ask support to enable this on your tenancy if you want to use it.

  10. Extend search and indexing for My Bookmarks

    The search facility in My Bookmarks appears only to pull back the Title index. At a minimum it would be useful to add some other key fields (notably Author) to that search. It would be good to offer an Advanced search option too, with field specific selection choices

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  11. Download Current Hierarchy

    In order automate the management of the Hierarchy, it would be useful to know what items are currently on the system. Bonus points for the facility to download which have lists attached. My preverence would be to download a simple csv, in the same structure used to upload the initial list

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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    Hi, it’s now possible to download the hierarchy in CSV format from the new All nodes report. Also, there are a suite of reports to cover the ‘empty nodes’ requirement discussed in Ian’s comment.

  12. Book chapter as resource type

    'Book chapter' is currently unavailable as a resource type, we would like to see this made available to use when referring to a specific book chapter, or range of chapters within a book

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  13. 'Back to top' / 'Back to TOC' link in long lists

    The TOC functionality allows downwards/forward navigation in long lists, but there is no equivalent upwards/backwards link. Could such a link be defaulted (premised on a business rule about list item length, perhaps)?

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    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Improved ToC functionality now includes a docking ToC which is always visible as you scroll through a list and allows you to jump to any section

  14. Tracking academic involvment

    It would be really helpful (for unmediated services) to be able to track the activities of academics. Things like:-

    When they were registered
    Did they accept the invitation
    When they first created/edited a list
    How often they are in 'edit' mode on the lists

    Matt has provided us a text-file of the email adresses that invites have gone out to- but that was a 'one-off' request and while helpful- it cannot really help with the engagement and 'user ed' work my subject librarian friends want to do.

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    completed  ·  chrisc responded

    We have delivered this through the user activity console – please email Ian Corns to gain access

  15. Saving bookmarks before deleting items in new list view

    It would be useful to have the 'add to my bookmarks' function on the edit view, so that you can save the bookmark in case of later need on that view before deleting an item from the list.

    Currently, to save the bookmark you need to be in the published view and then switch to the edit view to delete the item. It would be useful to have this all available in edit when working on lists which have been added without bookmarks already in place.

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  16. Include edition field in item reports

    The all items report includes most of the metadata that belongs to an item, but does not include the edition statement. Doing so would make it possible to see at a glance what items are added to lists and how they are formatted - identify edition statements in words, for example, which have implications for reference formatting. The editions functionality in reviews does something different, and does not allow you to create reports like this. Given how few fields there are in item records, we should be able to report on all of them.

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    We have released a change to the All List items report export, you can now view the following data:

    Edition

    This will help you identifying editions used in reading lists across your tenancy.

  17. Allow Google to crawl reading lists

    Google is currently blocked by Talis from crawling reading lists, however other search engines are not. Google is currently the most popular search engine and allowing it to crawl and index reading lists would enhance discoverability.

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  18. Changes to student numbers visible in review history

    As lists are now being resubmitted for the next academic year, student numbers on modules are changing, and that means we may need to purchase more copies of books. At the moment we can't see if student numbers have gone up from within Talis - we have to log each reading list in a spreadsheet and check this every time. If changes to student numbers were visible in the review history, this would make our workflow much more streamlined and we wouldn't need the spreadsheet workaround.

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  19. Have a "global" or "select multiple" option for completing reading lists.

    We are currently set for receiving lists for review every time changes are saved. As our copyright team are working through, we have 500 lists coming into our review screen all of which need to be completed for rollover, but that we don't need to actually do any work on. If we could select these and "complete all selected" this would be much faster - at the moment we're going into each one individually, which is taking a lot of time.

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  20. Adding the Publisher as a field to the 'All List Items Report'

    This would allow us to sort all of our essential texts by publisher which would help us to target e-book negotiations with publishers where we know that we require a large number of texts

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