How can we improve Talis Aspire Reading Lists?

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 improvement could be to allow the field that the link goes to be specified ie weblink, doi, openurl.

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    Caroline Thorpe shared this idea  ·   ·  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.

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      • Adam Edwards commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When is Phase 4 going to be done?

        I need this change right now to make my lists usable. Very dissapointed at the further delay.

        Adam

      • Wayne Morris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When will this be released please?

        I have some doubts about it, but we need (and academics request) to be able to flag the very many digitized book chapters and journal articles we offer via Aspire.

      • Richard Cross commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just to expand on Caroline's last point -

        It would be great to have tickboxes in the Edit item screen (for full view) that toggled the display or non-display of each link element.

        There might be a DOI link, a URL and (where the threshold is met) an OpenURL link resolver link. In different circumstances, it might be useful to have 1, 2 or all 3 of these display, depending on type, delivery destination and the granularity of deep-linking/OpenURL resolution available.

        Right now, there's no way to stop the OpenURL link resolver from displaying if the threshold is met, and you only have delete-it-or-display-it options for other URLs. If each of the link options was selectable for show/hide, the list editor would have completely independent control of the best linking options to offer the student.

        (Why not just delete links that aren't optimal? Well, those can be useful for library processes - and, in any case, I'm increasingly interested in the idea of item records containing more non-displaying, admin fields - useful for libraries, but not something students need to be shown).

      • Wayne Morris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm interested in learning how libraries interested in this feature plan to manage switching on the button for online journal articles offered via a link resolver?

        Isn't there going to be a large administrative cost checking the resolved link to see if an article is available online, followed by future checking as institutional subscriptions change?

        Why can't why add 'format' from the Add field option too, please?

      • Adam Edwards commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Desperately need this. Lists are dominated by Preview which is useless yet chapters from books and journal articles which are full text are not highlighted.

        Really really poor feature. Should be top priority for change.

        Adam

      • Rosie Sinden-Evans commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Enabling list editors to manage this feature would really help achieve success with our reading lists and assure students and academic staff that we are doing our best to ease their access to online resources rather than cause further confusion.

      • Adam Edwards commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Very much support this. My lists are full of links to Google Preview books, which are of course, only useful if they preview the bit you want, and nothing to highlight the journal articles and web links which really are online.
        Really should be a top priority thing to change to make Aspire student friendly.
        Adam

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