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  1. Edit library and student notes within Reviews 2.0

    We'd like to resurrect this idea from 2014 but see it incorporated into Reviews 2.0 http://ideas.talis.com/forums/32805-talis-aspire-reading-lists/suggestions/5335311-ability-to-edit-note-for-library-from-within-the#{toggle_previous_statuses}

    Our team would be keen to have ability to edit library and student notes within the Reviews 2.0 screen rather than having to revert to the original list which is time consuming.

    We use library notes in our acquisitions workflow as this information is populated in the all list items report and you can see actions taken for books not available in the catalogue (whereas review 2.0 comments aren't visible in this report). The ability to update and edit these notes within the reviews…

    83 votes
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      backlog  ·  18 comments  ·  Reviews  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Resource Type

      Make the drop down menu for "Resource Type" customizable.
      We have a lot of different resource types that lecturers want to bookmark, such as music score, law report, school resources.
      Some Law and Music lecturers are against using the system because of this.

      74 votes
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        8 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

        We would like to add some additional resource types.

        However, this is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

        Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

      • Display both print and ebook holdings for one bookmark for the same title (an archived Idea for 2013)

        Here at Sussex we're very keen to have this Idea, archived for 2013, available for voting in the 2014 Ideas Forum: http://ideas.talisaspire.com/forums/32805-talis-aspire-reading-lists-ideas-archive/suggestions/4381768-display-both-print-and-ebook-holdings-for-one-book.

        We're increasingly buying ebooks in addition to print copies, and it would be extremely useful, both to Library staff and students, to have a single entry for a specific work in Aspire, but with linkage to alternative editions. This would provide users with a choice of available formats depending on their needs, as well as promoting the Library’s collection.

        59 votes
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          6 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

          We would like to improve the ability to display as much info that we have about a resource even if it is not the specific format that was originally bookmarked.

          A redesign of how we display holdings would probably be required and this is not currently in our short term development focus.

          This idea so it has been moved to the longer term backlog. It will be merged with a similar existing idea.

          Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

        • Activity audit (knowing who's done what)

          We expect a system to be accountable to an extent, and find it hard that there are no Aspire logs accessible. For instance, when a node has been deleted, there's no way of knowing who has deleted it (apparently our only method is to "ask around"). If lists are edited/deleted/archived, an administrator may well need to get the details of when this happened and who did it, if there are questions/audits/complaints/etc. Even if we are ourselves not able to do this, Support should be able to, so that we can get the information that we need. We cannot be fully…

          48 votes
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            6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

            We think this is a valuable idea and something we will wish to investigate in the future, however its not in our near term development focu so its on our longer term backlog

          • Move a number of bookmarks to a list all in one go

            It would be good if there was a way to move a number of bookmarks to a list all in one go, rather than having to add them individually.

            45 votes
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              0 comments  ·  Bookmarking  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

              This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog. It will be merged with a similar existing idea.

              Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

            • Multiple list owners on a readinglist

              We have many courses where multiple academics are involved in teaching. It would be useful if we could assign more than one list owner so they could work on it collaboratively. Based on feedback from academics this would be very well recieved at our instiution.

              44 votes
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                11 comments  ·  List Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog. It will be merged with a similar existing idea.

                Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

              • Compulsory setting of importance field

                The majority of our academics are not using the 'Set importance' tag for each item on their list. Could this be made a compulsory field when adding the item? This information is required to enable the correct number of items to be purchased and for student information of the books importance.

                44 votes
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                  8 comments  ·  List Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                  This is not included in the scope of the reviews refresh but so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

                  Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

                • Organising 'My Bookmarks'

                  It is becoming really important for our academics to be able to organise their bookmarks. We know tags are the currnet thinking with filters- but some academics have a mental block against this. They are so used to having very structured resources/citations and without the ability to oraganise and sort (things like author- title- date- type- notes/modules ....) the resources within their 'library'

                  40 votes
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                    17 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                    We are currently refactoring the My Bookmarks screen to work in a way that allows users to sort and filter more effectively. Although this won’t include tagging or sorting yet, it does provide the framework for further options in this area.

                  • Report a problem (with this resource)

                    When users click on a broken link, they should have the option of reporting the problem. "Report a problem (with this resource)" which, when taken, should include the link and basic metadata for the resource with the option for the user to provide usual name/email/description information.

