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  1. Display of chapters

    When we add specific chapters to lists we'd like the title of the book as well as the title of the chapter to be automatically included in the display. We currently manually edit entries to include both, for example.
    The Reformation Parliament, IN: Parliament and politics in Scotland, 1235-1560 - K. M. Brown
    This think would make it easier for students to identify the chapter when browsing a list

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      13 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Bulk Archiving

      We would like to be able to bulk archive reading lists for a given time period at the end of September each year.

      Our policy is to keep the current year's reading lists public in Aspire until the end of September for the benefit of any students that are doing re-sits. However, the only bulk option for archiving lists is only available during the Rollover of lists to a new time-period. We rollover lists at the end of the Summer term (June) so that academics or library staff can start editing the list for the next academic year. So from…

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        19 comments  ·  Bulk Actions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • A keyword search for e.g. book titles within Talis Aspire

        The ability to search for book titles within the Talis Aspire tenancy from a search box, thus allowing users to see if books are on other lists.

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          9 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We have added in functionality to the All List Items report to allow you to search by title and ISBN allowing you to identify where book titles are being used across your tenancy.

        • Display list in an alternate style

          Ability to display lists in a specific citation style - Many of our courses use the Harvard style and although lists can be viewed as a bibliography and exported in specific citation styles, our course organisers would like to be able to provide a consistent approach in the way they are presenting their reading lists. They would like the option to present the list itself in the Harvard style, i.e. by Author first not Title.

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            17 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Automatic linking to new titles ordered

            I know this idea has been discussed before but can't find it as an 'idea' as it would be a very valuable and time-saving feature for Aspire to recognise when an item bookmarked from Amazon, for example, is ordered and becomes available from the Library or is in fact already in the Library. Academics won't want to go back in to a list and bookmark and add new titles to their list neither will library staff .

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            • Export list as printable document (e.g. txt, rtf, doc, pdf)

              From an academic ...

              At the risk of becoming unpopular...I would like to be able to use the online reading list to populate a module handbook - but this new version does not have an easily copyable format.

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                19 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Online buttons on the main list page to be managed by list editor rather than resource type

                by adding a check box field in the record for any resource. Checking this box would display an online resource image on the list main page which would link to the web link in the record. This would also allow users to manage situations where for example an 856 link does not actually go to the full text, as they could uncheck the box.

                We have many digitised resources which are book chapters or articles, this would enable us to give them the correct resource type and still have them showing up as online resources in the list.

                A further…

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

                  With apologies for the delay in getting this implemented, the ability to manually set the online resource button has been implemented with the ability to set which link the button will send the user to.

                • ability to filter by library notes

                  We have a number of long lists and academics tend to add notes to lists such as 'please buy new edition' which on a 300+ item list is hard to find - could the reviews screen be updated to allow you to filter by library notes or at least sort the table by the library notes column?

                  29 votes
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                    6 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                    We are investigating the possibility of this capability in the reviews refresh theme

                  • customisation of the reference management software used in the export button

                    Currently, clicking the export button in a reading list defaults to either saving an RIS file, or opening in EndNote.

                    I suggest that the functionality of the button should be customisable to reflect the preferred institutional reference management software.

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

                      I’m closing this idea as we have now enabled Refworks direct export from a reading list as well as “My Bookmarks”. We will not be investigating Endnote support unless there is a demand for it. We will however, look at addresssing the capability to turn off the export to refworks option where not applicable

                    • Automatic request review

                      Currently, a list can be published without a review being requested. Our preferred option would be for an 'automatic' review to be sent whenever a list was published for the first time, or indeed updated. Ideally, we want Aspire to force a review to library staff whenever a list is created/edited and published so that the library is aware of new list content.

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

                        This is now done, please contact support if you would like this option enabled

                      • Don't make users create a profile when signing in to view a digitisation

                        At the moment, if you "sign in" from a reading list item page to view a digitisation, you have to create a profile first.