                    39 votes
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                      6 comments  ·  Help & Feedback  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                      This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog while we focus on items in the development focus.

                      Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

                    • 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.

                      38 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                        this has been moved to backlog because while we are still committed to exploring hte introduction of this capability, it is not currently planned due to other developments taking priority

                      • Ability to move multiple items simultaneously

                        It would be nice to be able to move more than one item at once within a list. Some imported reading lists have a large number of items which currently can only be moved one by one, which is rather laborious.

                        35 votes
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                          0 comments  ·  List Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                          This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog. It will be merged with a similar existing idea.

                          Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

                        • Ability to remove users

                          Our user report is becoming unwieldy and full of staff who have left. We would like the ability to delete them. This would make user management/review a lot more efficient and accurate.

                          (Yes, if they've left, their account should have been deactivated so they can't access, but this is equally something that should not be relied upon and we should be deleting them from all our systems too.)

                          30 votes
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                            8 comments  ·  Users & Roles  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                            This is a valuable idea and user management is an area I would like us to investigate further.

                            However its not in our near term development focus, so it has been moved to the longer term backlog. Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

                          • Ability to edit, and check links and notes from same page

                            It would be useful to have the option to check links and notes at the same time as editing the metadata for a bookmark.

                            29 votes
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                              backlog  ·  0 comments  ·  List Editing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Export dashboard numbers to excel

                              Ability to be able to export all of the dashboard numbers into a .csv or excel file. At the moment the only way to access this data that I know of is to individually open each list and click on the dashboard. This is very time consuming and we would like to easily compare dashboard numbers across the lists to see which lists are being used. We can then approach lecturers with low dashboard numbers.

                              27 votes
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                                backlog  ·  5 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • Tag items

                                Is it possible to be able to tag / mark items as 'Electronic Resource' for online journal articles and e-books etc and then be able to re-group the list to display all electronic resources together?

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

                                  Tagging is something we plan to address and it is in backlog. However, it is not yet scoped or prioritised but we will update this idea as we progress.

                                • Display sections on their own

                                  Related to the idea of compressing/opening sections (in this idea: http://ideas.talisaspire.com/forums/32805-talis-aspire-ideas/suggestions/3160575-compressing-sections) I'd like some facility to be able to link/jump to a specific section or sub-section of a list, and display it in a way that is uncluttered by the rest of the list.

                                  Ideally this would mean jumping to a section and the display automatically compressing all the other sections. The user could expand / navigate to them if they wanted.

                                  Alternatively the user is taken to a version of the display that only contains the specific section, with a hyperlink back to the full list.

                                  The reason…

                                  25 votes
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                                    backlog  ·  0 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  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.

                                    22 votes
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                                      backlog  ·  3 comments  ·  Viewing Lists & Items  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • "Refresh all book metadata" option to catch bulk changes to e.g. ebook URLs

                                      We have recently applied a change to all our ebook URLs on our catalogue.

                                      I would like Talis to add an option to refresh *all* my book metadata, by re-polling our catalogue for every book item in Aspire with a Local Control Number, updating any fields which have changed.

                                      Without this, I have to identify and manually update all ebook records to update the URLs.

                                      22 votes
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                                        6 comments  ·  Config & Customisation  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                                        The metadata refresh functionality is an area I would like us to review for improvements, which may include being able to select the pieces of data that are updated e.g. the 856 information.

                                        We think this is a valuable idea and something we will wish to investigate in the future, however its not in our near term development focus so its on our longer term backlog

                                      • In Chapter and Article records, set the "Search the library for other formats/editions" option to use the metadata for the book etc.

                                        The bookmark for a book chapter or journal article currently searches the library for other formats/editions based on the first name of the author of the article or chapter, which is unlikely to fulfil the point of the search. It would be better if the bookmarks for chapters and articles used the metadata for the book or journal they are part of to search the library catalogue as this is more likely to bring up relevant results.

                                        21 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

                                          This idea has been moved to the archive forum. I have also changed its category to Viewing lists & items so we pick it up when we are reviewing ideas and improvements in that area.

                                        • Extend the Copy to my bookmarks function

                                          Enable academics to copy an entire list worth of bookmarks from an existing list to their bookmarks folder.
                                          Really useful where lists have been created by admin or library staff and then passed on to the academic to manage.

                                          20 votes
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