                        Most users who sign in to view a digitisation are students, who have little to gain from creating a profile on Talis Aspire.

                        In our experience, any step which delays access to full text will deter users.

                        I would like the profile creation to be skipped or deferred for users who are "only" signing in to view a digitisation.

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                          completed  ·  5 comments  ·  Users & Roles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Display the Edition metadata in the reading list view

                          Current the reading list title, author(s) and publication date are displayed in a reading list. The user needs to click on the title to see the remaining metadata information, such as Edition. This is an idea to also display the Edition data (if available) in the reading list view. Exposing the edition data at a glance would be useful to the student, as well as the list owner. It would help to keep the list up to date, and assist with list auditing and quality checking.

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                            3 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Make the OpenURL link for articles optional

                            The OpenURL link will only work successfully for articles which are found in your electronic journal subscriptions. For articles which are in open access journals or in your print collection, the OpenURL link will always fail, which may lead your students to believe they cannot access the article.

                            Make the display of the OpenURL link for articles optional so it can be suppressed for open access, print or other articles which will not be found via your link resolver.

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                              completed  ·  3 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Issue with chapters “Part of” / “Is part of” at review stage.

                              We have found a problem with the use of the “Part of” / “Is part of” function particularly at the review stage. Resources bookmarked and then amended to provide the details of a particular chapter show in the review stage as a chapter and it is the chapter information which is displayed to the reviewer rather than the resource it is part of.

                              This is problematic because multiple chapters from the same book can appear on a list in this format but it is not immediately clear that they are all part of the same resource and therefore have to…

                              21 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                completed  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                                We are exploring some ideas around improving this this as part of the reviews work we are doing

                              • Prepare for RDA

                                We notice that RDA records (Resource Description and Access), which are now beginning to appear, are not being bookmarked fully with publication details into Aspire. This is because RDA uses MARC field 264 instead of 260, and Aspire doesn't yet 'recognise' 264. Please could Aspire be made 'RDA-ready' for when we, and no doubt many other customers, move to RDA.

                                We haven't yet implemented RDA but plan to do so soon, and we are already accepting records for downloading that are in RDA MARC format.

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                                • My Lists - default sort by Title

                                  A small but helpful tweak - could the My Lists list default to an A-Z Title sort.

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                                  • Recent Changes Dynamic Link

                                    At the moment clicking on the "Recent Changes" link to see the changes that a tutor has made to a list leads to a static link with a "Description" (e.g. "3 items added"). Could this link be made dynamic so that we can see which items have been added, etc?

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                                    • Reviews 2 - Make "All instances of this item" the default view in the item pane

                                      “All instances of this item” should be made the default view, when looking at the review history notes within each item in Reviews 2.

                                      This cross-list functionality where the Acquisitions team can see each other’s review notes is one of the improved aspects of Reviews 2.

                                      Being able to view notes on "All Instances of this item" saves time, particularly with multiple lists submitted for review by the same owner, where there is considerable crossover of the same texts appearing on different lists, and the Acquisitions decision has already been made.

                                      Having it as the default view, instead of just…

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                                      • Give the option to switch off the "list bibliography" option

                                        While we appreciate it is still in beta mode we would like there to be an option to switch off the "list bibliography" feature. The version of Harvard used here does not match the approved style for RGU and therefore it could cause problems for students by misleading them. Until we have chance to speak to academic staff and ask them to weight the pros and cons we would like to have it turned off.

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

                                          We’ve begun some work to allow you to specify the styles you would like to appear in the citations drop-down. In the interim, it is possible to place a configurabe message above the bibliography to indicate that it is a BETA feature and may not contain the relevant styles. Please contact support if you want to display some messaging.

                                        • Invite List Publisher in draft status

                                          We have been working with academics over the Summer and have needed to 'invite list publisher' when a list is still in draft status. However, the 'Invite list publisher' link only shows when a list has been published. Is it possible to add this function to draft status?

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

                                            Not yet scheduled but we plan to address this. Idea will be updated when it is scheduled

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